Award-winning Jam Experiment play at DMU in first event of year

By Jacob Moseley

Award-winning band Jam Experiment was intimately packed into DMU’s Student’s Union for a two-hour gig including a world premiere original with the university’s Jazz Band last night (JAN31).

The group, comprised of five extremely talented young artists, was formed in London in 2014 before shortly going on to play at the London Jazz and Love Supreme festivals.

Jam Experiment

Toby Comeau (Keyboard), Rory Ingham (Trombonist), Joe Lee (Bass), Dominic Ingham (Violin), Jonny Mansfield (Drums)

The band, based in Britain, includes trombonist Rory Ingham who won the ‘Rising Star’ in the 2017 British Jazz Awards and has worked with musicians including Canadian Chris Potter.

Mr Ingham said: “So Jam Experiment is a band that’s been going for 5 years and so far we’ve released an album and have been touring around the UK and Europe.

“We’ve been working with the DMU Jazz Band and we did a workshop yesterday afternoon; we were commissioned to write a brand new piece of music to be performed side by side as a world premiere.”

The university’s Jazz Band, which is partnered with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, also displayed their talent last night.

Mr Ingham said: “The DMU jazz band have done a great job.”

Rory Ingham and his band are all in their early 20s and are one of the best in the very few younger generation Jazz bands.

He explained: “Last year was probably about 30 gigs, and we went to places like Rome, Berlin, Krakow, Budapest, Prague. The year before that we released the album and did a 40 day tour around the UK so it keeps us busy.”

Last night’s event comprised separate performances of the two bands as well as a short medley between the two, showcasing the best of British Jazz.

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