Dominic Ingham + ARQ – May 3rd

Dominic Ingham Quintet

‘A rare treat and should be heard live whenever possible’ – Kit Downes

Featuring Dominic Ingham performing violin and vocals, Jonny Mansfield (winner of 2018 Kenny Wheeler Prize) on vibraphone, David Swan on piano, Will Sach on bass and Boz Martin-Jones on drums, the group explore new musical spaces through an unusual line-up. Violin is something of a rarity in jazz, leaving Ingham to blaze his own trail and granting a free space for experimentation. The instrument lends a rich, enigmatic feeling to the group’s music and pairs beautifully with Ingham’s warmly-toned voice.

“I’m also happy/not so happy to be one of a very few jazz violinists currently on the scene. It’s been great so far to have fewer role models in the world of jazz violin, as it opens up more possibilities in terms of creating my own sound. However, I hope that this album will inspire and allow more string players to get involved in jazz; continuing the legacy of Jazz Violin.” – Dominic Ingham

Ingham’s music has been described as “modern day lullabies”, with original compositions inspired by his early experience of violin and the instrument’s versatility through folk and classical techniques, merged with influences from Ingham’s jazz role models, such as Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Ambrose Akinmusire and Joel Ross.

The Quintet were due to perform with us on the 1st of May, as part of a promotional tour for their brand new album, ‘Role Models’, which was scheduled to be released on the same day. The album release has now been pushed to June, but you can pre-order your copy in advance here!

As a taste of what’s to come, the band have released their first video from the debut album, a track entitled ‘Fall’:


Dominic may be recognised from his performances with Bonsai (previously known as The Jam Experiment), a band also featuring Jonny Mansfield, and led by Dominic’s brother and trombonist Rory Ingham.


The impeccable Alison Rayner Quintet have released a live recording of their last gig, luckily recorded before lockdown. The performance was to be the launch of their brand-new album ‘Short Stories’, with a tour to follow, that was of course unfortunately scrapped when the lockdown came into effect.

The live-recording is available to watch for a limited time only (released on Friday 1st, it will be up for a week). If you enjoy the video, please consider donating the price of an entry fee to the artists directly at

Get your hands on a copy of the new album (or any of their previous) direct from ARQ’s website or from Bandcamp.


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