Jamie started playing classical piano at age 6. Such a rigid musical environment
quickly frustrated him and he started experimenting with improvising and
composing his own music. He played a concert of his own piano compositions in
school aged 11, and found that challenging himself not to rely on someone else
to write the music for him was exciting and satisfying.
Improvising is a key element of Jamie’s 'musical conception'. Knowing exactly
what you’re going to play when you go on stage or hit the recording studio is, for
him, uninticing. Nothing can compare with the exhilaration of making music up
on the spot.
Over the years Jamie has played in a variety of ensembles, from rock bands and
jazz and funk ensembles to brass bands and an orchestra or two