Featured Gig: Laura Impallomeni at Karamel Club

Jazz trombonist, composer and musical director Laura Impallomeni is bringing her fresh and exciting sound to London Karamel Club on April 25th in partnership with Women in Jazz Media.

Featuring Laura on trombone, Mei Kirby on piano and synths and Greg Sinclair on tenor sax, Laura will perform a mixture of some of her original compositions and her favourite standards alongside members of her quintet.

Laura performed at last years ‘Maxine Gordon – Sophisticated Giants’ event’, an evening of celebration of the inspirational work of award-winning Arts Advocate, Jazz Historian, Archivist, Scholar, Manager and Producer Maxine Gordon, in London, at Jazz Cafe Posk. Presenting a set dedicated to Melba Liston, Laura delighted the audience and Maxine Gordon stated that Laura was ‘definitely one to watch’. You can read more about the event here.

Laura Impallomeni is a jazz trombonist, composer and musical director of various projects. In 2020 she graduated from her MMus in Jazz Trombone from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she studied improvisation and composition under world famous musicians. She went on to receive the Arts Council England ‘Develop Your Creative Practice Fund’ to compose a collection of original contemporary jazz compositions under skilled mentorship, featuring trombone as the lead instrument.

In November 2020, she debuted this body of work at a sold out concert at London Jazz Festival 2022 with her contemporary jazz quintet . She has just been awarded the “record and Release’ grant from Help Musicians,. She expects to release her debut jazz album in 2024.

Laura has performed and toured with various renowned artists such as First Aid Kit, The Dualers, Giffords Circus, Janet Kay and Ken Boothe. She is the musical director, composer and trombonist of an original 11 piece afro jazz band called ‘Yamäya’, who have just released their debut album ‘Senegal’ on Funkiwala Records.

She is also the trombonist for Rootsgarden Dub Soundsytem, The Voodoo Love Orchestra (cambia and salsa) and Barnacles (experimental jazz) and works for London music charity ‘Play for Progress’ as a therapeutic music teacher/workshop leader with young asylum seekers and refugees.

Laura recently spoke to saxophonist Hannah Horton about her work and upcoming gig for the ‘In Conversation With’ podcast series and you can listen here

Tickets for Women in Jazz Media present: Laura Impallomeni available here

Karamel – 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ

Doors open 7pm, music starts at 8pm.

All photos by Mark Lord Photography


Last modified: April 19, 2024