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Jazz, big band, function and orchestral trumpet & flugelhorn player. Performer and educator. BA Music (Hons) & piano DipABRSM.

Mikey Ahearn is a young and exciting jazz musician born and raised in South London. Driven by the artistry of Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown and Miles Davis, Mikey seeks to channel that lineage in both the language and soul of the great trumpet masters in pursuit of a unique voice and sound. Mikey’s formative experiences in this world of sound form an eclectic collection. This can be seen in Mikey’s early development as a player; by the age of 18, Mikey had led the local youth orchestra’s trumpet section in numerous symphonies, brought the music of Duke Ellington and Fats Waller to countless functions with the eleven-piece ‘In The Swing,’ performed across three years with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, and performed repertoire such as Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ at the Cadogan Hall in London. Whilst at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, Mikey’s gravitation towards jazz would put them in contact with saxophonist Mornington Lockett and subsequently his bass-playing brother Dorian, saxophonist Duncan Eagles, and pianists Nikki Iles, Pete Churchill and Andrea Vicari. In 2016, Mikey turned down an offer to study trumpet at the Royal College of Music in favour of a place at Oxford University, where they took leadership of university big band ‘The Donut Kings’ between 2017-19. In addition to bringing the classic music of Basie and Ellington to black-tie and white-tie balls across Oxford and London, Mikey led the band to fresh ground by directing a performance of Kenny Wheeler’s ‘Sweet Time Suite’ in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre, thoroughly cementing the band’s presence as a serious outfit on the Oxford scene. Mikey’s time with the band came to a close following a European tour to Lyon and Bilbao in the summer of 2019. This also brought Mikey’s involvement in the Oxford music scene to an end, a time in which the melting pot of musical styles and flavours had shaped Mikey’s own style and approach. Among these were ‘Elephantasy’ – a neo-soul collective inspired by the music of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, D’Angelo and others – ‘About Life’ – a contemporary jazz quintet exploring broken beat, afrobeat, Latin, funk and techno – 'Introspection' – a 7-piece contemporary jazz and jazz-rock ensemble lead by composer and guitarist Julian Woods – and ‘Baker’s Dozen’ – a contemporary classical, jazz, pop and electronic ensemble led by composer and pianist Harry Baker. Mikey was also involved in several recording projects in Oxford, including ‘All In’ – the inaugural album of the independent label ‘JazzSoc Records’, written and recorded by SNARP – and ‘Project Albus’ – a pop/classical synthesis album written and recorded by Tanay Joshi. Since then, Mikey has been taking lessons from British jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer Gerard Presencer, in addition to attending the many London jam sessions and gigging in small-band combos across London. They have also been a member of the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy (JJJA) during this time, greatly benefiting from the teaching and mentorship of Julian and James Joseph, Trevor Watkis, Tony Kofi, Byron Wallen and Alex Thomas-French. The academy’s approach to swing and to the spirituality of jazz in all its forms has revolutionised Mikey’s conception of not just jazz but all music as an art form and a force for healing. The recognition that music can empower both the self and the collective has only strengthened Mikey’s love for jazz as both a music and a way of living. Mikey’s latest recording project, ‘Octagyn,’ will be their debut release as leader. Recorded with other members of JJJA at the World Heart Beat Music Academy in London, ‘Octagyn’ is a distillation of the thoughts and feelings of a queer musician navigating extended isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. It draws inspiration from a variety of sources bridging Kenny Garrett, Bheki Mseleku, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Wheeler, Cedar Walton and others, forging a space for both introspection and brazen optimism to coexist and coalesce. The album exists ultimately as an expression of rawness and recklessness, embracing the erratic and celebrating the uncertain. Come September 2021, Mikey will be studying jazz at the Northwestern Bienen School of Music in Evanston IL, USA. Until then, they will continue their job as a whole-class trumpet and baritone teacher to primary school children in the local borough. They also tutor with Merton Music Foundation’s ‘Jazz Works’ program, a project designed to shape the early jazz education of local musicians aged 8-18. Mikey is passionate about their teaching, holding the firm belief that everybody should be given access to music from an early age. They also offer private teaching in trumpet, piano, music theory and improvisation, to both jazz and classical students of any age and at any level.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Cabaret, Latin jazz, Swing, Modern jazz, Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, 1940s era music, 1930s era music, 1920s era music, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Pop, Acoustic, Americana, Hip Hop, Motown, R&B, Soul, Tribute, Vintage, Indie, Rock 'n' Roll, Bossa nova, Latin, Ska, Glam rock, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Synth rock
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Arranger, Songwriter, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Musicologist, Orchestrator, Lyricist, Accompanist
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Song list

