Issie Barratt

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Issie Barratt
Born (1964-11-29)29 November 1964
Genres Jazz, Big band, Avant-garde
Occupation(s) Bandleader, composer, educator
Instruments Baritone saxophone
Years active 1998 - present
Associated acts Arrange of Space

Issie Barratt (born 29 November 1964) is a British composer, known for her work in Big Band jazz and jazz education.


Barratt has been awarded commissions by the Philharmonia Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bohuslän Big Band, The PRS Foundation for New Music, Delta Sax Quartet, 4th Dimension String Quartet, Voice of the North, North Cheshire Wind Orchestra, Vortex Foundation Big Band, Swiss Gemeinderat of Unterägeri, Trinity College of Music’s Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, Conservatoires UK Big Band and Youth Music with performances often featuring artists such as Anders Bergcrantz, Tim Garland, Mark Lockheart, Joe Locke, Dennis Rollins, Carl Rütti, Steve Waterman and Annie Whitehead.

As an educator[edit]

Barratt was responsible for establishing Trinity College of Music’s Jazz Faculty in 1999, which she continued to run until 2004. She now holds the position of Senior Jazz Fellow. As well as directing ensembles from Trinity College of Music, Barratt has also co-directed the Conservatoires UK Big Band since 2003, performing annually at Leeds College of Music’s International Jazz conference (alongside fellow artists and educators Bob Mintzer, Tim Garland, Mike Hall, Julian Joseph, Gerard Presencer, Mike Gibbs and Mark Donlon), as well as appearing with them at the International Association of Jazz Educators’s Conference in 2008. Issie has also lead various projects at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music, contributed to the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’s jazz syllabi and written several research papers on jazz related topics. Since September 2006 Barratt has held the position of Artistic Director for Jazz Services’ National Youth Jazz Summer School funded by Youth Music. She is also an active member of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters (chairing their Jazz Committee), Jazz adjudicator for Music for Youth’s annual national festival, Trustee of the Women’s Jazz Archive and a member of the advisory panel for the All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Awards.[1] Barrat is founding director of Fuzzy Moon Records. She was winner of Jazz Educator of the Year at the 2014 Parliamentary Awards.[2]


As a leader
  • 2008: Astral Pleasures (Fuzzy Moon)
  • 2008: Letter to Billie - Bohuslän Big Band (Track: Strange Fruit)
  • 2007: Dedicated to You ... But You Weren't Listening: The Music of Soft Machine - Delta Saxophone Quartet (Track: Somehow with the passage of time)


  1. ^ Trinity College of Music - Issie Barratt
  2. ^ "Interview Issie Barratt". LondonJazz News. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 

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