Jamil Sheriff

Jamil SheriffIn addition to being a NYJO Associate, Jamil is a full time member of the academic team at Leeds College of Music, the largest music student campus in the UK, where he is the pathway leader for jazz and teaches on the conservatoire’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. His teaching specialisms are Jazz Piano, Contemporary Jazz Composition and Jazz Musicianship.

Jamil has recorded three albums of original music – Daydreams, Backchat and Ichthyology – under his own name, each of which have received national and international accolades. His reputation as a composer and arranger for medium and large ensembles led him to tour extensively with his Octet and Big Band from 2002–2012, receiving commissions from PRSF, ACE, and both UK and International Jazz Festivals and concert programmes.

He was the recipient of a 2013 ACE touring award, which enabled him to perform regularly with his Trio, which have also recorded a fourth album, due for release in 2015.

Aside from his own projects, Jamil enjoys a busy performance and recording schedule, working regularly with artists such as Richard Iles, Neil Yates, the Colman Brothers, the Wild Flower Project, Josh Kemp Quartet, Simon Read Octet and Tom Harrison Quartet.