Singing teacher London

Laura Long is available as a duo, trio, quartet and as a full band - with instrumentalists that have played for royalty, for A list celebrities and with some of the worlds top artists.

Joe Bickerstaff – Piano

Joe has worked in the finest London hotels – The Dorchester, Claridges, The Langham and The Four Seasons regularly as lounge pianist, in jazz groups and in pop function bands. Joe also performs in the cream of London’s jazz clubs eg Ronnie Scotts, The Vortex, The 606 Club and The Jazz Cafe. A founding member of jazz funk originals band, President Bongo and the Democratic Republic of Phonque in the mid-90s, Joe led the band through a national tour, Glastonbury Festival (in 1998, supporting Herbie Hancock and Roni Size on the Jazz/World stage.) Joe has performed for Royalty and A-list celebrities alike, both at home and abroad eg Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, The Sultan of Brunei and family, The Djibouti Royal Family, Tony and Cherie Blair and Siena Miller to name a few. Joe’s travels have led to performances in Australasia, Africa and the Middle East as well as most of Europe and the UK.

Robin Banerjee – Guitar

Robin studied at The Musicians Instutute, Hollywood, California under the tuition of ledgendary Jazz/Fusion guitarist Scott Henderson. Robin has over 15 years gigging, touring and recording experience, having performed with Amy Winehouse, Jazz Jamaica, Rox, Hugh Masekela, Alex Wilson’s Salsa Orchestra and Denys Baptiste. Albums include: Let Freedom Ring – Denys Baptiste (2004), Motorcity Roots – Jazz Jamaica (2005), Back to Black (deluxe edition) - Amy Winehouse (2006), Live in London (dvd) – Amy Winehouse (2007)

Maurizio Minardi - accordion, piano and soprano saxophone

Maurizio completed his studies in piano, organ and composition at Conservatorio ‘Martini’ Bologna. He founded, composed, produced and arranged the music for the pop electronic group ‘Oz’ and the jazz-tango group Quartetto Magritte, recording six albums with both of these groups. Rai Television published his album ‘Tangology’ with songs inspired by tango. He has performed with Carmen Souza, Antonio Forcione, Dott Reed, Brandon Allen, Quentin Collins, Hugh Burn and has performed regularly at the Pizza Express jazz club, Royal Albert Hall, Ignite Festival, Apollo Hammersmith,, Bloomsbury Theatre, Oliver’s jazz club, Jazz Posk café, The Vortex, Charlie Wright etc…

Michael Searl – Drums

Michael studied at the Trinity College of Music in London. He is a regular on the London jazz scene where he has worked with the likes of Jim Mullen, Bukky Leo, and Harry Beckett. In addition to tours of West End shows, Michael also works extensively throughout the UK and internationally with various rock groups and artists.

Lance Rose – Double Bass

Lance Rose is a regular on the London jazz circuit, loved by fellow musicians for his ‘feel’. Influences include Ska and Reggae and jazz greats Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – as well as Hard Bop music. His most valuable guidance has been from his dad – the legendary Michael ‘Bammi’ Rose, who is part of Jools Holland’s Big Band.

Francesco Lo Castro – Guitar

Award winning guitarist and composer Francesco Lo Castro developed his guitar styles and technique under the tutoring of the great south Italian maestro Gianni Cataleta. He has performed across the globe, playing with jazz, funk, pop and rock artists, in some of the worlds most prestigious venues that include the Hamer Hall (Melbourne), the State Theatre (Sydney), The Concert Hall (New York), the Expo Centre (Singapore), the Bercklee Performance Centre (Boston), the Benedum (Pitsburgh), Barbican (London), Palatrussardi (Milan). The guitar style and composing techniques of his solo works – and of his quintet IMPROFIVES – suggest an intriguing combination of melodic Italian tradition with modern jazz. During 2010, he has toured extensively with multi-platinum Warner artist Patrizio Buanne’s, across Australia, Europe, USA and Asia. He also collaborated with legends such as Jim Mullen (Morrisey-Mullen), recorded for Geoff Wilkinson (Us3) and performed with contemporary musicians like Francesco Mendolia (Incognito), Richard Sadler (Neil Cowley Trio), Damein Nolan (VV Brown), Roberto Manzin (James Brown), among others.

Tamagnini Mascarenhas – Percussion

Born in Portugal, Tama was introduced to percussion when he met the great master drummer, Galaja Sane, from Guine Bissau. He travelled to West Africa to study with the masters there, then subsequently to Cuba, when he began to develop a deep interest in Latin music. This unique combination gives Tama outstandingly characterful expression and phrasing. On moving to the UK he fell in love with jazz music – and the rest is history! A familiar and much loved face on the London live music scene, Tama also plays as a session percussionist.

Oli Arlotto – Saxophone

Oli started his career touring in France and Germany with guitarist Vincent Arnaldi. He moved to the UK in 2001 and joined Drew Baron’s band (Buddy Miles’s former lead guitarist). He now leads his own band touring through the UK and France. Most recently Oli can be seen playing with Seddick Zebiri’s group (Robert Plant’s former percussionist). He is a regular on the London jazz scene, and also runs jazz nights at various venues across town.

Other instrumentalists Laura performs with include: Kevin Glasgow – guitar, Susannah Flack – steel pan, Nathan Mansfield and Angus Moncrieff – trumpet, Saleem Raman and Sophie Alloway – drums.