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The monthly Tea Break is a series of short, fun items in What's New Magazine that also gives jazz musicians an opportunity to update us with what they are doing. Here are the Tea Breaks they (and I) have taken since 2015.

Henry Spencer (Trumpet) - April 2016


Trumpeter Henry Spencer is one of the young, gifted jazz musicians steadily making an impression in the UK at the present time. His band Juncture has a debut album due out this year and having heard the band play many of the tunes recorded, I anticipate great things. The band is also appearing at Ronnie Scott's Club this month, an endorsement in itself. Whether Henry is playing with Juncture or with another band, catch him if you can. (Click here for our Profile of Henry Spencer). We invited Henry to take a tea break:


Henry Spencer


Hi Henry, tea or coffee?

Tea please, although I'm surrounded by coffee snobs (in a nice way) so it's probably just a matter of time before I make the switch.


Abbracci Biscuit


Hob Nob, Bourbon, Garibaldi or digestive biscuit?

As a dipping purist I would say the digestive, and in the absence of a custard cream I'll go with the Bourbon. By the way, it's definitely worth checking out the 'Abbracci' biscuit. They're life changing, but also quite hard to find in London since they're Italian.



Freddie Hubbard, Chet Baker or Miles Davis?

Good question. I love all three. But overall, for his diverse, innovative and iconic approach as a player, composer and bandleader, it has to be Miles. He's always been a hero for me. Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew were, and still are massively influential to me.


Milk and sugar?

Just milk please. Although, milk with Earl Grey would be heartbreaking.

What gigs have you played recently?

I played at the 606 Club with the Ollie Howell band last week. I was recently at Ronnie Scott's with The Zealots and last night I was playing at the O2 Brooklyn Bowl with Crowd Company.



Here's a video of Henry playing with the Ollie Howell band on their album Shadows due out in the autumn.



... and here is a video of funk band Crowd Company's video sampler.





Henry Spencer at Ronnie Scott's


What have you got coming up in the next few months?

I've recently been asked to perform at Ronnie Scott's with my group, Juncture, in the main show on April 7th. I'm really looking forward to this one.

In fact, my album with this group is very soon to be released. I actually recently got the radio edits back from New York from Dave Darlington (mixing/mastering engineer). I'm excited about realising them and showing what's been happening! There are also a few more shiny videos going up very soon of us playing live. (Search 'Henry Spencer Juncture' on




We can watch the 'teaser' video for the Juncture album The Reasons Don't Change





Who else have you heard recently that we should listen out for?

Keep an eye and ear out for the Overground Collective. It's a big band that's made up of ridiculous musicians. All the players seem to have been taken from pretty heavy British jazz groups. I think the album is coming together at the moment.



The Overground Collective playing at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston, London




Another biscuit?

Always. I'll go out and get some custard creams. See you at Ronnie's on 7th April!


[Click here for Henry Spencer's website]


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