BASCA exists to celebrate, support and protect the professional interests of all writers of music.
BASCA has a Jazz Committee that consists of 12 working jazz composers representing your interests. The committee acts as a point of contact for jazz composers and a place to share concerns and feel part of a community. The Chair of the Jazz Committee is Issie Barratt.
BASCA works hard to support jazz composers in the following ways:
- Organising bespoke events specially relevant to BASCA’s jazz membership
- Offering professional advice on copyright, licensing, self promotion, self publishing, recording and self funding
- Working closely with other national organisations including JazzConnects , Jazz Promotion Network, Serious and Musicians Union</li
- Working with PRS for Music on issues concerning tariffs for jazz performance and royalties
- Canvasing for a greater presence for jazz on radio and TV
- Providing regular notice of international competitions & composing opportunities
- Offering template contracts & bespoke legal advice
- Collaborative representation at the London Jazz Festival
- Representation at JazzAhead!
- Celebrating Jazz recipients at BASCA award ceremonies – such as Jason Yarde and Django Bates (British Composer Awards) and John Dankworth, Julian Joseph, Guy Barker and Norma Winstone (Gold Badge Awards)
More info about the 12 composers on the Jazz Committee can be found below.
Issie Barratt (Chair)
“A remarkable composer, conductor, arranger & baritone sax player” Mo-Jo Magazine Regularly perform in Northern Europe, SE India, USA & Canada Commissions include Philharmonia Orchestra, OAE, Delta Sax Quartet, 4th Dimension String Quartet, Voice of the North, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Bohuslän Big Band, Norwegian Wind Ensemble, WOWorchestra, NYJO, NYCGB, CUK BigBand, INTERCHANGE Featured soloists include Annie Whitehead, Anne Sofie vonOtter, Gary Burton, Joe Locke, Liam Noble, Mark Lockheart, Nikki Yeoh, Steve Waterman 1999 Founding Head of Jazz TrinityLaban 2007 Founding Artistic Director National Youth Jazz Collective 2008 Founding Director FuzzyMoonRecords: Current catalogue=13 CDs championing music by Issie & Carol Barratt, Mark Donlon, Geoff Eales, Mike Gibbs, Mark Lockheart, Steve Melling, John Warren 2011 Nominated for Paul Hamlyn Awards for Artists. 2014 Co-opted BASCA Board Director Parliamentary Jazz Award: Jazz Education 2015 Elected Chair BASCA Jazz Committee &Board Director 2017 Music Teachers Award for Excellence: Best New Initiative.
I am a singer and composed based in London. My last album, Burn the Boat (Two Rivers Records), received much praise by the UK and European jazz press ('A stunning album' ****Jazzwise) , as well as having extensive airplay and repeated plays on BBC 2, 3, BBC London, JazzFM, Resonance FM, BR- Klassik (Germany). I write for my own bands and ensembles as well as writing for commission and recordings, and as a collaborator I work with various artists/bands ranging from improvised/contemporary music- The Dissolute Society (Raph Clarkson, Huw Warren), electronic songwriting Harlequiin (Rory Simmons), contemporary jazz songwriting with multi-award winning pianist Tom Cawley (Curios, Acoustic Ladyland). I am also the first professor of Songwriting to teach the Guildhall School, where I work with both undergrad and postgrad students on the Jazz course.
Josephine is a saxophonist and composer originally from the Shetland Islands and now living in London. She writes for her own ensembles, which include ‘Satori’, a contemporary jazz trio with bass and drums, and ‘Orenda’, a project that integrates music, poetry and spoken word, with a particular emphasis on poems from and about Shetland. Josephine has also been resident tenorist and composer for the London Jazz Orchestra for the last 10 years, and is now developing her writing with her own jazz orchestra. Having studied classical and jazz saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she went back into education recently in order to earn a doctorate in existential psychotherapy which has heavily influenced her compositional style. www.josephinedavies.co.uk
I am currently Head of Jazz at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Before being in this post I worked as a freelance composer, musician and educator for twenty five years. Although I trained as a classical guitarist, I started my career as a composer, specialising in music for drama (theatre, radio and television). Ten years into a busy career, following a series of coincidences I found myself playing jazz double bass and call myself 'The Accidental Bassist'. I continued composing, now with a different emphasis, completing several commissions for jazz ensemble with three CDs released under my own name. My writing for theatre and other media continued and I became known for my brand of jazz, creating 'palettes' of sound to be organically used in a dramatic context. My performing and writing has frequently taken me outside Wales, including the US and South Africa.
Tom Haines is a UK-based composer and musician specialising in Jazz composition and music for dance. Jazz awards include the European Big Band Composer Competition (2017), the 28th Barga Jazz Composition Award (2015), the ‘Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranging Award’ (2014), the ‘Duvel Jazz Award’ and ‘Bose Audience Prize’ at the Brussels Jazz Orchestra International Composition Contest (2013). June 2017 saw the self-release of his debut album ‘Tom Haines & The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra (Live)’. Tom has been commissioned to compose for dance / physical theatre companies, including The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain, Warwick Arts Centre and Yorkshire Dance.
