Simon Purcell - piano
The course is an excellent hands on introduction to Cuban music. The teaching team of Sierra McGuinness and Sierra Maestra is excellent. It was wonderful to be able to go out in the evenings and hear top class bands playing what we were aspiring to, and to enjoy the convivial company of course participants and organisers.
Simon Purcell is a highly respected jazz educationalist and is Head of Jazz Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and member of the Jazz and Pop Steering Group for the Association of European Conservatoires. He composes and arranges for his own small groups and Octet and has performed with Red Rodney, Kenny Wheeler, Jean Toussaint and Eddie Henderson, amongst many others. In 2006, received the award for Jazz Educationalist of the Year from the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Committee. A CD will be recorded in July 2013 to be released in November.
Find out more about Simon Purcell at http://simonpurcell.wordpress.com