Instruments: Trumpet

Trumpet player Warwick Alder is a composer and lecturer in jazz improvisation and ensemble at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Alder graduated with honours in Jazz Studies from Sydney Conservatorium in 1981 and since then has regularly performed with most major Australian jazz artists and many leading international artists. He has toured extensively in Australia and overseas.

In 1983 Warwick became a founding member of James Morrison’s first band, Morrison Bros. Big Bad Band and together they recorded two CDs and an ABC TV special. Also at this time he began playing with some leading avant-garde ensembles, developing his sense of freer improvisation and composition style. In 1986 he was chosen as a founding member of Ten Part Invention, still widely regarded as Australia’s leading modern jazz ensemble. He also continued to play with Australia’s leading jazz traditionalists and in 1988 was chosen to represent Australia in the Bicentennial Australian Jazz Orchestra which toured Australia and the USA for six months. 

In 2005 he performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival and toured Europe with the legendary Bernie McGann. He has played with such international stars as Cleo Laine, Joe Williams, Branford Marsalis, Eartha Kitt and many others.