- Jazz combo: Any jazz standard, including but not limited to the following:
• A Child is Born
• A Night in Tunisia
• Agua de Beber
• Ain’t Misbehavin’
• Airegin
• All Blues
• All of Me
• All the Things You Are
• Almost Like Being in Love
• Alone Together
• Angel Eyes
• Anthropology
• Autumn in New York
• Autumn Leaves
• Beatrice
• Beautiful Love
• Bewitched
• Billie’s Bounce
• Birdland
• Black Nile
• Black Orpheus
• Blue Bossa
• Blue in Green
• Blue Monk
• Blues for Alice
• Body and Soul
• But Beautiful
• Butterfly
• C Jam Blues
• Cantaloupe Island
• Caravan
• Chameleon
• Chelsea Bridge
• Cherokee
• Chi Chi
• Con Alma
• Darn That Dream
• Desafinado
• Detour Ahead
• Dienda
• Dolphin Dance
• Donna Lee
• Doxy
• Dream a Little Dream of Me
• Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
• Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum
• 500 Miles High
• Fly Me to the Moon
• Footprints
• Four
• Freddie Freeloader
• From This Moment On
• Georgia
• The Girl From Ipanema
• Have You Met Miss Jones
• Honeysuckle Rose
• How High the Moon
• I Fall in Love Too Easily
• I'll Remember April
• I’m Beginning to See the Light
• I’ve Got You Under My Skin
• Impressions
• In a Mellow Tone
• In a Sentimental Mood
• Inner Urge
• Insensatez
• Invitation
• I Should Care
• It Could Happen to You
• It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it Ain't Got That Swing)
• It’s Only a Paper Moon
• Killer Joe
• Kind Folk
• Li’l Darlin’
• Like Someone in Love
• Little Sunflower
• Lucky Southern
• Lullaby of Birdland
• Maiden Voyage
• Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
• Midnight Voyage
• Milestones (Davis)
• Misty
• Moment’s Notice
• Mood Indigo
• Mr. Day
• Mr. P.C.
• My Favourite Things
• My Foolish Heart
• My Funny Valentine
• My Groove, Your Move
• My Little Suede Shoes
• My One and Only Love
• My Romance
• My Ship
• Nardis
• Nica’s Dream
• The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
• A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
• Oleo
• On Green Dolphin Street
• One Note Samba
• Ornithology
• Out of Nowhere
• Over the Rainbow
• Ow
• Passion Dance
• Prelude to a Kiss
• Pure Imagination
• Recordame
• Red Clay
• 'Round Midnight
• The Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers
• Satin Doll
• Seven Steps to Heaven
• Simone
• Smatter
• Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
• Solitude
• Someday My Prince Will Come
• Song For My Father
• Soon
• Sophisticated Lady
• Spain
• Speak Low
• Speak No Evil
• St. Thomas
• Stella by Starlight
• Stolen Moments
• Straight, No Chaser
• Strasbourg St. Denis
• Summertime
• Sunny Side of the Street
• Sweet Georgia Brown
• Take Five
• Take the “A” Train
• Tea For Two
• Tell Me a Bedtime Story
• Tenor Madness
• There Will Never Be Another You
• This I Dig of You
• Tones for Joan’s Bones
• Triste
• Ugly Beauty
• Waltz for Debby
• Watermelon Man
• Wave
• The Way You Look Tonight
• What Is This Thing Called Love
• Whisper Not
• Why Don't You Do Right
• Yesterdays
• You Don't Know What Love Is
... in addition to personal compositions and transcriptions.
- Function band: Any popular charts from 1960s onwards.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Authenticity, creativity and professionalism.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

