BIOGRAPHY : Jack started playing at the age of 10 and grew up in South Wales where there wasn't much to do; except practice and work on the family farm.
He began having drum lessons at the age of 11 and had an amazing teacher who is still his biggest inspiration. Peter James was a professional player in the late 50s / early 60s and really sparked Jack’s enthusiasm for early rock 'n' roll and jazz.
From there, Jack attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Conservatoire for two years before moving to study at Leeds College of Music. Jack studied Popular Music in Leeds and travelled to Salford fortnightly for lessons with the legendary Dave Hassell. During this time Jack was also principle drummer for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Wales and in 2013, he graduated with a 1st class Honours Degree.
While at Uni, Jack backed Olly Murs, Clare Teal, Gregory Porter and Pee Wee Elis (James Brown's Saxophonist) at a concert in Leeds Town Hall which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.
Since graduating, Jas has been working as a freelance musician mostly playing pre 60s music; rock 'n' roll, swing, jump jive and early jazz. He also spends time transcribing old tunes from some of my favourite players (Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Papa Jo Jones, Buddy Rich, Chick Webb) which has helped him develop stylistically into the player he is today.
The washboard came along in 2013 after he was asked if he'd learn to play one for a gig. Jack bought one, figured out how to play it and it's been in regular use ever since.
In 2014, Jack started having tap dancing lessons. This was always something that he wanted to do, but there weren't any teachers near to his home in South Wales! Many of his favourite drummers, and in fact general entertainers from the 1920s - 50s, were able to tap dance so it had always been an ambition of his.