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Do you know someone who would like to join Jambone? We are on the look out for more saxophone and brass players at the moment.  Please email to find out more.

  • Age 13-19
  • 22/23 Fee: £765 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.

Watch our Youth Ensembles performing the St Cuthbert Suite by Paul Edis on YouTube

Application and Auditions

Applications to join Jambone for 23/24 will reopen in the spring, but if you would like to join now please email, telling us a little bit about what instrument you play and what experience you have and we will get back to you.

Term Dates 22/23


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

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.