SpiceJazz presents: SHIRLEY SMART SEXTET

Line up:
SHIRLEY SMART – cello
AlLISTAIR MARTIN- trumpet
JAMES ARBEN – tenor saxophone/flute
JOHN CRAWFORD – piano
MARCUS PENROSE – bass
JON SCOTT – drums

Shirley  Smart is recognised as one of the UK’s most versatile and creative  cellists – being equally at home and well versed in jazz and Middle  Eastern music, as well as classical music.

Originally trained  under Raphael Wallfisch at the Guilldhall School of Music, and Janos  Starker in Paris, she subsequently moved to Jerusalem, where she  remained for 10 years, studying and performing a wide variety of musical  traditions from the North Africa, Turkey and Middle East. She was also  highly active on the jazz scene, working with artists including Avishai  Cohen, Omer Avital and Yasmin Levy. Since returning to the UK, she has  quickly become known as one of the most creative cellists on the music  scene and has worked with many leading jazz and world music groups,  including Antonio Forcione, Mulato Astatke, Gilad Atzmon, Neil Cowley,  Julian Ferraretto, Robert Mitchell, Maya Youssef and Alice Zawadzki. She  leads her own trio, with John Crawford on piano, and Demi Garcia Sabat  on drums, and band Melange.

Shirley is Professor of Musicianship  and Improvisation at the Royal College of Music in London, and an  Assistant Lecturer at Kent University. She also teaches at Trinity Laban  Conservatoire, and RCM Junior Department, as well as a visiting tutor  for the National Youth Jazz Collective, and an in demand workshop  leader.