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.

Music Production

Tom Leah

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


Musician, workshop leader, tutor

Richard Evans

Cello, accordion, guitar. Runs Children’s Orchestra and Swing Dance Cumbria.


Publicity and Marketing, poetry

Jessica Boatright

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

workshop leader, website development

Bryony Jarman-Pinto

Soul singer, visual artist, songwriting, website development, music and art workshops, digital outputs.

Jazz Guitarist, workshop leader

Joe Steels

NYJO Regional Academy Programme assistant tutor, Children’s Orchestra leader, BlueJam Jazz

Parenting and Composition

Ella Jarman-Pinto

Composer for film, classical and jazz singer, composition tuition.


Jazz Programme Coordinator

Geoff Bartholomew

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

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.


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.

Creative Music Club

Sarah Gray

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

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


Jamie Johnson

Jamie is helping out with B Jamba and technical support.

Guitar tutor; events management

Sam Johnston

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