The Jac is 8-piece ensemble featuring some of New Zealand's foremost musicians from the jazz, classical and metal scenes. Drawing heavily on all of these genres and more, they perform cinematic, suite-like compositions. Sitting somewhere between a small combo and a full big band, the four horn, four rhythm instrumentation of The JAC is highly flexible, capable of both explosive power and also quiet intimacy.
Described as being "on a par with any global contemporary jazz bands (The JAC) is an exquisite slice of NZ jazz and one that deserves to be heard", the band also features musicians bringing influences and expertise from outside the jazz spectrum. Notable among these are Matthew Allison, associate principal trombonist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Shaun Anderson, drummer for prominent metal bands Saving Grace and Depths. Completing the line-up are Alexis French, ex Black Seeds and leader of the Richter City Rebels, on trumpet; Nick Tipping, bass; Chris Buckland, tenor saxophone ( Hails from Palmerston North); Daniel Millward on piano; Callum Allardice on guitar and saxophonist Jake Baxendale the other chief composer for the band. This is a band that commands your attention, with catchy melodies, rich harmonies, and driving grooves. The tunes are designed to take you on a journey; composed arrangements seamlessly weaving from the organised to the improvised and back again.