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Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet is an eleven piece band playing “intricate but groove laden originals that appealed across generations” and was formed in September 2015. They have performed around the UK and have been played on BBC Radio 3 and WBGO (New York jazz station). In September 2017, Elftet recorded at Real World Studios with vibraphone virtuoso Jim Hart producing, Alex Bonney engineering and mixing as well as exciting guests Gareth Lockrane, Kit Downes and tenor legend Chris Potter.

Photo by Dave Stapleton

The line up features the most exciting UK based musicians who hold a vast array of awards (Rising Star British Jazz Award, BBC Young Musician Finalist, Peter Whittingham Award and Kenny Wheeler Prize). Their debut album will be released in Spring 2019 on Edition Records. In October 2018, Jonny was commissioned by Marsden Jazz Festival to write a suite setting five Simon Armitage poems. The premiere was broadcasted on BBC 3’s Jazz Now. Elftet has played at many of the leading UK venues and festivals including Pizza Express (Soho), Love Supreme Festival as well as a 14 date UK tour kindly supported by the Arts Council.

Elftet album will be released on Edition Records on 21st June 2019.


Ella Hohnen Ford – Vocals & Flute
James Davison – Trumpet & Flugel
Tom Smith – Alto, Tenor Sax & Flute
George Millard – Tenor Sax & Bass Clarinet
Rory Ingham – Trombone
Dom Ingham – Violin & Vocals
Laura Armstrong – Cello
Oliver Mason – Guitar
Jonny Mansfield – Vibraphone & Composition
Will Harris – Bass
Boz Martin-Jones – Drums


‘Really beautiful music’ – Jorge Rossy
‘A musical vision beyond his years’. – Evan Parker
‘As a professional musician, I appreciate the high level of craft exhibited by Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet. But more importantly, as a human being I bask in the beautiful feeling this music gives me. I will return to it again and again. Thank you, Jonny & Co.!’ – Joe Locke

‘An exciting prospect’ – Helen Mayhew – Jazz FM
‘Strikingly original music’ – Alyn Shipton – BBC Jazz Now, Jazzwise


Bristol Jazz Festival – 24th March
Kings Place – Album Launch – 13th June



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