Monday, September 1, 2014

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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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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