Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NYJO in Germany – tour diary

September 19, 2014 by Stephen  

NYJO’s Tour to Germany, 8-14 September 2014 Last week NYJO visited Germany for a special collaboration with our German equivalent BuJazzO. Here NYJO Artistic & Music Director Mark Armstrong shares his thoughts on the tour. The “home leg” includes concerts in Leeds and London on 17 & 19 November. Details below. 8th September The midnight [...]

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NYJO inspires Welsh school children at Black Mountain Jazz Festival

September 17, 2014 by Stephen  

NYJO’s Learning & Participation Manager, Beci Jamieson, visited Abergavenny last month to see the NYJO team in action delivering education work with Welsh school children as part of the Black Mountain Jazz Festival. Beci writes about the three days: “It was great to accompany Pete Letanka, one of our NYJO Education Faculty, for three days [...]

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NYJO Nonet at the 606 Club

September 17, 2014 by Stephen  

On Thursday 18th September the NYJO Nonet will be appearing at London’s 606 Club in a special night curated by NYJO’s Honorary Vice President Sebastian Coe. NYJO Nonet MD Tom Stone and Seb have given a great interview to the club which you can read here along with info on bookings. As Seb says, Jazz [...]

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NYJO & BuJazzO: Freedom & Friendship – A 100 Years of Jazz

September 8, 2014 by Stephen  

Yesterday NYJO hit the road to head to Germany for the first leg of a unique project with our German counterparts the Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra of Germany (BuJazzO). This will see 50 of the most talented young jazz musicians in Europe coming together to celebrate 100 years of jazz history, also marking the centenary [...]

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NYJO Nonet at the 606

September 4, 2014 by Sean  

Aficionados affectionately refer to it as ‘the 6’. Music students undergo the initiation of going to hear their tutors burn there, and then trek home bleary eyed on the night bus. Rock stars like hanging their pictures on the wall. Diners love the chocolate pud and everyone digs the mural. The 606 Club in Chelsea [...]

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NYJO alumni at the BBC Proms

August 19, 2014 by Stephen  

Two years on from NYJO’s storming performance at the BBC Proms, this season’s series of concerts included a plethora of ex-NYJO members. The Prom on 8 August looked back to the swing era of the 1930s and 1940s with James Pearson and Grant Windsor recreating the two great bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. [...]

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Simon Purcell leads this month’s Jazz Jam at Ray’s Jazz

July 29, 2014 by Sean  

Following on from the recent launch of NYJO London’s monthly jazz jam at Ray’s Jazz in Charing Cross Road, we look forward to another energy-infused session on the 3rd August. Each session is directed by award winning young saxophonist/composer and NYJO London MD Phil Meadows, and features a professional rhythm section comprised of established and [...]

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No Academy BIG BAND rehearsals until 13th September

July 29, 2014 by Sean  

Whilst all other NYJO Academy ensembles will continue to rehearse up to and including 16th August, there will be no further Academy Big Band rehearsals until the beginning of the new term on 13th September.

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“Jazz is not just for us older swingers” says NYJO’s Vice President Seb Coe

July 28, 2014 by Stephen  

In an article for yesterday’s Daily Telegraph Olympic track hero, London 2012 supremo, jazz lover and (most importantly!) NYJO’s Honorary Vice President Seb Coe explains why “jazz is not just for us older swingers” and why many of today’s most creative musicians are veering towards jazz. With a little note on recent NYJO success too… [...]

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Falmouth Yamaha Jazz Summer School 2014

July 18, 2014 by Stephen  

As many of you will know, NYJO has been increasingly developing partnerships throughout the country. As part of this, we’ve been talking to the good folks at Falmouth University who run the Falmouth Yamaha Jazz Summer School. This offers a fantastic opportunity to learn from top jazz musicians, play and share with like-minded people, and [...]

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