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  Mike Daniels  

Mike Daniels

Mike discovered at an impressionable age that the trumpet has a fantastic high register! Gaining a music degree and qualifying as a teacher he settled in Bath and fitted in a busy freelance trumpet-playing career including playing for Bath Philharmonia and many choral societies across the region. He also specialises in authentic performance playing natural trumpet including many performances for Bath Baroque and Bradford Baroque Band.

Mike has appeared regularly in the pit playing for shows in Bath and Bristol and plays for the outstanding Premiere Brass Quintet.

With the aid of friend Matt Finch he co-founded the Gorgeous Big Horns Big Band and has been fortunate to work with Pee Wee Ellis, Jason Rebello, Mike Mower, Andy Sheppard, Iain Ballamy, Mark Nightingale and John Law.

Mike is the Musical Director of Jazz Factory.

Ralf Dorrell  

Ralf Dorrell

Ralf studied for a music degree (BMus) at Sheffield University, followed by a Masters degree (MA) in Composition from Bath Spa University. He is currently studying for a PhD in Composition. He is also a qualified music teacher (PGCE).

He is very active on the South West music scene as a composer, performer (double bass, bass guitar and trombone), bandleader, ensemble director, lecturer, teacher and workshop tutor. He has been leading workshops on improvisation, composition and jazz since 1984.

Rachel Kerry  

Rachel Kerry

Rachel's varied musical career includes teaching in a range of settings and styles, performing and also examining for Trinity College London.  She teaches classical and jazz piano in schools, privately, small groups, whole class and one to one, as well a tutoring small jazz ensembles in a workshop setting.

Rachel is an experienced performer and accompanist. For more than 10 years she has played on her local jazz scene appearing at festivals, jazz clubs and private functions in a variety of bands. She also works with choirs and plays in bands for shows.

Currently Rachel is leading her own trio/ duo, playing in a well regarded local big band, organising and directing a short intensive jazz course and teaching piano in three schools.

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Azhaar Saffar   AZHAAR SAFFAR

Azhaar trained as a concert violinist at the Royal Northern College of Music. However her first job after graduating was playing and singing jazz. She discovered jazz in Manchester, pop music in London, rock n roll in Los Angeles, Arabic music in Egypt, bossa nova in Brazil, funk in Brighton, salsa in  Mexico, and blues on the south side of Chicago.

She has released 6 albums with Sirus B and in 2008 released her first jazz album "Out There" on 33 Records. It includes stunning performances from: Jason Rebello, Iain Ballamy, Mike Mower, Mike Peake, Joe Cavanagh, Dave Goodyer and Scott Hammond. The jazz quartet toured the U.K. with the support of Jazz Services.

After five years mainly in South and Central America, Azhaar returned to the U.K. on a mission to create her next album, "Nomada"! She now mixes her time touring and in the music studio with tutoring at Jazz Factory.

Adam Biggs


Adam is a pianist and music educator, and Head of Jazz Studies at Bath Spa University.  Adam has played and worked with many musicians including Iain Ballamy, Derek Nash, Andy Sheppard, Clare Teal, Jamie Cullum and Geoff Simkins.  He is also an accompanist and has worked with many singers and choirs. . He has toured extensively in Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Germany and France. He is also an organist at St. Nicholas' church, Bathampton and St. Mary Magdalen's chapel, Bath and has played at Bath Abbey.

Jason Rebello  


Jason is an outstanding jazz pianist. He has worked with Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Jean Toussaint, Mica Paris & many more!.  He performs regularly with artists such as Sting and Jeff Beck.  Jason is the 2014/15 Artist in Residence at the Wiltshire Music Centre. But when hes home he always gives a hand at the Factory. 

Mike Mower  


Mike works as a composer, arranger and performer. He studied classical flute at the Royal Academy of Music, London and was later awarded Associate status. He also plays saxophone and clarinet, and has led numerous jazz ensembles, playing his own compositions, from quartet to big band.  As a freelance musician, Mike has played and recorded with jazz, rock and classical artists as diverse as Gil Evans, Tina Turner, & James Galway.

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