Laura Jurd

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Laura Jurd
Laura Jurd Cardiff 2016.jpg
Background information
Medstead, Hampshire, UK[1]
InstrumentsTrumpet, synthesizer
Associated actsBlue-Eyed Hawk, Dinosaur, Elliot Galvin Trio, Corrie Dick, National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Laura Jurd (born 1990) is a musician and composer from Hampshire, United Kingdom. She plays trumpet and synthesizer. She has released albums as a solo artist, and she plays in a jazz quartet named Dinosaur, whose album Together, As One was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2017.[2]

Jurd teaches composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.[3] Jurd composes for and plays in British jazz quartet Dinosaur.

Awards and honors[edit]

Jurd is a member of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists.[4] She won 'Instrumentalist of the Year' in the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Award,[5] the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition in 2011[6] and Young Jazz Musician award in 2012.[7] She was shortlisted for a BASCA Contemporary Jazz Composer award in 2012.[8]


  • Landing Ground (2012)
  • Human Spirit (2015)
  • Together, As One with Dinosaur (2016)
  • Wonder Trail with Dinosaur (2018)
  • Stepping Back, Jumping In (2019)


  1. ^ Fordham, John (12 September 2013). "Jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd: 'I just like making things up'". The Guardian.
  2. ^ Beaumont, Mark (27 July 2017). "Mercury Music Prize 2017: what you need to know about the nominees". NME.
  3. ^ "Laura Jurd Biography". Laura Jurd. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  4. ^ "Jazz Now, Laura Jurd and Dinosaur". BBC. 2016-11-07. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  5. ^ "This year's Parliamentary Jazz Awards". Jazzwise. 10 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2017-07-28. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition". The Worshipful Company of Musicians. Archived from the original on 2017-07-28. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  7. ^ "Young Jazz Musician". The Worshipful Company of Musicians. Archived from the original on 2017-07-28. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  8. ^ "Composer Profile - Laura Jurd". British Composer Awards 2012. Retrieved 2017-07-28.