Jel Jongen was born in Heerlen (The Netherlands). At the age of 7 he started going to music school and when he was 13 years old he did his first live radioperformance for KRO radio (“zin in muziek”).
During his study at the Conservatory in Hilversum he got the chance to play in some famous Dutch Radio- and TV-Orchestras, the Metropole Orchestra, the Skymasters Big Band and VARA’s Dans Orkest. During that time he als took part in the bands of Anita Meyer, René Froger, Lee Towers and André Hazes.
After graduating he toured Europe with the world-famous Glenn Miller Revival Orchestra.
In 1993 Jel founded the Jayhorns. Together with Serge Plume, Allard Buwalda and Eelco Oudolf he started working with big national and international artists. Some of the names are Lionel Richie, Lara Fabian, Zuchero, Paul Young, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Robert Palmer.
Well-known Dutch Artists are Marco Borsato, Paul de Leeuw, Alain Clark, Jan Smit, Nick en Simon and Rob de Nijs and many others.
At this moment the Jayhorns are the first-call horn section in the Dutch music scene.
Through Jay Sound Productions the Jayhorns have participated in a large number of music-productions with the likes of Marco Borsato, Paul de Leeuw,Guus Meeuwis, Alain Clark and countless other dutch artists.
In 2001 Jel has worked as an A&R manager for recordcompany EMI. In that period he was responsible for de development of artists like André Hazes, Rob de Nijs, Twarres and Trijntje Oosterhuis.
Over time Jel has also been working as a Musical Director for Artists (Marco Borsato, Gerard Joling and Wolter Kroes) and TV-Shows like “Laat de Leeuw”, “Op zoek naar Joseph” and “Ik Hou Van Holland”. In most cases he was also involved as an arranger.
Nowadays Jel is part of the Edwin Evers Band as Trombone/Tuba player and arranger.
As Musical Director:
Marco Borsato de Edwin Evers Band
Wolter Kroes Ik Hou van Holland
Laat de Leeuw Op Zoek naar Joseph
Gerard Joling De Grootste TeleBingo ooit
Het Nationaal Songfestival Het Zilveren Harpen Gala
As A&R manager for EMI Records:
Rob de Nijs
With the Jayhorns:
Adele James Morrison
Michael Bublé Duffy
Krystl Al Jarreau
Marc Broussard Jamie Cullum
Lionel Richie Zucchero
Paul Young Luther Allison
Alain Clark Michel LeGrand
Dieter Falk The Temptations
The Four Tops UB 40
Shirley Bassey David Guetta
Nicki Minaj Afrojack