Thursday, February 23, 2017

NYJO Receives Rave Review from Jazzwise

February 15, 2017 by  

NYJO’s recent residency at Ronnie Scott’s received a glowing review in the March issue of Jazzwise magazine. Peter Vacher praised the band for its innovative approach and varied programme, described as “crowd-pleasing in the best way”. NYJO has never been conformist, never hewing to one particular line, never known for fawning replications and very deliberately these […]

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NYJO Welcomes Royal Patron at sold-out Ronnie Scott’s Residency

February 2, 2017 by  

  The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) welcomed its Patron, HRH The Earl of Wessex, at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on Monday last week, for the first of two sold-out nights at the club. Before the performance, HRH attended the annual NYJO Chairman’s Reception to meet the band’s friends, supporters, young musicians and staff. Among […]

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NYJO Nonet returns to the Bull’s Head

January 19, 2017 by  

Combining a reputation for good food and good jazz, The Bull’s Head in Barnes welcomes back the NYJO Nonet for another Sunday dinner concert on 29 January. Consisting of current and ex-NYJO band members, and led by tenor saxophonist Tom Stone, the Nonet will be performing  jazz classics from the Broadway musicals – the perfect accompaniment for a […]

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The Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony California, 5-12 August 2017 Call for UK Participants

January 13, 2017 by  

The internationally-renowned Brubeck Institute is looking for three young (16 – 19-year-old) British jazz musicians to join its 2017 Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony in Stockton, California. This is a unique opportunity for outstanding young musicians to broaden their horizons, experience world-class jazz education, and make enduring musical friendships. As the Brubeck Institute’s UK partner, NYJO […]

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Remembering Buddy Greco

January 11, 2017 by  

Buddy Greco, jazz pianist, vocalist and Las Vegas regular who recorded more than 60 albums and had a hit with a version of The Lady Is a Tramp, has sadly passed away, aged 90. True to his name, Buddy was a great friend to NYJO, performing with the band several times, most recently at Ronnie Scott’s in […]

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NYJO returns for Ronnie Scott’s Residency

January 6, 2017 by  

NYJO returns to Ronnie Scott’s on 23 and 24 January for its annual residency, bringing two nights of magnificent big band jazz to the world’s most famous jazz club. The programmes for the two evenings will consist of classics from the big band canon, as well as brand new pieces and arrangements from current NYJO band members. The […]

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Jim Gold Interview

January 6, 2017 by  

Jim Gold is NYJO’s outgoing lead alto player and has been in the band for the last five years. As he reaches the end of his time with NYJO, we asked him to reflect on his highlights. What was your musical background before you joined NYJO? I had studied at Junior RAM as well as […]

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David Dyson Interview

December 13, 2016 by  

David Dyson has been NYJO’s drum chair holder for the past three years, providing the groove that drives the band. We asked him to reflect on his time in NYJO. What was your musical background before you joined NYJO? I was given a pair of drumsticks aged five, after watching a function band and tapping on […]

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Dave Arch – Coming Home

December 7, 2016 by  

Dave Arch, former NYJO piano chair holder and current musical director for the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing band, with prestigious album and film credits to his name, has just released a new album featuring many of his former NYJO bandmates. The new disc features Paul Stacey on guitar, Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone, Andy Greenwood on trumpet, […]

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NYJO’s Cool Yule at the Spice of Life

December 5, 2016 by  

In amongst the frosty mornings and endless Mariah Carey renditions, NYJO has announced its return to the Spice of Life on Thursday 22 December for a jazzy Christmas extravaganza. Playing big band arrangements of Christmas classics such as Winter Wonderland and Sleigh Ride, NYJO will also present jazz takes on traditional carols like God Rest […]

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