Friday, October 31, 2014

Jim Gold – Alto Saxophone

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

Jim Gold is currently studying PPE at University College, Oxford. In addition to NYJO, Jim is working with alumnus Callum Au’s Big Band as well as organ quintet Organism, which also features current NYJO band members Rob Luft and Chris Eldred. In the latter group he has performed alongside Nigel Hitchcock and Gareth Lockrane. Jim [...]

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Jon Stokes

I began playing the trombone at the age of 11 and became fascinated by big bands. I was subjected to old tapes of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey and whenever Syd lawrence or the BBC Big Band were on at the Cheltenham town hall you would be sure to see me there in the front row. Despite the slightly odd taste in music for a teenager I managed to get through school unscathed and moved to London where I had dreams of becoming the next Principle Trombone of the LSO.

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Keiran McLeod

Trombone player from Aberdeen, Scotland who began at NYJO after beginning college.

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Kwabena Adjepong

Kwabena is the male vocalist with NYJO

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Laura Jurd

Laura loves playing, listening to, writing and creating music. Influenced by a huge range of music including jazz, classical and folk etc. A strong interest in contemporary classical music and improvisation, influences include; Igor Stravinsky, Miles Davis, Alban Berg, Enrico Rava, Olivier Messiaen, Michael Tippett to name a few. Currently studying jazz and composition at Trinity College of Music.

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Lauren Derwent

Lauren is a prolific song writer, vocalist, pianist and percussionist.

Lauren held the vocal and percussion chair with NYJO from 2003-2005, and in 2009 she signed an exclusive song writer’s agreement with Toolroom Publishing. Her compositions are catchy and thought provoking, and her lyrics address character development, morals, and raise social issues.

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Laurence Ungless

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Louis Dowdeswell – Trumpet

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

Louis Dowdeswell is 18 years old and currently the lead trumpet player in NYJO. He was born in Stevenage and grew up in the West Country gaining a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School in 2005. In 2010 he moved to the Purcell School for sixth form in Watford. Louis has been offered a scholarship to the [...]

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Lucas Dodd

Lucas started coming to NYJO at 13 and was gigging with the band within a year. He was the lead alto chair and has become a regular with the Laurence Cottle Big Band, the Gareth Lockrane Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. He is also proud to have worked with musicians such as Nigel [...]

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Mark Armstrong

August 3, 2012 by admin  

Mark Armstrong was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and studied at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.

Re-appointed as the Artistic and Music Director for NYJO in 2012, Mark had taken the rehearsals and written for the band for many years – before that Mark was a member of the NYJO’s trumpet section. He believes that he is the second longest serving NYJO1 person after Bill Ashton – and may well be right…

As a composer and arranger he has written extensively for big band and is a former winner of the BBC Big Band Competition arranging prize. Additionally, he composes and arranges for a variety of forces from small jazz ensemble to full orchestra and many of his works have been recorded by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

As a performer, he was nominated in the best trumpet category of the 2007 Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards and he performs regularly with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and in small groups with Stan Tracey, Clark Tracey and many others in the UK and further afield. He also has a busy career as a freelance player in London.

Mark Armstrong is Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and works as a moderator, trainer and examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

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