Saturday, April 19, 2014

Emma Smith

Having already shared the stage with the likes of Dame Cleo Laine, the late Sir John Dankworth and ‘BBC Jazz vocalist of the year’ winners Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw, nineteen year old Emma Smith is well on her way to her achieving her dream of being an accomplished jazz singer. At age 14 she [...]

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Felix Higginbottom – Percussion

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

Felix played his first NYJO gig at the age of 14 under the watchful eye of Bill Ashton. Born into a musical Oxford family, Felix began his life as a chorister and cellist. However, a teenage rebellion soon shifted his gaze where he was fortunate enough to study with vibraphone legend Alan Graham and session-percussionist [...]

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Gill Burgoyne

My parents shared their love of Big Band music with my older brother and I from an early age, and I was hooked on recordings of Stan Kenton,Woody Herman and Jimmy Dorsey. Presented with the opportunity to learn the clarinet aged 9, I applied myself to the classical charts.

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Helen Wilson – Flute

May 15, 2012 by Steve  

Helen, 22, from Harrogate is ABRSM scholar for Masters study at the RNCM supported by the Countess of Munster Trust.  Helen’s career highlights include winning the RNCM Gold Medal, Concerto and BFS Perfomance Plus competitions.  In 2006 she was a BBC Young Musician woodwind finalist.  Her orchestral experience  includes the BBC Philharmonic, European Union Youth Orchestra [...]

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Henry Armburg-Jennings

March 8, 2010 by admin  

Henry Armburg Jennings started playing trumpet (and piano) at the age of 5 and fifteen years later, at the age of only 20, he is already one of the hottest talents to emerge on the British jazz scene having opened the London Jazz Festival 2008 at the Bulls Head in Barnes.

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Jack Dring

Year of birth: 1992 Although a late starter with the trumpet, in the 4 years that Jack has been playing he has quickly developed an individual sound and style sure to serve him well in his future as a professional musician. Under the tuition of Steve Waterman, he is quickly finding his feet at the [...]

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James Copus – Trumpet

May 25, 2012 by Steve  

James Copus is 17 and was born in Maidstone, Kent. With a mother as a concert pianist and father as a French horn player with the London Symphony Orchestra he started taking trumpet lessons at the age of 8. He was introduced to jazz at 14 through the Wynton Marsalis CD Hot House Flowers and [...]

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James Larter

James started playing percussion at the age of 11 at the Royal College Junior Department and has played with county ensembles such as the Northamptonshire Youth Concert Band and Zingaresque: a world music group. He also plays for National Youth Wind Ensemble and is a reserve for the National Youth Orchestra. He took part in the LSO St. Lukes Academy 2009 and was in the percussion final of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2010. He also plays drum kit, violin and piano and is currently studying for his GCSE’s.

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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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