Henry Spencer

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Henry Spencer (Trumpet & Flugelhorn)
Ant Law (Guitar)
Matt Robinson (Piano)
Jamie Murray (Drums)

Henry Spencer is a multi-award-winning trumpeter, bandleader and composer releasing music under his own name and touring with his band, which features the outstanding guitar technique of Ant Law and Henry's fiery brass sound.

Henry Spencer

From growing up on a working UK farm, to being London-based its been a whirlwind, strangely also the name of the record label he ended up releasing his records on!
Born in Wiltshire, Henry started playing the piano at a very young age and later the trumpet at the age of ten.
In 2006 he was awarded a DfES scholarship as a Specialist Musician at Wells Cathedral School. In 2008, he successfully auditioned winning a place on the four-year jazz course (BMus Hons.) at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He studied and was involved in masterclasses with musicians such as John Scofield, Randy Brecker, Joshua Redman & Christian McBride. Trevor Tomkins & Gerard Presencer.

Upon moving to the city Henry Spencer, established himself as a trumpet player, composer and bandleader on the London jazz scene. He immediately began performing, recording and touring, independently of the conservatoire, in a range of jazz groups, pop/rock bands and recording sessions, such as with Ollie Howell, London City Big Band, London Jazz Orchestra, George Porter Jr (The Meters), The Hara, Samuel Jack, Crowd Company & The Manor.

Henry formed his group as an outlet for his compositions. His band's debut performance resulted in him winning the Best Newcomer Award at the Marlborough Jazz Festival, and then, prior to releasing his debut album with UK/US record label, Whirlwind Recordings, he won the UK's Emerging Excellence Award (Help Musicians UK).
His debut album received critical acclaim across Europe ("Contender for album of the year" - AAJ) and his EP release in 2022 (The Survivor and The Descendant) was made with multi-GRAMMY winning Dave Darlington in New York (Miles Davis, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson).

"Spectacular." - The Guardian.

Henry Spencer

Touching jazz, rock and minimalism, the music's "astonishing dynamic variety" (Manchester Jazz Festival) combines Henry's intense, raw energy and moments of intimate, heart-felt, lyrical melodies - almost as if there were words being sung.

Henry's unusual and personal approach gives the music an impactful strength, that draws in the listener. Henry is driven to write and perform to deal with personal experience - much like a singer songwriter


"5***** Henry Spencer is considered a great talent of the British scene drawing a high level of recognition" - InMusic (Denmark).

Henry's band operates as a quintet or a quartet, where the awesome 6-string guitar technique of Ant Law plays both the bass and guitar parts, maintaining a rare dynamic for the band

Ant Law

Ant Law was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he lived until the age of 16. From a young age he was exposed to early blues and rock 'n' roll, as well as Arabic music. He began playing classical piano & guitar around the age of 8, concentrating on guitar in his teens. A history teacher gave him a video of Stevie Ray Vaughan playing live, which was a huge influence, along with videos of Guns 'n' Roses, Queen, and later on Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

Ant studied Physics on a scholarship at Edinburgh University. In the summer before his final year there he completed a summer semester at Berklee College Of Music, Boston, USA. This, he says, was crucial because he heard gospel music and gospel drummers for the first time, and lots of Latin American music.

Since 2010 Ant has concentrated on make a living playing guitar, eventually moving to London and immersing himself in the scene there and touring internationally. He has also lived in NYC for a season where he studied with his heroes Ari Hoenig, Ben Monder, Adam Rogers, Lage Lund, Johannes Weidenmueller, Tim Miller and others.

In addition to leading his own projects, Ant plays in Tim Garland's band with Jason Rebello & Asaf Sirkis, featuring on albums 'Songs To The North Sky', 'Return To The Fire' & 'ONE' which was shortlisted for a Grammy and won the Jazzwise Best Album award.

"Ant Law is an innovator" - The Guardian (2013).....
"What a game changer he can be" - The Guardian (2017)....

Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson is a London based pianist, composer and producer, primarily in jazz and contemporary music. Best known for his melodic improvisations, harmonically nuanced playing, swirling synth soundscapes and use of live electronics.

He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the Edwin Samuel Dove prize and a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship upon graduation.

Matt has performed, written and recorded with many leading musicians on the UK scene including Snowpoet (heard at Bristol Jazz Festival 2018), Flying Machines, The Magic Lantern, Josienne Clarke & the Nick Costley-White Quartet.

Matt is part of a new duo collaboration Solitary Creatures with Swedish vocalist and composer Emilia Mårtensson. They have released three singles on Edition Records with more music coming soon. Matt is also one half of new Indie-Folk project Wanderland with singer and visual artist Natalie Wildgoose. They released their debut EP Songs I in July 2021 and have already featured in CLASH magazine as well as on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio York and BBC 6 Music. They are now working on a second EP due for release later in 2022.

"The long Mehldau-like piano intro to the graceful 'For Anya' highlights resourceful young pianist Matt Robinson's spontaneity" - John Fordham, The Guardian

Jamie Murray

Jamie Murray, is one of the best up & coming drummers around. A forward thinking conceptual player with a solid groove style and an open-minded approach to free experimentation. His live performances are always fresh and exhilarating!
Jamie has a strong sense of writing; his own compositions are personal and original, with an Electronic-Jazz-Fusion-style attached to them.

Jamie has played with most of his contempories in London, as well as crossing into the electronic pop world. he's played and recording with Jazz giants from the Sun Ra Arkestra- Knoel Scott & Cecil Brooks as well as numourous major jazz musicians, country wide.

Currently Jamie is involved in a number of projects; consistently touring Europe and the USA as a sideman and also as a bandleader. His current projects "Beat Replacement" and "JZ Replacement" have enabled Jamie to perform across the world in the Jazz-crossover genre performing with some of the most innovative and forward-thinking musicians of today.

His first album "Disrespectful" featuring bass legend Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Donny McCaslin, Vinnie Colaiuta) and Russian sax master Zhenya Strigalev (Eric Harland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Aaron Parks) is out via "Rainy Days" record label on all music platforms.

"Jamie Murray....the shape of Jazz to come." Jazzwise Magazine ****

henryspencermusic.com  antlaw.co.uk  mattrobinsonmusic.com  jamiemurraydrums.com

Video clips include The Survivor & the Descendant - by Henry Spencer & Juncture from the EP of the same name, written & composed by Henry Spencer dancer on the video clip is Shanley Jorge-Elde

Followed by "The Defector" a studio music video for the latest album The Defector click on 'Watch on Youtube'

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