Thursday, July 24, 2014

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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NYJO past & present become Yamaha Jazz Scholars 2014-2015

July 18, 2014 by Stephen  

Last night saw the Yamaha Jazz Scholars 2014-2015 launch event , hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group at the House of Commons and in partnership with PPL. Seven scholars were announced who study at British conservatoires or universities and are nominated by their Heads of Jazz. NYJO is pleased for all the [...]

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The View from the Pew: Will Todd’s Mass in Blue & Ellington’s Sacred Concert

July 14, 2014 by Stephen  

NYJO trustee Ted Rockley gives ‘The View from the Pew’ at a recent NYJO concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square On Tuesday 8 July NYJO teamed up with The London Chorus, Pete Churchill, Julia Forbes L’Estrange and tap-dancer, Junior Laniyan, for an extraordinary concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square London. Presenting Will Todd’s Mass in [...]

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NYJO awarded Arts Council England ‘National Portfolio Organisation’ Funding

July 3, 2014 by Stephen  

Following Tuesday’s news the full press release is below: The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is hugely delighted to announce it will become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation for 2015-18, receiving £125,000 a year in investment from the Arts Council over this period. This significant award reflects NYJO’s ambitious plans to give more [...]

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NYJO joins Arts Council England’s National Portfolio

July 1, 2014 by Stephen  

NYJO is hugely delighted to announce it will become part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for 2015-18, receiving £125,000 a year in investment from the Arts Council over this period. This significant award reflects NYJO’s ambitious plans to give more great performances, to more areas of the country – always engaging with children and [...]

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John Cumming, Director of Serious, awarded OBE

June 20, 2014 by Stephen  

NYJO was delighted to hear that our good friend John Cumming, Director of jazz producers Serious, was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list. The award was made for ‘services to jazz’ and recognises John’s outstanding work promoting jazz over many years. John and NYJO have a long relationship with many collaborations including [...]

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NYJO plays Mass In Blue and the Sacred Music of Duke Ellington

June 6, 2014 by Sean  

One of the highlights of NYJO’s performance programme over the summer will be their July 8th concert at St Martins In the Fields where they will play selections from Duke Ellington’s ‘Sacred Concerts’ and ‘Mass In Blue’ by composer and pianist Will Todd. The concert will feature a smaller than usual NYJO band, under direction [...]

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NYJO Academy Jazz Ensemble swing at the Vauxhall Fete

June 3, 2014 by Sean  

The NYJO Academy Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Gemma Buckenham, will take the stage on June the 22nd at The Vauxhall Fete. On the same day as NYJO London kick off their monthly jam session at Ray’s Jazz in Charing Cross Road, it seems that swinging is definitely on the Sunday menu! If your [...]

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Ex-NYJO altoist charts in US and plays Pizza Express Dean St

May 22, 2014 by Sean  

To his surprise, ex-NYJO lead alto saxophonist Ed Barker’s debut album has charted in the U.S. This week, Ed’s hit single When You Smile, was played 1499 times around the US on 45 stations and reached number 15 on the AC Main Top40 Chart. The song, featuring the BBC Strictly Come Dancing singer, Lance Ellington, [...]

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NYJO and BBC Young Musician Jazz Award

May 21, 2014 by Stephen  

On Friday 23 May the BBC screened a programme of the very first BBC Young Musician Jazz Award. Hosted by our good friend Soweto Kinch, the programme showcased the hugely talented young jazzers who made it to the final round, held in March this year in Cardiff. The programme included some footgage of NYJO’s recent [...]

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