Sunday, October 4, 2015

RIP Phil Woods

October 2, 2015 by Stephen  

NYJO is sad to hear of the passing of the great and legendary Phil Woods, altoist supreme. Phil Woods took a NYJO summer school as Guest Tutor way back in 1968 and has been involved with NYJO on and off over the years. The last was in 2003 at Camden’s Jazz Cafe and the following [...]

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NYJO at 50: announcing the NYJO Video Archive

September 21, 2015 by Stephen  

Announcing the NYJO Video Archive. As part of the celebrations of 50 years of NYJO our entire video archive will become available to view over autumn 2015. We will be posting images and links, so if you have ever been in NYJO or know someone who has, spread the word, you or they may well [...]

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New album release from NYJO alumnus Kwabs

September 18, 2015 by Stephen  

Former NYJO singer Kwabs has just released his debut album ‘Love + War’ which is already getting fantastic press. We’re hugely delighted for Kwabs and wish him well for his autumn tour. You can read pieces from the Guardian here and BBC here with great mentions of his time in NYJO.

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NYJO represents UK arts at House of Commons

September 15, 2015 by Stephen  

On Monday 14 September NYJO was one of only two performing organisations chosen to represent the wealth of talent in UK arts at a special event for new and returning MPs at the House of Commons. Organised by Arts Council England, this was an opportunity to build relationships with members of parliament and to help [...]

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NYJO Academy Big Band Auditions

August 4, 2015 by Nyjo  

The NYJO Academy is very pleased to announce that it is relaunching the NYJO Academy Big Band in September 2015 and is holding auditions to recruit new members. The band, led by drummer Sebastiaan De Krom, is the NYJO Academy’s flagship ensemble and its role is to equip talented young musicians with a solid foundation in the [...]

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RIP Ken Gibson

August 3, 2015 by Stephen  

NYJO was saddened to hear of the death of former NYJO composer and associate Ken Gibson in July. In his memory, NYJO included Ken’s flugel feature The Perfumed Garden at its recent Spice of Life gig. It’s especially poignant in NYJO’s 50th anniversary year as Ken was a hugely important influence in NYJO’s early days. [...]

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NYJO Nonet central London performance – 17 September

July 21, 2015 by Stephen  

In a rare opportunity for a jazz ensemble, the NYJO Nonet has been invited to perform in the chamber concerts series run by arts philanthropist Sir Vernon Ellis at his home in Kensington. This will be a wonderful chance for jazz fans to come and listen to high-quality jazz in the superb drawing room of [...]

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NYJO London performs at ‘A Concert for Alice’

July 17, 2015 by Stephen  

On Tuesday 21 July a septet from NYJO London will perform at a unique charity gala evening of live performance in memory of young musician Alice Gross and in aid of Alice’s Youth Music Memorial Fund. NYJO London members under MD Phil Meadows will join award-winning singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, Britain’s Got Talent stars Escala, X-Factor [...]

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NYJO MD Mark Armstrong on Clare Teal’s BBC Radio 2 show on Sunday night

July 9, 2015 by Stephen  

Check out Clare Teal’s BBC Radio 2 show on Sunday night (12th July) at 9pm as she interviews NYJO MD Mark Armstrong. Mark and Clare will be discussing all things NYJO including our forthcoming album release and NYJO‘s 50th anniversary this year. You can listen to the show live or on catch-up here Next NYJO and [...]

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NYJO July Gigs

June 30, 2015 by Stephen  

Last week was an extremely busy one for NYJO with concerts in Stevenage, Bradfield, Barking and Cumbria.  In addition to performing on the night NYJO MD Mark Armstrong and NYJO members delivered education work with local children and young people – and in Cumbria helped spark aspirations for a new county jazz orchestra! July sees [...]

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