Musical Direction

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Jazz Choirs MD and Co-founder  Ben Cox and partner Jack Mizzi’s brilliant rendition of one of our favourite Jazz Choirs arrangements ‘A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square’…

Ben Cox

Musical Director / Co-Founder

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Ben is an accomplished musician who brings a fresh, unique sound to the jazz scene who is fast gaining a reputation for his mesmerising tone and his captivating interpretation and delivery.

Having studied Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ben was a founding member of successful vocal group Vive. Heavily involved in the London A Cappella festival, Vive won the Voice Festival UK choir competition in 2013 along with the Ward Swingle Award.

Heading up the ‘The Ben Cox Band’, Ben tours around the UK, regularly playing major jazz festivals, including London, Cheltenham and Scarborough as well ‘sold out’ performances at prestigious venue’s like Ronnie Scott’s and the Pizza Express jazz club.

In 2015 Ben released his debut original album ‘This Waiting Game’ to critical acclaim – It was named by the Daily Telegraph as one of the best jazz albums of 2015 and quickly followed up with his second album ‘Round and Round’ in 2016. Ben is currently recording and touring his latest project ‘Hourglass: The Music of James Taylor’.

Ben is passionate about jazz music and his vision for Jazz Choirs is to make this wonderful music accessible outside of the confines of music theory and celebrate it where it lives in the heart of the people it touches.

 

Jonathan Taylor

Accompanist

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Jonathan has been a pianist, composer and educator for twenty years in the fields of jazz and tango music, has worked with legendary funk musicians Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley and played and recorded with many great jazz musicians including Iain Ballamy, Eddie Parker, Andy Sheppard, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead and Steve Arguelles. Jonathan has written music for large and small ensembles, contemporary dance and music education projects and currently teaches jazz at the Guildhall School in London as well as being a music examiner for ABRSM.

Jonathan is a founding member of the UK’s leading tango ensemble ‘Tango Siempre’ performing with them all over the UK and Europe. Jonathan co-created and toured successful West-End show ‘Midnight Tango’ featuring dancers Vincent & Flavia and Jonathan’s other theater work includes ‘Edward Scissorhands’ by choreographer Matthew Bourne and ‘Blues Brother Soul Siste’r with soul singer Ruby Turner. Most recently Jonathan founded acoustic Folk Trio Counter’s Creek who regularly perform around the UK.