Will Rees-Jones is a London/Somerset based saxophonist and composer, currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a scholarship. He previously attended Wells Cathedral School with tutelage from Andy Tweed, Ed Leaker and Karen Street as well as being part of the National Youth Jazz Collective. Now in London Will is mentored by Mark Lockheart, Gareth Lockrane and Iain Ballamy, as well as many other British jazz Icons.
He has performed in numerous prestigious venues across the UK such as the Royal Albert Hall, Old Street Records, Barbican Hall and the Paradise Ballroom at Boomtown Festival 2019 with players such as Jason Rebello, Iain Ballamy, Julian Joseph, John Turville, Julian Arguilles and James Maddren.
Will is now exploring new creative outlets forming two new bands whilst in London, writing new compositions as well as playing in many groups i.e. Swing Machine Big Band, GBH Big Band and a newly formed afrobeat collective led by guitarist Bryn Powell.
He also appears as part of "Return of the Native" which is a Somerset based elastic band with core members Hywel Davis, Luke Belcher and Luke McCarthy
Will Rees-Jones was brought up in North Yorkshire in a family of musicians playing the viola and classical saxophone as well as many other instruments such as drum kit, bass guitar, piano, and also starting to learn about composition and music production. This is the basis of the musician he is today and Will attributes the amazing early musical education that he received as the foundation of his musical identity and playing.
In 2014, Will was lucky enough to get a place at the prestigious Wells Cathedral School as a specialist musician. It was here, after hearing the school’s Jazz Orchestra play, that he discovered Jazz and his love for the saxophone under tutelage from Ed Leaker, Andy Tweed and Karen Street. During his time at Wells, Will performed with and led the WCS Jazz Orchestra, the Senior Jazz Combo as well as many bands that he created for specific gigs and projects such as the incredibly successful “Event on the Lawn” student run festival which happened in March 2018 to a sold out crowd.
In 2017, he traveled to Sierra Leone, on the West African Coast, with a group of students from Wells Cathedral School to perform, teach and take part in musical outreach programs in and around Freetown; a project that “is hard to describe without sounding cliche, but was a life changing experience”.
After finishing his A-Levels, Will decided to take a gap year to work on his musical skills, gigging around England, most notably at Boomtown Festival, and to continue to develop his love for music technology - working full time at Cedars Hall in Wells as a Sound and Lighting Engineer, running sound for prestigious events such as the Wells Literature Festival and the Swing Machine Big Band. Through this work, he managed to wangle his way in to Cheltenham Jazz Festival as Stage Crew in the ‘Big Top’ stage, a Sound Engineer at Cheltenham Music Festival, and an AV Co-ordinator at 2019’s Three Choirs Festival.
Now in London, Will received a scholarship to the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study Jazz Saxophone and is being tutored by Iain Ballamy, Mark Lockheart, Gareth Lockrane and many others. Since moving to London he has formed a Whitechapel based band with Harry Toulson, Will Hobson, Toby Yapp and Anmol Mohara playing original contemporary jazz music as well as a Folk/Jazz fusion quartet with Sol Grimshaw, Toby Yapp and Immy Churchill. He has performed at the EFG London Jazz Festival, the Barbican Hall, Wiltshire Music Centre with players such as Jason Rebello, Julian Joseph, Mark Mondesir, Mark Hodgeson, and
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