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/vocals, 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 andadventurous 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 “high- octane” rhythm section, the ensemble has an electric synergy that results in “pure musical gold”.
“one of the most talked-about and critically acclaimed young bands on the UK scene”
London Jazz News
Refreshing audience-friendly approach…impressive brotherly synchronicity”
“Their ability to connect with an audience is exception…this band are bound for great things”
Claire Martin OBE
“Fizzes with youthful energy”
“This is a group whose music is immediately accessible but which stands up to repeated listening”