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  • Age 13-19
  • 22/23 Fee: £685 to include a residential
  • Bursaries are available
  • Recommended for intermediate to advanced players
  • Audition required

Jambone is a jazz ensemble directed by trombonist and conductor Jason Holcomb. They have performed at many events and venues alongside some of the top influential jazz musicians in the country.

Recently Jambone supported Ronnie Scott’s All Stars at Sage Gateshead, and Soweto Kinch at the Durham Jazz Festival, as well as headlining on Sage Gateshead’s stages and performing around the region.

Jambone comprises trumpet, trombone, saxophone and flute sections locked together by piano, guitar, bass and drums. The musical mission of the band is anything but conventional, aiming to provide a range of fresh repertoire and performance challenges for its members.

Jambone meet fortnightly on a Saturday afternoon at Sage Gateshead and regularly end their rehearsals with a performance on our concourse. In 22/23 we will be reintroducing a residential which helps to bond the group musically and socially.

Younger and less experienced students may be interested in our non auditioned jazz ensemble, Jazz Attack.

Application and Auditions

For the last two years our audition process has been managed remotely and auditions were via video.  We will be doing this again for the 22/23 season.  It will involve you sending us a video, and we will send you detailed information if you are required to audition.

You can see a video on our standard in person audition process by visiting our Ask Us Anything page. 

In Auditions candidates are asked to:

  • Perform two contrasting pieces of their own choice
  • Improvise over a 12 bar blues, or similar progression

We’d love to hear from you if you are interested in joining part of our Young Musicians Programme. You can email [email protected].

Term Dates 21/22


Our Young Musicians Programme is open to all children and young people, whatever their circumstances. We are keen to encourage applicants from the widest possible range of backgrounds and access a bursary where needed.

Here’s some more information about bursaries.

If you’d like to speak to someone, please email us at [email protected]

Jambone Residential with Yazz Ahmed

We visited Jambone on residential in Allendale with guest trumpeter and composer Yazz Ahmed. Find out what they got up with in this video.