Malcolm Earle-Smith has been well established on the London Jazz scene for over 20 years. After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music in 1989, he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Since then, he has gone on to work with a variety of jazz and pop artists including Kenny Baker, Jack Parnell, Digby Fairweather, Henry Lowther, Frank Griffith, Martin Speake, Martha Reeves and Ronnie Spector. Malcolm has also recorded and toured extensively with Bryan Ferry and appears on two of his albums: As Time Goes By (1999), and more recently, The Jazz Age (2012). In 2008-9 Malcolm appeared at Shakespeare's Globe as onstage trombonist in Che Walker's play The Frontline. He has has released two albums under his own name: Lyric Trombone (Malcolm Earle-Smith Quartet 1996), and Things are looking up (2008), on which he features as trombonist, vocalist and composer.
More recently, Malcolm is a regular member of the award winning Basin Street Brawlers, as well as fronting two of his own groups: Nevada Street Four - a group specialising in jazz of the 20s and 30s, featuring four-part vocals, and Three-Way Stretch a contemporary trio in which he plays alongside Liam Noble (piano) and Dave Wickins (drums) which draws on a variety of repertoire and jazz styles.
Malcolm is also a committed and well respected teacher. At present he is senior lecturer in jazz at Trinitylaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and Professor of Jazz Trombone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.