Whitechapel Band (working title)
Will Rees-Jones - Saxophone
Harry Toulson - Saxophone
Will Hobson - Piano
Toby Yapp - Bass
Anmol Mohara - Kit
WILL REES-JONES - SAXOPHONE
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 combo led by Bryn Powell.
JACK ROSS - TRUMPET
Jack Ross started playing the trumpet at the age of 8 and came through his local music centre in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. It was here he first discovered his passion for jazz, as he progressed up to the multi award winning AMC Big Band, whose alumni include current NYJO artistic and music director Mark Armstrong and 2016 BBC young jazz musician winner Alexandra Ridout.
Jack was also part of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Academy, becoming a member of the NYJO Academy Big Band, directed by the great jazz drummer and educator Sebastiaan De Krom, as well as working with former NYJO lead alto and Leeds College of Music graduate Phil Meadows and so many other top class musicians from the UK Jazz scene in the NYJO London advanced group.
In the summer of 2019, Jack was one of three colonists from the UK to study at the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in California and was also involved in the National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School. Jack is currently studying his Jazz degree at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
CODY MOSS - PIANO
Cody Moss is a London based musician/pianist currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. During his studies in London Cody has performed in various venues including Indigo at the O2, 606 Jazz club, Wembley Arena and toured across the UK and North America. Recently Cody has been composing and arranging for film and orchestral projects having left The Purcell School of Music where he achieved a scholarship to study. Cody has had the privilege to have been mentored by world class musicians such as Julian Joseph and Kit Downes and in 2019 was sponsored by the Commonwealth to visit the Caribbean on a tour inspiring up and coming musicians.
TOBY YAPP - BASS
Toby Yapp is a first year student studying Jazz Double Bass at the Royal Academy of Music. He has had the opportunity to play with, and be mentored by influential British Jazz Musicians through the Junior Jazz course at the Academy along with the National Youth Jazz Collective summer course with artists including; Orphy Robinson, Liam Noble, Rowland Sutherland, Chris Montague and Cleveland Watckins..
HARRY MERCER - GUITAR
Harry started playing guitar at 12 years old, falling in love with his parent's Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix records. After getting into jazz at 16, he has been able to develop under notable education outlets such as the NYJO academy, NYJC, Tomorrow's Warriors, and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy. Pianist Julian Joseph has played a particularly significant role in Harry's mentorship, and describes him as playing with "a confidence and knowing that convinces me he has a great future in the music". In 2019, Harry was selected as one of only three UK participants to attend the prestigious Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in California, and in September began studying a jazz degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
JOSH DAVIS - KIT
Josh Davis is an 18 year old drummer from South London. He studied at the Purcell School for 5 years, and currently studies at the Guildhall, where he is in his first year of the undergraduate course. Josh has played at various events in London, and around the world. Some notable recent international events are him playing at the World Forum Centre, in The Netherlands, playing at the "Iridium" jazz club in New York, USA, and recording for session musicians in Los Angeles. He also plays regularly at the "Hideaway" Jazz club, in Streatham, South London and "Ronnie Scotts" jazz club, in Central London