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Jambone is anything but conventional, aiming to provide a range of fresh repertoire and performance challenges for its members

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.

Key Information

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Applications close on Friday 21 April 2023.

Age: 13-19

Day & Time: Fortnightly, Saturday afternoons.

Experience: Intermediate to Advanced

Audition Required

Fee for 23/24:£850 (including a residential). Bursaries are available.

Term Dates

September 2022 – July 2023 (PDF)

How to Apply

Our audition process for 23/24 will continue to be managed remotely with auditions via video.  It will involve you sending us a video, and we will send you detailed information if you are required to audition.  If you are not comfortable with this then we can arrange for you to audition in person.

In Auditions candidates are asked to:

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

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

What is Jambone like?

We visited Jambone on residential in Allendale with guest trumpeter and composer Yazz Ahmed.

Jambone Residential with Yazz Ahmed

More Jazz with Make Music


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.

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