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Trudy Lile


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Trudy is a jazz flutist and vocalist based in Auckland, New Zealand. She has performed at Jazz and Arts Festivals around New Zealand from Whangarei to Queenstown in the last ten years, with her band Mojave and also as one of The Jazz Divas, and as a Sister of Swing, including a knock out performance the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga. She has recorded and performed with The Rodger Fox Big Band, Black Sand Diva, Whirimako Black, Ishtar, King Kapisi, and Many Hands, and on the sound track of the 2013 New Zealand film “Mt Zion”. She has also toured internationally to Australia, Singapore and Korea. As well as performing for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Trudy and her band of some of New Zealand’s most experienced and exquisite jazz musicians, have been flown around the globe to perform on exclusive Cruise ships.

Trudy completed a BMus in Classical performance at Victoria University in 1991, studying with Dr Alexa Still. She then took up the position on Associate Principal Flute with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She became the first jazz flutist in New Zealand to complete her Masters of Music in jazz performance. She has released two albums, Ristretto and Well Dressed Standards, both of which are available on Itunes, Amplifier, CD Baby and Band Camp. As well as a busy teaching schedule in Auckland Schools, Trudy is also an Artist Teacher at New Zealand School of Music, where she has been voted Lecturer of the Year five times.