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Financial Times ****

"pushing at the boundaries of jazz... delivering walking lines, heavy riffs and rattles and taps, are thoroughly contemporary.... much more than a warm up act"

Zoe Rahman, MOBO awardee jazz pianist *****

“J.A.M. String Collective [give] us a really strong and unique performance with a wide variety of textures and grooves as well as a meaningful narrative in their improvisations. It was very moving to hear them play.”

Daniel Casimir, Multi-award winning bassist *****

“It was a pleasure to hear J.A.M. String Collective. The trio’s innovative nature came through as they perfectly balanced classical string composition with jazz and improvisation.”

J.A.M. is a London based all-female improvising string trio, weaving songlike melodies into open group improvisations, creating spontaneous filmic textures, injected with a solid dose of groove and the Blues. They perform as a trio, as well as with singers and instrumentalists, forming their collective, and placing improvising strings at the forefront. In May 2023 they released their debut EP joined by legendary saxophonist Steve Williamson (The Steve Williamson Experience), and emerging drum talent Zoe Pascal (Zenel), supported by Help Musicians. They followed with an 11-date UK tour including a sold out EP launch gig at Toulouse Lautrec, in association with Tomorrow's Warriors and Women in Jazz.

In November 2023 they were awarded the Peter Whittingham Jazz Developmental award, which will support them in writing new material for their first full length album. 

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Soli Strings perform much loved pop and jazz classics at weddings and events, as well as public concerts. They have recently joined composer/pianist Ilario Ferari for his live performances, performing his original 'Be Yourself" album at a launch event at King's Place, London. The music takes influence from the string writing of Debussy and Ravel, with featured string improvised solos. 

Julia enjoys arranging for the quartet - her arrangements offer fun takes on pop/jazz classics, keeping the essence of the original. Features of the arrangements include the inclusion of extended and percussive techniques such as ‘chopping’, moments of improvisation, melodic lines passed around all players, and solid grooves.

Arrangements available here.



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