Yam Yam emerged in 2015 playing a vibrant, cross-pollinated blend of jazz, jam, funk, and soul. The group earned wider recognition in 2018 with the release of their eponymous debut album. Yam Yam features keyboardist Mike Dempsey, guitarist Tom Fuller and drummer Tyler Fuller, bassist Xander Moppin, and saxophonist Jason Mescia. The members all met while playing in various bands in the Harrisburg music scene and bonded over a shared love of classic funk, jam, and soul music. Some of the bands favorite artists are Vulfpeck, Snarky Puppy, Hermeto Pascoal, Phish, and Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals to name a few.
The band released its debut, self-titled album in late 2018 and upon its release, it charted on Billboard Jazz Albums section at No. 17. The band has opened for Lotus, Dopapod, and Keller Williams among others and has been featured in NepaScene, LiveForLiveMusic, and TheBurg.
The band is scheduled to release its second studio album in mid-2021.