About

 
 

About

Jamé is a multi-faceted musician with extensive training in jazz and classical guitar. With a rich baritone voice and mesmerising interpretation of popular music, his loop performances bring vibrance and a wow-factor to any function and venue. 

His explosive performances are delivered through a genre-bending setlist with vocals, acoustic guitar and creative looping.

Suited for intimate settings such as weddings to large-scale public events, Jamé’s engaging shows have been booked by clients that include Formula 1, Australian Open, Commonwealth Bank, St Kilda Festival, Hyundai, Melbourne City Football Club, Moonee Valley Racecourse and Ericsson. See list below for other clients.

Also available for private events, functions and teaching lessons.

Background

Growing up in the scintillatingly rich music scene of the 90s in Cape Town, South Africa, Jamé used to fall asleep in a carry cot next to the late-night jazz rhythms of his dad’s kick drum before he could even walk.

Between hearing his grandmother’s rapturous ragtime on her old piano as a toddler, and being musically corrupted by South African jazz giant George Werner as a young teenager, Jamé’s personal experience of music has shaped the foundation of his sound.

Now as an Australian, he brings together a fusion of his rich musical background and unique renditions for your entertainment. 

Musical History

2009 - Present
Performer | jameforbes.com

2002 - 2004
Victoria University: Bachelor of Music

With Johnathan Zion, Stephen Magnusson, Robert Bell

2001
Box Hill Tafe: Certificate IV Music
With Tomasz Spiewak, Mario Lattuada

2000
Victorian College of the Arts: Foundation Year (Improvisation Stream)
With Andy Sugg, Andrea Keller, Simon Patterson

Trinity College London Music (ABRSM)
• Grade 8 Classical Guitar
• Grade 8 Music Theory
• Grade 5 Piano

1998 - 2008 (Cape Town, South Africa)

• Founding Member | Little Giants
• Performer
| Artscape Youth Jazz Band
• Guitar Teacher | Auburn House Montessori
• Guitar Teacher | St Cyprians Girls College
• Music Application Presenter | Apple Centre

Other clients include (in alphabetical order):

Auburn Hotel | Hawthorn
Barkly Hotel | St Kilda
Belgian Beer Cafe | South Bank
Market Tavern | South Melbourne
East Brunswick Hotel | East Brunswick
Elephant & Wheelbarrow | St Kilda
Exchange Hotel | Port Melbourne
Golden Gate Hotel | South Melbourne
Grosvenor Hotel | St Kilda East
Half Moon | Brighton
Iddy Biddy | St Kilda
La Di Da | Melbourne
Le Cinque Terre | Brighton
Left Bank | Southbank
Limerick Arms | South Melbourne
Market Hotel | South Melbourne
Mavis Browns | St Kilda
Merrywell | Crown
Middle Park Hotel | Middle Park
Moonie Valley Race Course | Moonee Valley
Mountain View | Ringwood
Mr Mason | Melbourne
Plus Five | South Wharf
Portsea Pub | Portsea
Prahran Hotel | Prahran
Prince Alfred | Port Melbourne
Republica | St Kilda
Revolver | South Yarra
Riva | St Kilda
Smokey Jake’s Neighbourhood BBQ | Ormond
Soho | Southbank
The Bridge Hotel | Richmond
The Common Man | South Wharf
The Emerson | South Yarra
The George | South Melbourne
The Imperial | South Yarra
The Vineyard | St Kilda
The Water Rat Hotel | South Melbourne
The Wharf Hotel | South Wharf
Transit Rooftop Bar | Federation Square
Transport Hotel | Federation Square
Tyranny Of Distance | Windsor
Velocé | South Yarra
Veludo’s | St Kilda
Watermark | Docklands
West Beach Bathers Pavilion | St Kilda
World Bar | Southbank

… and he was always a better painter than a musician!