Meet the Composer

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Jacob Edward Britton is a composer, musician, & playwright, from Orlando, Florida. Raised in central Florida to a musical family, Britton learned percussion and jazz vibraphone between middle and high school. After writing his first chart for jazz big band during his sophomore year of high school, he began to take a serious interest in music composition and has since studied with numerous teaching artists including Lynne Arriale, David Berger, Maria Schneider, Jay Ashby, Imer Santiago, Miguel Alvarado, Paul Parker and others.

Britton has written for a variety of ensemble settings in many different genres. These include jazz big band, jazz small group, symphony orchestra, brass quintet, vocal solo w/accompaniment, solo piano, and other ensemble types.  Some of Britton’s inspirations include George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, Lili Boulanger, Stephen Sondheim, Nikolai Kapustin, Vincent Persichetti, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Gil Evans, Maria Schneider, William Grant Still, Oliver Wallace, Frank Churchill, Robert Aldridge, Juan Andres Ospina, and David Bennett Thomas.

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J. Edward Britton studied under Jay Ashby at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and earned a B.M. Jazz Composition in 2020.  He is currently studying at New England Conservatory of Music for his M.M. Jazz Composition