Our tutors are all professional jazz musicians and experienced educators in a variety of settings. Use the drop down menu to take you to individual biographies of our current tutors.
Visiting tutors have included Jason Rebello, Iain Ballamy, Mike Mower and Pee Wee Ellis.
Mike Daniels (Musical Director) – Trumpet
Mike discovered at an impressionable age that the trumpet has a fantastic high register! Gaining a music degree and qualifying as a teacher he settled in Bath and fitted in a busy freelance trumpet-playing career including playing for Bath Philharmonia and many choral societies across the region. He also specialises in authentic performance playing natural trumpet including many performances for Bath Baroque and Bradford Baroque Band. Mike has appeared regularly in the pit playing for shows in Bath and Bristol and plays for the outstanding Premiere Brass Quintet. With the aid of friend Matt Finch he co-founded the Gorgeous Big Horns Big Band and has been fortunate to work with Pee Wee Ellis, Jason Rebello, Mike Mower, Andy Sheppard, Iain Ballamy, Mark Nightingale and John Law.
Rachel Kerry – Piano
Since graduating with BA(Hons) Music and obtaining diplomas; CT ABRSM, LRSM and Graduate Diploma in Jazz, Rachel has pursued a career as a pianist, educator and examiner. Rachel’s varied musical career includes performing, teaching in a range of settings and styles as well as tutoring for Jazz Factory and also examining for Trinity College London. Currently Rachel is leading her own trio/duo, playing in a well regarded local bigband, organising and directing a short intensive jazz course, Play Jazz Weekend and teaching the piano in three schools.
Damian Cook – Saxophone
After studying flute for a couple of years, Damian finally got his hands on a sax and began the journey that would eventually lead him to the renowned Leeds College of Music, where he studied for 3 years, graduating in 2001 with a BA in Jazz Studies. Damian has toured internationally with artists including The Four Tops, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, The Drifters, Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Roy Wood (Wizard/ELO/TheMove), to name a few.Damian has also performed in the West End and toured with shows including Chicago, Avenue Q, and The Rat Pack.
Emma Harris – Vocals
At seventeen Emma embarked on a lifelong love affair with Jazz. In 1996 she moved to the West Country and spent gigging with various groups in the area. She has sung with MOBO nominee Natalie Williams and Pianist Joe Stilgoe at Babington House. Emma has worked as a vocal coach for theatre productions and led workshops in Vocal Improvisation. She is a member of The Natural Voice Teachers Association and led natural voice choirs and workshops for many years specialising in Gospel and World Music. She trained at Goldsmiths University of London as a Community Music Leader.
Ross Hughes – Saxophone
Ross Hughes plays woodwinds, keyboards and bass. Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama he has worked with the following either live or in the studio: Alma No Fear, BBC Concert Orchestra, Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow, Brains & Hunch, Bristol Old Vic, Celloman, Charles Hazlewood, Charlie Winston, Chartwell Dutiro, Cibelle, Davide Mantovani, Esben Tjalve, Filter Theatre, Gas Giants, Goldfrapp, Guida da Palma, Kneehigh Theatre, LCCM, The London Snorkelling Team, The Lost & Wandering Jazz & Blues Band, Lucinda Belle, Muntu Valdo, Perfume Genius, Portishead, Roland Perrin, Simon Bookish, Spymonkey Comedy & The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble. As a teacher, Ross has tutored the evening and weekend performance workshops at LCCM.