The course is an excellent hands on introduction to Cuban music. The teaching team of Sierra McGuinness and Sierra Maestra is excellent. It was wonderful to be able to go out in the evenings and hear top class bands playing what we were aspiring to, and to enjoy the convivial company of course participants and organisers.
Hailed as ‘one of the country's most polished singers’ by The Times, Trudy moved to London in 1990 from her native Australia and, whilst continuing to gig regularly, as she had done back home, worked during the day as secretary for popular clarinettist Acker Bilk. She took time out to study jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and in 1995 got her musical career break when Ronnie Scott offered her a week at his club: she has performed regularly at the famous Soho jazzerie ever since.
Trudy's 10th album "THE RHYTHM OF LIFE" will be released at the end of 2012. The album is full of exciting new original songs written with her husband Geoff Gascoyne as well there are some outstanding lesser-known covers.
Trudy has collaborated with many great musicians during her career including Mulgrew Miller, Jan Lundgren, Georgie Fame, Bob Dorough, Michael Garrick, Acker Bilk and Jamie Cullum.
Her regular working trio is Tom Cawley, Geoff Gascoyne, Seb de Krom, she also performs her tribute to the music of Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan with Derek Nash and Dick Pearce on Baritone Sax and trumpet.
Trudy has toured extensively at festivals and jazz clubs around the world and the UK.
Trudy co-presents BBC Across the South's Jazz hour on a Tuesday night at 9pm with Roger Day where she plays the latest UK releases as well as classic jazz recordings.
She is a sought after jazz singing teacher and holds a professorial post at Trinity Laban. Trudy teaches on the JAZZ ACADEMY Summer Course, Christmas Swing and Easter Course as well as the Mediterranean Jazz Summer School. Trudy also tours the UK with her popular kids show JAZZ FOR JUNIORS. www.jazzforjuniors.co.uk.
Trudy has often been asked to appear as a guest artist on other jazz musicians' albums, and was featured on FRANK GRIFFITH NONET's 'The Coventry Suite', BB COOPER's 'The Music BB Cooper', GEOFF GASCOYNE'S 'Keep it to yourself' and 'Pop Bop', and BOB DOROUGH's 'Small Day Tomorrow'.