J.A.M. is an exciting new contemporary jazz string trio, who trio play their own re-imaginings of works by jazz heavyweights, such as Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk and Kenny Wheeler, alongside their own compositions. Their arrangements leave space for moments of freeness, with a heavy focus on interaction and improvisation. Julia and Miranda have been playing together since 2015 through the Tomorrow’s Warriors (Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd, Zara McFarlane) jazz string project, StringTing, when they were mentored by The Queen’s Medal for Music recipient, Gary Crosby OBE. They have gigged extensively with StringTing across the UK and Europe and have toured with Nu Civilisation Orchestra and Jazz Jamaica All Stars. They have also played their own gigs (as trio and quartet) in key London venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz Club and The Purcell Room at Southbank Centre. In 2019 they toured the UK with legendary saxophonist, Steve Williamson, garnering a 4-star review from the Financial Times. Annalise joined StringTing in 2021, having met Julia at a Tomorrow’s Warriors workshop led by jazz violinist extraordinaire, Benet McClean. Julia and Annalise struck up a relationship which continued through their Masters studies at Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Line Up: Annalise Lam - violin, Julie Dos Reis – viola & Miranda Lewis-Brown - cello