About Henry Spencer
Short Bio / Story So Far
From growing up on a working Wiltshire farm, to being London-based, via conservatoire and performing on the London jazz scene, Henry Spencer is a multi-award-winning trumpeter, bandleader and composer releasing music under his name and touring internationally with his band, Henry Spencer & Juncture.
Having worked with multi-GRAMMY winning Dave Darlington in New York (credits include Miles Davis, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson) for Spencer’s album released via UK/US record label, Whirlwind Recordings, he’s received critical acclaim across Europe:
★★★★★“Henry Spencer is considered a great talent of the British scene drawing a high level of recognition” - InMusic (DE)
"Contender for Album of the Year" - All About Jazz
"Spectacular" - The Guardian
His band’s growing international touring schedule, radio and TV broadcasts, including major jazz festivals and broadcasts on Mezzo TV, have led to the increase of audiences and followers internationally. Henry has also been collaborating with his group and orchestras in performances.
Henry Spencer's latest EP release, ‘The Survivor and The Descendant’, represents his musical development so far, involves collaborations with Dave Darlington in New York, and signifies the start of two new, ongoing collaborations for the new album coming in 2023 (more info below).
The New Album Coming 2023
Now being mastered, the new album involves collaborations with two Platinum-selling producers (credits include Paul McCartney, John Lenon, Richard Ashcroft, Kate Bush) and a composer for London Symphony Orchestra.
About Henry Spencer’s Music
Touching jazz, rock and minimalism, the music’s “astonishing dynamic variety” (Manchester Jazz Festival) combines Henry’s “spectacular technique” (The Guardian), intense, raw energy and evocative outlets, with moments of intimate, heart-felt, emotionally-led, lyrical melodies - almost as if there were words being sung.
Henry’s unusual and personal approach gives the music its rare, 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;
“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.”
"Henry Spencer's music has a unique focus and quality rarely experienced. Originals with real meaning"
- Paul Pace, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
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.
Henry performs for a range of ensembles, jazz, pop/rock bands and recording sessions, such as Samuel Jack, George Porter Jr (The Meters), Crowd Company, The Manor, The Hara, The London Salsa All Stars, London City Big Band and London Jazz Orchestra. He also teaches and leads workshops.
WINNER OF EMERGING EXCELLENCE AWARD
(HELP MUSICIANS UK)
BEST NEWCOMER AWARD MARLBOROUGH JAZZ FESTIVAL