RVJF: Bonsai & CRGS Swing Band

Follow RVJF: Bonsai & CRGS Swing Band

We are delighted to have musicians from Bonsai (formerly The Jam Experiment) to celebrate the Festival's 10th birthday with us.

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.  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 jazz festivals and venues across the UK including London Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and Ronnie Scott’s. They released their “irresistible” debut album ‘Jam Experiment’ in 2017 followed by a 40 date UK Tour! In the Summer of 2018 they embarked upon a European tour, including appearances in Rome, Berlin, Prague, Kraków and Budapest.

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

Bonsai's sound is dynamic jazz fusion balanced with intricate compositions and adventurous improvisations negotiated through mutual admiration for each other. The band has no leader or rather, each member is the leader; through this process they've challenged their own musical boundaries. 

Given that the Ingham brothers have been playing together for nearly 20

years, 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, presenter of Jazz Line-Up on BBC Radio 3

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