Wednesday 18 October 2017
This incredible young jazz quintet, Jam Experiment, has been amazing audiences across the UK after their debut gig supporting Liane Carroll was shortly followed by winning the 2014 Jazz North Introduces Scheme. The line-up includes the winner of the inaugural BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2014 and British Jazz Awards Rising Star 2016, Alexander Bone and trombonist Rory Ingham. Both were runners-up in the best instrumentalist of the year in the British Jazz Awards 2016. Now based in London, studying at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Jam Experiment display a fresh, energetic and honest approach of original compositions and arrangements. All band members write music for the band and contribute musical ideas equally, creating a beautifully varied set of music, and a very individual, cool and funky sound bringing an energetic approach to their original compositions and arrangements.
Already a highly accomplished and professional unit with a strong group identity Jam Experiment issued their self-released début album on June 2nd, 2017 and are currently touring to promote it. The album reveals fresh delights and hidden depths with each new visit. Although the album was recorded as recently as November 2016 the group have already assembled an impressive raft of new material, Jam Experiment’s music is unashamedly funky, harking back to 70s and 80s fusion but also embracing more contemporary grooves sourced from hip-hop culture. This is a group whose music is immediately accessible but which stands up to repeated listening.
I am sure we will be hearing much more from this young band.
Line-up: Rory Ingham – Trombone, Alexander Bone – Saxophone, Toby Comeau – Piano, Joe Lee – Bass, Jonny Mansfield – Drums
“Incredible” – Liane Carroll
“Musicianship of the highest standard” – Bebop Spoke Here
“The Jam Experiment is one of the best young bands I’ve ever heard. The instrumental playing is highly accomplished, but most impressively, this is a band that swings, has great arrangements and knows how to present itself. A really refreshing presence on the scene.” – Alan Barnes
“It’s more than enough to make the heart sing – a quintet of young musicians, on the threshold of successful lifetime careers, presenting a jazz/funk/soul album of remarkable musicianship and expressive depth.” London Jazz News
“Jam Experiment is ‘feel good’, accessible, intelligently crafted… and irresistible.” London Jazz News
“Their ability to connect with the audience was exceptional … This band are bound for great things. A joy!” Claire Martin OBE, Jazz Line-up BBC Radio 3.