About the Band
Back in 2010, some musician friends in Barnsley decided to get together on a Sunday morning and ‘jam’ some old soul music. The ‘jam’ slowly grew, with word spreading to other musicians through friends of friends.
Having spent six months getting together for an informal ‘Soul Jam’, the musicians realised that there was enough material for a gig and thus, The Soul Jam was born.
Unlike many other bands playing the function circuit, The Soul Jam wasn’t created in a cold, calculated fashion in order to make money.
It was born out of the musicians genuine appreciation of the music and a desire to get together with their mates and have fun. This attitude has helped shape the nature of the band’s performances. The band takes to the stage to have fun and because they enjoy it. These feelings are infectious, and when the audience see’s how much fun the band is having, it’s difficult to resist the temptation to dance!
In order to preserve this attitude, The Soul Jam limits its performances to 15 shows per year. If you have a private function and want to give your guests something they’ve never seen or heard at a party, don’t waste any time contacting us.
Where We’re Based
The Soul Jam is based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, but it’s members are spread out across Barnsley, Penistone, Wakefield, Leeds, Sheffield, Huddersfield and Bradford. Although our shows tend to be in the north of England, the band is happy to travel far and wide. We are lucky enough to have performed in some fabulous venues including the Scarborough Spa, The Palace Hotel Ballroom in Manchester, and the University of Sheffield’s Firth Hall, a venue that has also been graced by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
What makes The Soul Jam really different from other run-of-the-mill function bands is its size. The Soul Jam is a 16 piece group made up of:
- 1 Male Vocalist
- 3 Female Vocalists
- Lead Guitar
- Bass Guitar
- 2 Trumpets
- Baritone Saxophone
- 2 Alto Saxophones
- 2 Tenor Saxophones
In addition, one of our female vocalists also plays a 3rd Alto Saxophone, giving us a 9-piece horn section. It’s this and the four vocals that really make the band stand out, giving The Soul Jam the ability to create a huge, rich sound that really re-creates the power felt in the original recordings.