Tom is in demand as a pianist of dexterity, musicality and originality. Working with improvising jazz musicians, singer-songwriters and solo his performances have ranged from the Southbank Centre, Ronnie Scotts, Kings Place and numerous London Jazz Festival appearances to Jazz clubs across the country and abroad. He was winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition in 2014, and released his first trio album as leader with European Jazz label CAM Jazz in 2015. This was followed by the critically-acclaimed 'Essence' in 2017, a collaboration with Austrian piano manufacturer Bösendorfer. His playing has featured on radio stations from BBC Radio 3 to Jazz FM as well as Italian, French and other European national Radio stations. "Deeply impressive" - Jazzwise “Emerging Piano Virtuoso…One to watch” – Time Out "Supremely talented" - The Jazzmann “Beautiful, adventurous piano playing” John Taylor
After having studied at the Royal Academy of Music, I have performed and recorded with highly esteemed musicians in the UK and abroad such as David Binney, Marius Neset and Hermeto Pascoal. I released my 5th album as a leader on Edition Records on March 23rd 2018 and am also a member of Phronesis, an award-winning trio that performs at jazz festivals worldwide. With Phronesis I have had my work performed by ensembles such as the Frankfurt Radio Jazz Orchestra and the New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra. I was made an Associate of the RAM in 2012 and have been a principal lecturer in jazz piano at Leeds College of Music since 2014. “Neame is one of the most interesting jazz pianists of his generation. The 10 years of touring with bands have given him a prominent role in the front line of British jazz.” WRITTEN IN JAZZ.'
Dave O’Higgins is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator, recording engineer and producer - a popular figure on the UK and international jazz scene for 30 years now, with countless recordings as sideman and 19 albums as leader under his belt. The Dave O’Higgins Quartet recently completed a massive 34-date tour of the UK with the help of awards from the Arts Council of England and PRS Foundation. Current projects: Darius Brubeck Quartet Brubecks Play Brubeck Barnes / O’Higgins and the Sax Section His’n’Hers Abstract Truth Big Band Matt Bianco Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra Dave runs a small jazz recording studio, and teaches at the LCCM. He has toured and recorded with hundreds of artists all over the world. His main apprenticeships were served with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Jim Mullen and Martin Taylor. Also on the CV: Frank Sinatra Ray Charles Jamie Cullum Kyle Eastwood BBC Big Band
My major works include "Beyond Wigan Pier" (with Alan Gregory, 2018), "Only Thelonious Suite" (Ed Puddick Big Band, 2017), “Another Kind Of Imagination” (Greater Manchester Music Hub, 2016), "Near Horizons Suite" (Joe Allard Commission, 2014), "Secret Music" (Greater Manchester Music Hub, 2014),, "Jubilee Suite" (Ed Puddick Big Band, 2012), "Gil Evans Suite" (Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, 2012), "Suite for Big Band" (National Youth Jazz Wales, 2009) and "Guys & Dolls Suite" (Ed Puddick Big Band, 2005). As well as many of London's top jazz venues, my music has been performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Symphony Hall, and been broadcast on BBC radio and Jazz FM. I currently lecture in jazz composition and arranging at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Orphy Robinson MBE
Robinson is an award winning musician. The winner of the 2017 Jazz fm Awards “Live Performance of the year’. In 2015 he received a top 12 placing in the Critics Poll for the Jazz magazine Downbeat in ‘Vibraphonist of the year’ category. The first time a musician from the UK has achieved this accolade. One of the few musicians from the UK to have been signed to ‘Blue Note Records. He was a founder member of “The Jazz Warriors” & recorded & toured with Courtney Pine on his debut. Orphy works with many high profile Jazz & Classical artists including Violinist Nigel Kennedy. He has appeared as a guest soloist or session musician on over 100 albums. Robinson has written for Orchestras, Film, TV, Opera. & Dance. Robinson has producer credits for Carleen Anderson, Nigel Kennedy amongst others. He currently serves as a Trustee on various arts boards.
Emily Saunders, internationally renowned, critically acclaimed vocalist and composer, her albums have sold worldwide with impressive radio play: “Outsiders Insiders” was heralded as one of The Daily Telegraph’s “Best of 2015”, with multiple 4 star reviews including Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Independent. Broadcasts nationally on BBC Radio1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & XFM, JazzFM (playlisted) plus on radio stations around the world including USA, Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Abu Dhabi, México. She has also achieved international iTunes & Amazon charts inc “Top 10” in UK, USA, Germany, Indonesia, France. Emily is also a radio presenter / producer with her shows The Voice Mix and The Latin Mix on Jazzlondonradio.com, plus regular slots on Australia’s Curved Radio (syndicated nationwide), and she is an events promoter for her organisation TheMixProductions. She has been on BASCA’s Jazz Committee for 3 years, and is CEO of JazzConnects.com.
Composer, arranger, producer, MD and saxophonist Yarde casts a wide musical net having worked with Orlando Julius to 4hero, Plan B to Britten Sinfonia, Keziah Jones to Kronos Quartet, Tony Allen to TY, Wretch 32 to Wonderbrass and Jonzi-D to Jack Dejohnette. Since the JAZZ WARRIORS at 16, leading Tomorrow’s Warriors then j-lie he’s played in the big bands of Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner, Hermeto Pascoal, Sam Rivers, Roy Ayers and Mano Dibango, His projects range from the BlueBox Diaries fx’d solos, McCormack & Yarde Duo, TRiO WAH!, OMMMY4 to the larger ACOUTASTiC BOMBASTiC. He’s written for TV, Theatre and Dance receiving various commissions for Hugh Masekela and the LSO. Awards include a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, a Paul Hamlyn Award and the first BASCA for Contemporary Jazz Composition for his BBC Proms compositional début. He’s produced award winning albums for Soweto Kinch, Gwilym Simcock, Denys Baptiste and Empirical.