Jerome Harper

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Played trombone for a broad range of music for 28 years now. I can sight-read, blow, sing bv's, play keys, drums, percussion and DJ.
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Born in Brooklyn, raised in Texas, I live in London with my family and have done for almost fifteen years. I've been playing professionally and operating as a band leader since my teens on my primary instrument, trombone and currently, I specialise in brass. At the beginning of my career, I studied music at St. Mary's University in San Antonio Texas and A&M University- KIngsville, TX. I then worked as a musician on luxury cruise ships for some years which was fundamental in broadening my world view and allowing me to become self sufficient as a creative professional. Won a Latin Grammy for music written and recorded on Mexican pop star Alicia Villarreal’s album. From 2003 - 2006 I was touring globally with Youngblood Brass Band and other acts and in 2007 I moved to the UK. The following year, I established my band Brassroots and began to gig and play the UK and EU Festival circuit. Performance highlights include playing WOMAD, Caceres to an audience of 40,000, Disco Bar Galaxy, Belgium to an audience of 60,000 and selling out Ronnie Scotts on a double bill. Brassroots has also enjoyed some phenomenal success in the charts with the self produced / self released album Black Eye Friday - the EP Good Life has been licenced all over the world including by Giles Peterson, was No.1 in NZ and Black Eye Friday (title track) was used on the FA Cup Finals. Both the album and the EP saw multiple re-presses. Other career highlights include, being selected as the house band for the season finale of Celebrity Ultimate Big Brother on C4 and being chosen as the official representative of the UK Department of International Commerce at the 2017 World Expo in Astana, Kazakhstan. I was the MD for Martha Reeves and The Vandellas for 3 years. I’ve written, recorded and\or performed and produced for Rudimental, John Newman, Elle Eyre, Laura Mvula, Snarky Puppy, Eddie Floyd, Duke Dumont and countless others. I'm particularly adept at fixing specialised and specific bands for special events. I have an incredibly extensive network of musicians I work with affording me the ability to not only be extremely flexible but resourceful and intuitive. I can arrange almost any type of musical ensemble to suit your specific needs. I'm also an extremely talented and well seasoned MC. I have hosted events in over 80 countries.

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Jerome's Reviews

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Mickey S
1 year ago, for a Private event in Bussey Building
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5 out of 5

Bone Whisperer Jerome Harper and band aka TROMBONE JEROME & THE HOMIES capturing the riotous first line musical flavour & spirit of New Orleans brass band music, beautifully, intimately and authentically with a side order of righteous FUNK! LIVE & very direct.

2 years ago, for a Wedding in United Kingdom
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5 out of 5

Dear Jerome and the rest of Brassroots, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! You guys killed it! You were the perfect band for our wedding party! All of our friends and family have been raving to us nonstop about how amazing you guys were. Everyone loved it so much! You have helped set the bar VERY high for the next couple weeks of weddings a lot of us are going to. Thanks again for suggesting and having me up to play as well. I loved joining you guys and it was a nice surprise for a lot of guests to see me play with you. It occurred to me when you guys were playing “Dang” by Mac Miller that I had a missed opportunity to play “What’s The Use” while we were getting the bass into the PA at the start of the second set. Oh well! Thank you for being so clear, helpful and friendly in all our communication and organisation leading up to the day as well. The whole process was an absolute dream and completely stress free! You guys sound amazing and are such fantastic people. We wish you all the best and will hopefully cross paths again at some point!

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Jerome's Song list

Sunny- James Brown
Rise-Herb Alpert
It's All Over Now- Dr. John
Mr.Magic - Grover Washington Jr.
Take Five. Dave Brubeck.
So What. Miles Davis.
Take The A Train. Duke Ellington.
Round Midnight. Thelonious Monk.
My Favorite Things. John Coltrane.
A Love Supreme (Acknowledgment) John Coltrane.
All Blues. Miles Davis.
Birdland. Weather Report.
The Girl From Ipanema Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
Sing, Sing, Sing Benny Goodman
Strange Fruit Billie Holiday
A Night in Tunisia Dizzy Gillespie
Giant Steps John Coltrane
Blue Rondo a la Turk Dave Brubeck
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat Charles Mingus
West End Blues Louis Armstrong
God Bless The Child Billie Holiday
Cantaloupe Island Herbie Hancock
My Funny Valentine Chet Baker
Body And Soul Coleman Hawkins
Song For My Father Horace Silver
Blue In Green Miles Davis
Autumn Leaves Cannonball Adderley
St. Thomas Sonny Rollins
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Cannonball Adderley
What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
Lush Life John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman
Blue Train John Coltrane
Poinciana Ahmad Jamal
In a Sentimental Mood Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Freddie Freeloader Miles Davis
Summertime Ella Fitzgerald
Watermelon Man Herbie Hancock
Salt Peanuts Dizzy Gillespie
Moanin' Art Blakey
Straight, No Chaser Thelonious Monk
Good Morning Heartache Billie Holiday
Mack the Knife Ella Fitzgerald
In the Mood Glenn Miller
Desafinado Stan Getz
Cast Your Fate To The Wind Vince Guaraldi
Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin
Blue Monk Thelonious Monk
Caravan Duke Ellington
Sidewinder Lee Morgan
Django Modern Jazz Quartet
Compared To What Les McCann
Red Clay Freddie Hubbard
Ruby, My Dear Thelonious Monk
April in Paris Count Basie
Bitches Brew Miles Davis
Twisted Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Maiden Voyage Herbie Hancock
Mood Indigo Duke Ellington
St. Louis Blues Louis Armstrong
Manteca Dizzy Gillespie
How High The Moon Ella Fitzgerald
At Last Etta James
Fever Peggy Lee
Satin Doll Duke Ellington
Someday My Prince Will Come Miles Davis
Autumn in New York Billie Holiday
Epistrophy Thelonious Monk
I Loves You Porgy Nina Simone
It Don't Mean A Thing Duke Ellington
Koko Charlie Parker
Milestones Miles Davis
Misterioso Thelonious Monk
Nuages Django Reinhardt
Struttin' with Some BBQ Louis Armstrong
The In Crowd Ramsey Lewis
Ain't Misbehavin Fats Waller
Bye Bye Blackbird John Coltrane
On Green Dolphin Street Miles Davis
Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi
Georgia on My Mind Ray Charles
Joy Spring Clifford Brown & Max Roach
One O'Clock Jump Count Basie
Potato Head Blues Louis Armstrong
Bumpin’ (On Sunset) Wes Montgomery
Feeling Good Nina Simone
Misty Errol Garner
Moody's Mood For Love James Moody
Stardust Louis Armstrong
Yardbird Suite Charlie Parker
Diminuendo & Crescendo in Blue Duke Ellington
Donna Lee Charlie Parker
Water Boy Don Shirley
Ornithology Charlie Parker
Begin the Beguine Artie Shaw
Ceora Lee Morgan
Sophisticated Lady Duke Ellington
Sugar Stanley Turrentine
Footprints Wayne Shorter
Many many more

Jerome's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£250
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£375
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I'm happy to work with reasonable time changes if informed in enough time.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?


How much time do you need to set up?

3o mins tops

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.
Jazz, Soul, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Electronic, Ambient, House, Deep house, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Avant garde, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Funk rock, Funk, Disco, Covers, Hip Hop, Motown, R&B, World music, Afrobeat, Bossa nova, Latin, Reggae, Ska
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Virtual event, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Producer, Composer, Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Live looping, Fluent improviser, Music therapy
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