- Cadogan Hall, London - Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao - Grosvenor House, London Mayfair - Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford - Boat parties across the Thames - Various European countries on music tours

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Kenny Wheeler, Roy Hargrove, Miles Davis, Terence Blanchard, Chet Baker, Kamasi Washington, Keith Jarrett, Bheki Mseleku, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Kirkland and Bill Evans.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Performing Kenny Wheeler's 'Sweet Time Suite', from the 1990 album 'Music for Large and Small Ensembles', with The Donut Kings - a big band I directed at Oxford University. I had arranged all of the music myself, and we were met with a 400-strong standing ovation inside Oxford's prestigious Sheldonian Theatre.

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event, just let me know.

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

Yes, if given access to a PA system.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time.

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

My set lists are constructed from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests have an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through to make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I bring my own instrument. Amplification will need to be discussed.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a piece isn't included in my set list, there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn, I am happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times, etc.


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)£40
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£480
Private Tuition
Trumpet, piano, music theory or improvisation lessons, in both jazz and classical styles. I charge: - £35/hr (minimum rate recommended by MU) I'm qualified with: - Professional experience in music education (whole-class and one-to-one instrumental tutoring for both Sutton Music Service and Merton Music Foundation) - Bachelor's Degree in Music, Oxford University - 10 years of professional experience in trumpet - DipABRSM (piano) I can teach with: - Zoom - Microsoft Teams I can help with: - Trumpet (beginner to Grade 8 standard) - Piano (beginner to Grade 8 standard) - Theory (basic and advanced harmony, aural training, musical analysis, music history, etc.) - Improvisation (trumpet/piano, including chord voicings) All of the above can be tailored to jazz or classical styles.
I can provide a custom fanfare for your event! If this were to be part of a longer performance, however, please consult my standard price listings.
Remembrance Sunday
Remembrance Sunday service, including The Last Post and any other desired music. Accompanists for any music requested outside of the bugle calls must be provided. From the £50, I will donate £10 straight to 'Help for Heroes', the UK armed forces and military verterans charity.
Jazz Combo (Small)
As a regularly gigging freelance musician, I play with many different people at many different events. For your event, I can source professional session musicians to deliver a small jazz combo (three to six players) tailored specially to your needs. The main focus of this service is for jazz set-ups, but classical chamber ensembles can also be provided at the same price. This service is charged at £125 per person, not including travel expenses. Provision of electrical equipment can be discussed.


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Sam W, 1 year ago

"Mikey is a fantastic tutor. He is an excellent trumpet player, a great teacher, and a lovely person. He is particularly good at isolating single concepts, such as breathing, tonguing, phrasing, soloing, and sharing his expansive learning on these concepts, in a way that is perfectly suited to your level of playing. Most of all, I really enjoy our classes together. I would recommend him to anyone." - Sam Williams, private trumpet student

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Francis G, 1 year ago

I’ve had the pleasure of involving Mikey in my Jazz Quintet several times in recent months doing live gigs in the London area. Mikey is passionate about his music and arrives at gigs in good time and ready to co-front line the band in a highly effective trumpet/sax pairing. We often get little or no rehearsing time so adaptability and a ‘fit in' attitude are crucial. Mikey is a very competent reader so on tunes not committed to memory he can be relied upon to fill the role of lead trumpet irrespective of what jazz style each number belongs to. In the jazz space Mikey plays naturally across more traditional styles into modern and funky sub-genres. When it comes to taking solos Mikey has the gift of playing accurately and melodically and the all important structuring and developing of a solo; building energy and entertainment and tension. I’ve noticed he gets a really appreciative audience response and he’s getting a name for stand out playing on the jazz circuit. Mikey is a really competent and inventive player who’s new on the scene in my area. He’s also a collaborative and helpful band member and I’d recommend him to anyone who wants to bring in some trumpet excellence. Francis Gryspeerdt (Atlantic Blue Jazz)

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