NYJO SECTIONS

“NYJO is a well-honed ensemble of Britain’s finest young musicians, masterfully led by Mark Armstrong. Jazz is in good hands with this wonderful organization.” Bob Mintzer

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Flute Section

Jaymee
Coonjobeeharry

Flute

As a scholar of the Royal College of Music, Jaymee is in his second year studying for a Master of Performance degree, taught by Paul Edmund-Davies and Gitte Marcusson. Read More...

Horn Section

Sarah
Johnson

Horn

Sarah started playing the horn at the age of 10, alongside violin and piano. She made her debut with NYJO at the Barbican Centre in a collaborative performance with Jazz at Lincoln Centre in 2016 and has been a member since February 2017. Read More...

Reeds Section

Claire
Shaw

Baritone Saxophone

Claire is a recent First Class graduate of the Royal College of Music, graduating in June 2017. During her time at the RCM, she studied saxophone, clarinet and flute with Martin Robertson and Andy Panayi with saxophone as her principal study. Read More...

Sam
Glaser

Alto Saxophone

Sam Glaser is a jazz saxophonist and composer based in London. Read More...

Tom
Barford

Tenor Saxophone

Winner of the Kenny Wheeler Prize 2017, Tom was raised in a musical family and grew up surrounded by great music, from Frank Sinatra to Louis Armstrong. Read More...

Tom
Ridout

Tenor Saxophone

Having just finished a degree in jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, Tom is a saxophonist, recorder player and composer who can be heard playing regularly in many venues across London Read More...

Tom
Smith

Alto Saxophone

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Rhythm Section

Jack
Tustin

Bass

Jack discovered jazz at the relatively late age of 16 – at Nick Weldon’s shoe factory in Rushden (Jazz School UK). Read More...

Joe
Hill

Piano

Joe first began playing piano at the young age of 6, pursuing both jazz and classical to a high standard. Read More...

Jonathan
Mansfield

Percussion

Jonathan Mansfield is a 20 year old vibraphone/marimba/drummer/percussionist and composer based in London. He began studying at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 after being awarded the Colin Murray Scholarship. Read More...

Max
Mills

Drums

Max’s love for drums and percussion started at the age of 3, watching the Vienna Philharmonic playing at their New Year’s Concert on TV. Read More...

Nick
Fitch

Guitar

Nick Fitch is a 20-year old guitarist originally from Norwich, Norfolk. Read More...

Trombone Section

Chris
Valentine

Trombone

Chris comes from Baldock and studied for a performance degree in the trombone at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Read More...

Ed
Parr

Trombone

A recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ed now works full time as a trombonist based in London. Read More...

James
Maund

Bass Trombone

James began his music career in his home town in Wigan where he became a member of the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra (WYJO) under the Director Ian Darrington. Read More...

Maddie
Dowdeswell

Trombone

Maddie comes from Stevenage and plays both the trombone, which she started when she was 8, and the piano, which she started at the age of 6. Her first trombone teacher was Alan Hutt. Read More...

Rory
Ingham

Trombone

Rory Ingham is a 19 year old jazz trombonist, composer, and arranger based in London. Read More...

Trumpet Section

Alexandra
Ridout

Trumpet

Alexandra has been playing the trumpet since she was nine (gaining grade 8 distinction aged 13 and an LTCL diploma aged 16) A year later she also gained a place on the Junior Jazz course at The Royal Academy of Music. Read More...

George
Jefford

Trumpet

George currently studies trumpet with Paul Beniston and jazz piano with Barry Green. Read More...

Harry
Evans

Trumpet

Harry studies trumpet at the Trinity Laban Conservative of Music and Dance, where he is taught by Chris Batchelor. Read More...

Luke
Vice-Coles

Trumpet

Luke is currently an undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is studying Jazz Trumpet, and spent 3 years on the Junior Royal Academy of Music Jazz course studying with Gareth Lockrane and Simon Colam. Read More...

Tom
Syson

Trumpet

Tom Syson is a trumpeter and creative musician based in the UK. He is, ‘one of the most interesting voices in the emerging generation of improvisers’ and is ‘happy to take risks’. Read More...

Vocals Section

Ellie
Bignall

Vocals

Ellie is a London-based Jazz singer who performs a variety of styles of music. Read More...

Freddie
Benedict

Vocals

Freddie’s voice has brought him a wealth of opportunities. He’s recorded ADR for Spectre, The Tunnel and My Mad Fat Diary, acted in The Alltogether with Martin Freeman, played Danny in Grease and Sky in Guys and Dolls. Read More...

Helena
Debono

Vocals

Helena gigs regularly and teaches music/vocals.vShe is involved in many projects including Neo-Soul/Jazz Collective ‘allcaps’ and big band ‘The Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra’. Read More...

James
Hudson

Vocals

James is originally from the East Riding of Yorkshire where he attended the Northern Academy of Performing Arts and Northern Theatre Company, training in Vocals and Acting. Read More...

Luca
Manning

Vocals

Luca Manning is a Jazz vocalist and Composer from Glasgow, Scotland. Read More...

Rosina
Bullen

Vocals

Rosina is a young Jazz vocalist on the London Jazz scene. Originally from Suffolk she moved to London in 2012 and is currently in her fourth and final year on the undergraduate Jazz programme at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Read More...



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