Line-up: RORY INGHAM trombone; DOMINIC INGHAM violin,vocals; TOBY COMEAU piano,keyboard; JOE LEE bass,vocals; JONNY MANSFIELD drums; GRACE ARCHER vocals
“one of the most talked-about and critically acclaimed bands on the UK scene” London Jazz News
“a refreshing audience-friendly approach…impressive brotherly synchronicity” Jazzwise
Parliamentary Jazz Awards nominees Bonsai, featured as ‘Taking Off’ artists and chosen in the ‘Shape of Jazz to Come in 2018’ in Jazzwise, are a 5-piece band based in London, UK.
Formed in 2014, they have been featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio London and Jazz FM numerous times, and played at leading jazz festivals and venues across the UK including EFG London Jazz Festival, Pizza Express Soho, Love Supreme Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and Ronnie Scott’s. Since releasing their “irresistible” debut album ‘Jam Experiment’ in 2017, they have played an impressive 100 shows. 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 British Jazz Awards, trombonist Rory Ingham, his brother Dominic Ingham on violin/vocals, Toby Comeau on piano/keyboard, Joe Lee on bass/vocals, and Jonny Mansfield (Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize winner) on drums.
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 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”. In Summer 2019, Bonsai released “Bonsai Club” on Ubuntu Music which received much critical acclaim; an album where Bonsai have explored breaking down boundaries between genres, whilst developing a sound that is driven by a myriad of ingredients: expressive vocals, a plethora of synths, and groove fuelled improvisations.