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Maddy Shaw is a professional flutist based in London focusing on jazz, funk and blues across the whole family of flutes: concert, alto, bass and piccolo flute.  Maddy holds a performance ATCL (distinction) and LTCL diploma in jazz flute from Trinity College.  Maddy graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in November 2018 at BMus level with Merit, and has been lucky enough to study with world class flutists: Gareth Lockrane, Rowland Sutherland and ‘Magic’ Malik Mezzandri. She is the founder and Director of the Girl Plays Jazz project supporting girls and young women in jazz improvisation.

Andy Ruiz Palma (guitar)

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Andy is an acoustic and electric jazz guitarist who plays both lead and rhythm. He is the founder of the Bright Stars of Jazz which has its roots in Chicago and New Orleans jazz. He is part of the gypsy jazz project La Bouche Manouche playing tunes in the Hot Club style with a repertoire of swingtime jazz and French cafe music. A recent performance numbered over a million and half views on Youtube, and counting. Andy plays in modern jazz outfits including the flute-led Felicidade. He undertakes regular duo and trio work. He has experience running whole band workshops, and one to one tuition, including schools-based jazz workshops promoting jazz to children, and as part of the Girl Plays Jazz project.

Alexander Rawlinson (bass guitar)

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Alexander has studied with John Goldsby, Henry Lowther and David Jones amongst others. In 2015 he co-founded one of South London’s best known weekly jazz jam Session in Herne Hill where he shared the stage with renowned jazz musicians such as Anita Wardell and Soweto Kinch. He recently recorded and toured Europe
with the contemporary jazz band Tonejuice. Alexander also has a passion for Afro Cuban music and is the bass player for both Orquesta Estelar (SOAS Cuban Big Band) and Here to Havana who regularly perform in and around London.

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