Bonsai & Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Swing Band

Ribble Valley Jazz Festival has a long standing commitment to develop young musicians and increase participation in performing jazz. Members (and ex-members) of the Jam Experiment group have featured at our festival since they were aspiring student musicians at Chethams School of Music in Manchester.

We are delighted to have musicians from Bonsai (formerly The Jam Experiment) celebrate the Festival's 10th birthday with us. And now they are helping blood the next generation of musicians, as we have commissioned trombonist Rory Ingham and violinist / vocalist Dominic Ingham, to compose a new piece of music, especially for the 10th Festival, and work with the young players of the Clitheroe Royal Grammar School swing band,  to rehearse and perform the commissioned piece at the Festival concert on the afternoon of Saturday, May 4th.  

The CRGS Swing Band will perform these new tunes as part of their one hour festival swing band session, accompanied by young jazzers from Bonsai. CRGS will be followed by a post-interval performance from the 5-piece Bonsai band - an established and experienced young London-based band, making their third festival appearance.


Chosen in the ‘Shape of Jazz to Come in 2018’ in Jazzwise, Bonsai (formerly known as Jam Experiment) are an award winning band that are based in London, UK. Formed in 2014, they have appeared on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM numerous times, and played at leading UK festivals & venues including London Jazz and Cheltenham Festivals, followed by a 40 date UK Tour and a 2018 European Tour visiting Rome, Berlin, Prague, Kraków & Budapest.

Bonsai lineup includes Rising Star winner in the 2017 British Jazz Awards, trombonist Rory Ingham, his brother Dominic Ingham - violin/voice, Toby Comeau - piano/keyboard, Joe Lee - bass, Jonny Mansfield (Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize winner) - drums.

Bonsai's sound is dynamic jazz fusion balanced with intricate compositions and adventurous improvisations. The band has no leader or rather, each member is a leader, which is how they've challenged their musical boundaries.

Given that the Ingham brothers have been playing together for 20years, when the unusual frontline of trombone/violin/vocals is met with the ferociously “highoctane” rhythm section, the ensemble has an electric synergy that results in “pure musical gold”. This concert is part of a 20 date UK album launch tour to be released in May 2019 on Ubuntu Music.

“One of the most talked-about and critically acclaimed young bands on the UK scene” - London Jazz News

“A refreshing audience-friendly approach…impressive brotherly synchronicity ” - Jazzwise

"Their ability to connect with the audience was exceptional...This band are bound for great things. A joy!" - Claire Martin OBE

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