Thursday, November 27, 2014

NYJO runner-up in 2014 British Jazz Awards Big Band Category

November 24, 2014 by Stephen  

NYJO is very pleased to be announced the runner-up in the Big Band category of the 2014 British Jazz Awards. Known as the Jazz Oscars, the British Jazz Awards have been presented every year since 1987. This year 53,738 votes were cast across 14 categories with the BBC Big Band winning that category. Congratulations to [...]

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NYJO & BuJazzO in Leeds & London, November 2014

November 24, 2014 by Stephen  

After a wonderful tour to Germany in September, last week saw our German friends, BuJazzO, visit the UK for the return leg of our project ‘Freedom & Friendship: A Century of Jazz’. The visit included concerts at Leeds College of Music and the EFG London Jazz Festival as well as big band workshops at the [...]

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NYJO Academy player Sam Barnett is first Trevor James ‘Young Artist’

November 13, 2014 by Stephen  

NYJO Academy player Sam Barnett becomes the very first ‘Trevor James Young Artist’. This is fantastic news for Sam who plays with both NYJO London and the NYJO Academy Big Band. Trevor James Saxophones is one of NYJO’s education partners following the donation of a range of saxophones and flutes for the NYJO Academy in [...]

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NYJO Auditions 2015

November 6, 2014 by Stephen  

NYJO is recruiting new members for 2015 The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is very pleased to announce that it is recruiting for members for 2015. For the fourth year running, NYJO is inviting young musicians under the age of 25 with experience of playing big band jazz to apply for a chair in the band. Auditions will [...]

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NYJO MD Mark Armstrong Live on BBC Radio 2

October 24, 2014 by Stephen  

Tune-in to Clare Teal’s BBC R2 show this Sunday from 9pm to hear NYJO MD Mark Armstrong live in interview about our ‘Freedom and Friendship’ project with the Bundesjazzorchester Trailing gigs in London and Leeds next month and including first airplay of both bands together!http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00m62h5

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NYJO London support their mentor Phil Meadows at Vortex performance

October 21, 2014 by Sean  

NYJO London musicians will perform at The Vortex on Sunday 26th October, opening for their Music Director and mentor Phil Meadows and his group. Phil is emerging as a leading voice amongst young jazz musicians on the UK scene and is a committed and skilled educator and enabler. Please see below for more info: Phil [...]

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NYJO launch new residency at ‘The Spice’

October 21, 2014 by Sean  

NYJO launch a new monthly residency on Thursday 23rd October at The Spice of Life in Cambridge Circus, Central London. Jazz at the venue is programmed by Paul Pace of Ronnie Scott’s and the gig will be a welcome addition to our current performance programme. Admission is £10 and the band play at 8pm

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Shane Forbes leads NYJO London Jazz Jam at Ray’s

October 7, 2014 by Sean  

This Sunday, October 11th, the NYJO London Jazz Jam returns! It’s our fourth instalment of the monthly jam session where young musicians get the opportunity to meet, listen to and play with some of the finest jazz musicians in the country. October’s event is no exception with the MOBO award winning drummer Shane Forbes bringing [...]

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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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