Wednesday 15th January saw the annual Youth Jazz event hosted by PPL and the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) at Portcullis House in Westminster, which helps to celebrate the great young jazz scene in the UK. Each year a different young jazz orchestra is given the chance to collaborate with a major artist with support from PPL, and this time around it was the turn of Jambone, the exceptional youth jazz band based at the Sage Gateshead.
Rick Taylor leads Jambone in their performance
Jambone is comprised of 13-19 year olds from across the north of England, and they were mentored for this performance by Rick Taylor, the Skye-based trombonist who composed the music for the evening. Covering a wide range of big-band material from Ellington-esque swing to modern fusion, the band tackled Taylor’s tunes with swagger and style, and their talent and enthusiasm was evident from the very start. The performance was a winning endorsement of the fantastic young groups that abound in the UK, and to see them supported and celebrated in such a way is hugely encouraging.
Jambone with members of PPL and APPJAG
Pictures courtesy of PPL, copyright Hayley Madden.