Yazz Ahmed

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Trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Yazz Ahmed is a gifted performer who draws inspiration from her love of post-bop jazz and her Middle Eastern heritage. Born in Bahrain in 1983, Ahmed grew up in Carshalton, Surrey, England, where she first began playing trumpet at age nine. Encouraged by her grandfather, jazz trumpeter Terry Brown, Ahmed progressed quickly, taking private lessons and playing in the school orchestra. She honed her skills after high school, earning her bachelor's degree from Kingston University and later studying on the postgraduate level at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. During her time in London, she formed her own group and recorded her debut album, Finding My Way Home, which showcased her genre-bending mix of modal jazz and Arabic scales and rhythms. In 2011 she garnered yet more attention playing flügelhorn on Radiohead's The King of Limbs. Since leaving school she has found work with a bevy of artists, including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Rufus Reid, Mark Nightingale, Lee "Scratch" Perry, the London Jazz Orchestra, and many more. In 2017 she delivered her sophomore solo album, Saboteuse, which featured a cover of Radiohead's "Bloom." ~ Matt Collar

HOMETOWN
Bahrain
GENRE
Jazz

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