Creative Director

Jilly Jarman

Founder and Director since 2002, Jilly is a composer, MD, jazz improvisor and teacher. Jazz Programme, Young Songwriters, Improv Choir, NCTCE, Schools Improvisation Programme, mentoring.

Composition and Singing

Ella Jarman-Pinto

Director Eden Contemporary Music, classical and jazz singer, composition tuition for secondary schools.



Richard Evans

Cello, accordion, guitar. Performer and tutor.


workshop leader, website development

Bryony Jarman-Pinto

Visual art, songwriting, website development, music and art workshops, digital outputs.

Jazz Programme Coordinator

Geoff Bartholomew

Geoff is a jazz trumpeter, arranger and teacher. Jazz Programme, B Jamba, Schools Wider Opportunities.

Music Production

Tom Leah

Studio composition programme development, StudioJam, session leader, guitarist.


Violin, Singing & Music Theory

Michael Sanderson

Michael has recently moved to Cumbria after 30 years teaching and performing based in the south of England.

Instrument maker

Lawrence Leith

Having been with BlueJam from the beginning, Lawrence now provides expertise on gamelan and designs instruments for use in schools.

Publicity and Marketing

Jessica Boatright

Jess works along side Jilly developing publicity and marketing strategies. She also is a workshop leader and a poet.

Creative Music Club

Sarah Gray

BlueJam NE Creative Director since 2013, Sarah is a classical and folk singer, performer and teacher.

B Jamba leader

Josh Jackson

Josh is a Young Music Leader now taking responsibility for drumming in BlueJam. He also plays kit in the Youth Jazz Ensemble and performs regularly with BlueJam Acoustic.


Big Jam Leader

Rob Steels

Rob is a jazz double bass player, guitarist and ceilidh player. BigJam youth band, Kirkby Stephen.

Electric Guitar group Leader

Sean Haythornthwaite

Guitarist and band arranger

Visual Arts

Kate Brundrett

Storytelling, shadow puppets

Jazz Guitar

Joe Steels

Jazz ambassador – A graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Course, Joe is working with us on the NYJO Regional Academy Programme


Jamie Johnson

Jamie is helping out with B Jamba and technical support.

Space support

Krystl Mayes

Krystl helps with logistics and upkeep at our Community Arts Space

Guitar tutor; events management

Sam Johnston

Sam is one of our tutor team and also an advisor on gig promotion