BlueJam Team

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.


Jazz Programme Coordinator

Geoff Bartholomew

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


Events Coordinator

Karen Barbier

Karen is Early Years and SEN coordinator. BabyJam, storytelling, drumming.

Music Production

Tom Leah

Studio composition programme development, StudioJam, session leader, guitarist


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.


Creative Music Club

Sarah Gray

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


Composition and Singing

Ella Jarman-Pinto

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

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


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

Visual Arts

Kate Brundrett

Storytelling, shadow puppets

Instrument maker

Lawrence Leith

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


Heather Tipler

Funding and project management, Arts Awards


Elinor Rooks

Funding, Creative writing workshops.

Violin, Singing & Music Theory

Michael Sanderson

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