The JMI Youth Big Band

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Music of Jewish origin and cutting edge jazz sounds fused together to create Jewish music as you’ve never heard it before. Led by inspirational Musical Director Sam Eastmond (Spike Orchestra, John Zorn) this is music for the next generation performed by the next generation.


“A radical revelation! They play with an assurance, fluency and confidence rarely seen from such youthful ensembles.”

Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3

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The JMI Youth Big Band was first formed as a direct result of an informal conversation between the Jewish Music Institute and Sam Eastmond in 2017. The ensemble is made up of talented young musicians from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures who share a love of Jazz, funk, soul and music of Jewish origin. In the 5 years since they have been together the band have release 2 albums and 2 singles, and performed in front of capacity crowds at venues and festivals all over London. The band regularly feature a number of internationally renowned guest musicians both live and on recordings, including; Jon Madof, Sam Day Harmet, Josephine Davies, Andy Watts, Mike Wilkins and Moss Freed.   

Tzadik Label artist, Bandleader, Composer and trumpet player Sam Eastmond writes music born of his love of orchestration and structure entwined with the spontaneity and interaction of improvisation. Sam draws from a diverse array of influences. Jazz, Klezmer, contemporary classical and cartoon all inform his work. Working with legendary Downtown NYC Composer and seminal Radical Jewish Culture innovator John Zorn, Sam is one of a small number of artists chosen to collaborate on Zorn’s monolithic Masada series.