Wednesday, June 29, 2016

RIP Ken Gibson

August 3, 2015 by Jon  

NYJO was saddened to hear of the death of former NYJO composer and associate Ken Gibson in July. In his memory, NYJO included Ken’s flugel feature The Perfumed Garden at its recent Spice of Life gig. It’s especially poignant in NYJO’s 50th anniversary year as Ken was a hugely important influence in NYJO’s early days. [...]

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NYJO Nonet central London performance – 17 September

July 21, 2015 by Jon  

In a rare opportunity for a jazz ensemble, the NYJO Nonet has been invited to perform in the chamber concerts series run by arts philanthropist Sir Vernon Ellis at his home in Kensington. This will be a wonderful chance for jazz fans to come and listen to high-quality jazz in the superb drawing room of [...]

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NYJO London performs at ‘A Concert for Alice’

July 17, 2015 by Jon  

On Tuesday 21 July a septet from NYJO London will perform at a unique charity gala evening of live performance in memory of young musician Alice Gross and in aid of Alice’s Youth Music Memorial Fund. NYJO London members under MD Phil Meadows will join award-winning singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, Britain’s Got Talent stars Escala, X-Factor [...]

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NYJO MD Mark Armstrong on Clare Teal’s BBC Radio 2 show on Sunday night

July 9, 2015 by Jon  

Check out Clare Teal’s BBC Radio 2 show on Sunday night (12th July) at 9pm as she interviews NYJO MD Mark Armstrong. Mark and Clare will be discussing all things NYJO including our forthcoming album release and NYJO‘s 50th anniversary this year. You can listen to the show live or on catch-up here Next NYJO and [...]

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NYJO July Gigs

June 30, 2015 by Jon  

Last week was an extremely busy one for NYJO with concerts in Stevenage, Bradfield, Barking and Cumbria.  In addition to performing on the night NYJO MD Mark Armstrong and NYJO members delivered education work with local children and young people – and in Cumbria helped spark aspirations for a new county jazz orchestra! July sees [...]

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Stop press – Award winner at the London Music Awards 2015!!

June 12, 2015 by Jon  

NYJO London stormed the show as they opened the proceedings last night (June 11th) at the London Music Awards 2015. Not only did they give a dazzling performance under the direction of Phil Meadows but Phil, former lead alto of NYJO and now NYJO London Music Director, was the popular winner in the Jazz Rising Star [...]

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NYJO Records 50th Anniversary Album

May 20, 2015 by Jon  

In late May NYJO was at the iconic Air Studios, recording a celebratory 50th Anniversary double-album to be released this autumn. NYJO Music & Artistic Director Mark Armstrong had chosen a fantastic set of charts, including big band classics, items from NYJO‘s history and brand new works, for the album. He also invited special guests to [...]

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NYJO @ The Spice of Life, Soho

May 8, 2015 by Jon  

In our next gig as part of our regular residency at the iconic Spice of Life, Soho, NYJO will be warming-up for our next album recording with a variety of arrangements old and new, from the modernistic swing of Dizzy Gillespie, the “New Testament” Basie Band to Thad Jones and Rob McConnell. Doors open: 6pm, [...]

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Trevor James Black Alto Flute Competition Winner

April 30, 2015 by Jon  

We’re delighted to confirm that the winner of the NYJO-Trevor James Flutes competition to win the black alto flute is 16 year-old saxophonist and flautist Sam Norris! His ‪#flutefanatics winning entry of Sam and his trio playing ‘C Jam Blues’ is below. We wish him all the best with his aspirations to a life as a professional [...]

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Win a Trevor James Black Alto Flute – competition and terms & conditions

April 10, 2015 by Jon  

WIN a TREVOR JAMES BLACK ALTO FLUTE!! To celebrate one year of NYJO’s educational partnership with Trevor James Flutes we’re giving away this beautiful Trevor James black alto flute (RRP £1500) as shown here by NY-based jazz flautist Sarpay Ozcagatay! This will go to someone with creative flair and imagination who can demonstrate how fanatical they [...]

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