Formed in late 2010, The Jac started out as a rehearsal band for students and
tutors at the
NZSM jazz school in Wellington, transcribing and performing charts by New York and San
Francisco composers. Before long they began writing and performing their own music, and
Nerve is the result, a suite of intelligent, dynamic compositions for jazz octet.
Describing themselves as a ‘small big band’, The Jac is a tight eight-piece ensemble that
performs with attitude and intensity. “That's one of the cool things about the group,” says
Callum Allardice. “We sit halfway between a combo and a big band, which allows us to draw
The band tackle styles and grooves rarely associated with large ensembles.
integral to each piece, written into the work rather than separated from it, and their sound
encompasses a wide palette of colours and textures. It's uncommon for jazz ensembles to play music as highly arranged as this, but smaller size allows for more intimacy and interaction.