★★★★★– InMusic (Germany)
“Henry Spencer is considered one of the great talents of the British jazz scene. His great talent is drawing a high level of recognition. Listen to Spencer’s genius”
“Contender for Album of The Year” – All About Jazz
WINNER OF EMERGING EXCELLENCE AWARD
(HELP MUSICIANS UK)
BEST NEWCOMER AWARD MARLBOROUGH JAZZ FESTIVAL
About Henry Spencer
Short Bio / Story So Far
Henry Spencer is a multi-award-winning trumpeter, bandleader and composer; from growing up in Wiltshire on a working farm, to being London-based, via conservatoire and performing/collaborating on the London jazz scene, Henry Spencer worked with multi-GRAMMY Award winning Dave Darlington in New York (whose credits include Miles Davis, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson) for Spencer’s album, The Reasons Don’t Change, released via UK/US record label, Whirlwind Recordings in 2017.
Henry has received critical acclaim across Europe with InMusic (Germany) awarding 5/5 stars saying, “Henry Spencer is one of the great talents of the British jazz scene drawing a high level of recognition. Listen to Spencer's genius" and All About Jazz said, “Contender for Album of the Year”.
Touring regularly with his band, Henry Spencer & Juncture, his group’s growing international touring schedule, including major festivals and broadcasts on Mezzo TV, have led to the significant increase of audiences and followers internationally.
Henry is currently working on his new album with 2 Platinum-selling producers, who have worked with artists such as Paul McCartney, John Lenon, Kate Bush, Richard Ashcroft and a composer for the London Symphony Orchestra.
About Henry Spencer’s Music
Touching jazz, rock and minimalism, sometimes cinematic, the music’s “astonishing dynamic variety” (Manchester Jazz Festival) combines highly intense, raw energy and evocative outlets, with moments of intimate, heart-felt, emotionally-led, lyrical melodies - almost as if there were actually words being sung.
Henry’s unusual and personal approach to writing and performing gives the music its rare and impactful strength; emotionally drawing in as well as exhilarating the listener. Henry is driven to write and perform to deal with personal experience (much like a singer songwriter, see below), but he also considers the listener, engaging them so they relate it to their own experience.
"Henry Spencer's music has a unique focus and quality rarely experienced. Originals with real meaning" - Paul Pace, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
Henry on his approach
“I’ve always been most interested in music that’s driven by sincere emotional intent and deals with genuine experience. I want to draw in the listener so they engage with the music, relating it to their own personal experience - with as much emotive clarity as if the music had lyrics. It’s an outlet, a release.” “I often use lyrics as part of the writing process.”
Along with his own original projects, Henry also performs in a range of ensembles and features as a soloist in jazz groups, big bands, pop/rock bands and for recording sessions. Henry has performed with and continues to work with many notable ensembles and musicians. A few include George Porter Jr (The Meters), Crowd Company, Monophonics, Ollie Howell, Anthony Strong, The London Salsa All Stars, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, London City Big Band and the London Jazz Orchestra. When not performing or composing, Henry also teaches jazz and trumpet.
Born in Wiltshire, Henry started playing the piano at a very young age and later the trumpet at the age of ten. In 2006 he was awarded a DfES scholarship as a Specialist Musician at Wells Cathedral School. In 2008, he successfully auditioned winning a place on the four-year jazz course (BMus Hons) at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Having moved to London in 2008, Henry immediately began working outside and independently of college as a freelance/jazz musician in a vast range of ensembles and projects, alongside being a student at the conservatoire. He studied and was involved in masterclasses with musicians such as Dave Liebman, John Scofield, Randy Brecker, Joshua Redman and Christian McBride. Nick Smart, Robbie Robson, Trevor Tomkins, Scott Stroman, Martin Hathaway, Carlos Lopez-real, Malcolm Edmonstone, Noel Langley and Gerard Presencer also tutored him.