Saturday, November 29, 2014

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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NYJO to perform at Eddie Harvey Arrangers Awards & Call for Submissions.

May 19, 2014 by Sean  

Following their participation in last year’s moving tribute to Eddie Harvey, one of the UK’s most respected jazz arrangers and educators, NYJO will appear as the ‘house’ big band at this year’s Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranger Award event at the Polish Jazz Café in Hammersmith on November 6th. The awards are intended to perpetuate the [...]

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NYJO London launch Jam Session at Ray’s Jazz

May 19, 2014 by Sean  

NYJO London are to host a monthly jam session for aspiring young players, led by a professional rhythm section, at Ray’s Jazz record and book shop in Foyle’s Charing Cross Road. The first session will take place on June 22nd from 12-3pm with subsequent monthly sessions running from 1-4pm. Long before academic institutions and the [...]

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Some words from Parliamentary Jazz Award ‘Best Newcomer’ 2014 Phil Meadows

May 16, 2014 by Stephen  

Following Tuesday night’s award ceremony at the Palace of Westminster, NYJO London MD (& former NYJO lead alto sax) Phil Meadows wrote to us with a few words about his Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Newcomer. ‘It came as such a surprise to be awarded ‘Jazz Newcomer of the Year’. I was up against two [...]

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NYJO London MD Phil Meadows wins Best Newcomer Award at Parliamentary Jazz Awards

May 14, 2014 by Stephen  

NYJO is very pleased to offer huge congratulations to NYJO London MD (and former NYJO lead alto sax) Phil Meadows who won the ‘Best Newcomer Award’ at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards on 13 May. For more information about Phil and details of his current album see: http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk www.nyjo.org.uk www.facebook.com/nyjo.jazz @NYJOuk

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