Reuben Fowler

Reuben FowlerReuben was born into a musical family in Wakefield, where he began playing the trumpet in secondary school. After displaying an interest in jazz and large ensemble repertoire he joined the Doncaster Jazz Association when he was 15.

With the DJA he toured New York and played at the Royal Albert Hall as a featured soloist. At 17 he recorded an album at Abbey Road Studios with the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra, playing a flugelhorn feature Blue.

During his teens Reuben commuted regularly to London, where he occupied a trumpet chair in NYJO from 2007/12, playing at various venues and festivals throughout the UK, including Ronnie Scott’s.

In 2008 he gained a place on the jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Gerard Presencer, Nikki Iles, Mike Lovatt and Mike Gibbs.

On graduating, Reuben was awarded the John Baker Memorial Prize for Brass. In 2012 he was part of the International Association of Jazz Educators with Dave Liebman, where he met and studied with the great Michael Abene.

In January 2013 he assembled the Reuben Fowler Big Band to record Between The Shadows, an album of his original compositions, which has since been cited as one of the top 50 jazz albums of 2013. The band comprised some of the finest jazz and session musicians in the UK, including Mike Lovatt, Percy Pursglove, Gordon Campbell and Sammy Mayne, and featured, as guests, Tom Harrell from the USA and NYJO alumni Stan Sulzmann and Jim Hart. Following the recording the ensemble performed at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the 2013 London Jazz Festival.

In February 2014, Reuben reformed the band for an exclusive one-off gig celebrating the life and work of Kenny Wheeler. Everybody’s Song: Celebrating the Work of Kenny Wheeler featured Evan Parker, Percy Pursglove, Martin Shaw and Robbie Robson playing rare Wheeler compositions, curated by Reuben and Nick Smart from the Royal Academy of Music archives.

Since leaving the Academy, Reuben has been busy both recording and touring. His trumpet can be heard on Culture Club’s 2015 UK album release and the American release of This is What I Do by Boy George, where he is featured on Turn On A Little Light For Me.