Dan Coulthurst was raised in a musical family and started learning the trumpet aged 8. After initially pursuing a keen interest in classical music, Dan found his true passion in Jazz – particularly Big Band. During his time studying at Leeds College of Music, Dan got involved in as many different musical activities as possible, which included performing with world renowned artists such as Baptise Herbin and Iain Ballamy.
Having the opportunity to perform and rehearse Big Band music so regularly made Dan perfectly suited to joining the Jazz Orchestra, which he did in 2019. Dan is also a band leader and composer for his own quartet, ‘The Dan Coulthurst Quartet’ that has performed at a number of concerts such as Wakefield Jazz Festival and as the support band for Mike Walker at Seven Arts as well as having a twice monthly residency at Sela Bar, Leeds.
As a member of NYJO, Dan has had the opportunity to play at venues such as Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club and Leeds Town Hall as well as being commissioned to perform music composed by saxophonist Josephine Davies. Dan is not only a gifted versatile musician, but his efforts for NYJO have spanned multiple projects and initiatives, including his mentor/support work in NYJO Learning, utilising his experience to give back to generation below.
As well as having a keen passion for Jazz, Dan also writes and plays in the Neo-Soul outfit Mamilah. Following the release of their first EP ‘Moonlight Walking’ Mamilah have been featured frequently on Alan Raw’s BBC Introducing Show in West Yorkshire, being highlighted on his ‘Ones to Watch in 2019’ broadcast and featured on Bandcamp’s ‘Best Soul of August 2018’ article. Earlier this year Mamilah released their second EP ‘Talk Less’ to great acclaim, with Jazz Revelations reviewing the EP and giving it 4 out of 5 stars whilst the lead single from the EP ‘Speak Freedom’, was added to BBC Sounds’ playlist ‘Working From Home Mix’. During last summer Mamilah played at a number of festivals including Boomtown Festival and El Dorado Festival.
Now 25, Dan will look beyond NYJO and seek to apply his talents to new projects. Whatever they will be, we have every faith will be well worth taking the time to check out.