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NYJO 50 Years 1976 -1985

October 8, 2015 by  

With four foriegn tours and four LPs under its belt NYJO goes into its second decade, well established as a fine youth jazz orchestra .

The next ten years are even more hectic. Tours to Scotland, Russia, Australia and Turkey, and no less than nine LPs, two of them doubles.

Click on any picture to enlarge (all the sleeve notes are readable) Click the red links for the videos

The archive for the first decade overspilled onto 1976. This was the USA Bicentennial Year so we’ll continue into the second decade with some shots of Bill receiving something important presumably from a grateful representative of the USA! Mark Hutchings-baritone on lap seems unimpressed.

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Great bandshot,actually taken from another venue, Maurice Cambridge and Phil Todd, unknown and Mark Hutchings visible on saxes, Guy Barker is in the trumpets and Graham Ward on drums.

On returning to the UK NYJO records for RCA, In CAMRA.

An unsual horse for a Youth organisation to hitch its wagon (or should that be dray) to but the sleeve notes explain all, and its all eminently sensible!

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1977 dawns and NYJO is soon on tour again, this time to Scotland.
Before they do they appear on the popular ITV Childrens TV programme Magpie!

NYJO 1977 on ITV ‘Magpie’

This off air VHS recording is a bit jittery at the start but it settles down after a bit.
And then its off to north of the border.
North with NYJO.

This documentary made by BBC Scotland is a fascinating look at the band on the road.
Narrated by Derek Jewell
NYJO 1977 ‘North With NYJO’

And not only did the tour yield the documentary, but also the TV programme
‘Encore NYJO’

NYJO 1977 ‘ENCORE NYJO’
This is the concert that featured in BBC
Scotland’s documentary ‘North with NYJO


NYJO in 1977 with ‘NYJO’s World of Music ‘
marking a return to BBC 2 Hosted by George
Chisholm.

This is an amazing lineup! Joining George Chisolm on Trombone are Guy Barker-Flugel, Dave Bishop-Tenor and Chris Hunter- alto.

The whole band are named in the end credits (which is unusual these days) and are;

Trumpets; Guy Barker, Dave Plews, Tony Hepworth, Chris Smith, Simon Taylor, Trombones; Rick Taylor, Pete Beachill, Vincent Sullivan, Martin Koch, Bob Hughes, Saxes; Chris Hunter, Chris White, Dave Bishop, Phil Todd, Dave Read, Horn; Julie Lord, Flutes; Carole Kenyon, Jane Bebbington, Kate Cuzner, Piano; Mike Hatchard, Bass Guitar; Phil Cranham, Rhythm Guitar; Bob Cranham, Drums; Graham Ward, Percussion; Ian Green, Charlie Spiteri.

And waistcoats are all the rage!

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Then with their bags scarcely unpacked they’re off again…to Russia!

which results in this superb double LP,

And later in 1977  its Gong Time, Bill is awarded the MBE and it makes the 6 o clock news!

Bill’s MBE 1977 on the News!

So its only fitting that the following year NYJO appears in front of the Queen Mother at the Royal Variety Show

NYJO 1978 at ‘The Royal Variety Performance’.

NYJO open the second half of the show

NYJO 1978 on Daytime ITV’s ‘Good Afternoon’

This video of ‘Good Afternoon’ is a little shakey at the start but stick with it.

1979 NYJO performs in Belfast with legendary American trumpet player Joe Newman.

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1979 is a very important year because its the year King Henry VIII great galleon The Mary Rose was discovered on the bottom of the Solent. This was a huge news story at the time and as the sleeve notes explain, the original Mary Rose track became Radio One Record of the Week, and royalties from it went to the Mary Rose Appeal Fund. So the subsequent recovery of the ship a few years later, was thanks partly to NYJO!

In fact,  this NYJO 50th Anniversary is also the anniversary of the successful raising of the ship in 1982.

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Publicity shot of Kim Lesley, featured on the Mary Rose Album.

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Now that daytime TV had been cracked NYJO in various small group combos makes the first of many appearances on BBC Pebble Mill at One show.


NYJO 1980 at BBC Pebble Mill ‘Gynaecology’

NYJO 1980 at Pebble Mill with Kim Lesley ‘Leaving Here’

A fitting tune for Kim to sing as NYJO were literally just about to leave the UK again starting the 1980s with a tour of Australia

NYJO about to tour Australia

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There seems precious little archive documents about the Australia trip, given the eventful nature of it as described in the sleeve notes but for these few photos!

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As if 1980 wasn’t eventful enough NYJO released The Sherwood Forest Suite.
The first of several suites that would be written by Paul Hart, who first played with the band in the early 1970s on bass. The suite was written in 1977

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1981 and NYJO combos are back in Birmingham on Pebble Mill for several appearances.
NYJO 1981 at BBC Pebble Mill
‘Paying My Tax!’

NYJO 1981 at BBC Pebble Mill 2
‘Bishops Move’

And again here with Shorty Rogers

NYJO 1981 At BBC Pebble Mill with Shorty
Rogers play ‘Boar  Jibu’

NYJO 1981 at BBCPebble Mill with Shorty
Rogers play ‘Sweetheart of Sigmund Freud’

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1981 NYJO were invited by the British Council to tour Turkey!

This was the first ever documentary commissioned and aired on the newly inaugurated Channel 4

NYJO 1981 ‘Playing Turkey’ (original version)

NYJO 1981 ‘Playing Turkey’ (Short version) and it was still being aired 4 years later!

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The trailer shows the band ‘enjoying’ the touring life on the coach to a piece the voice over says they call, ‘The Road’  But which actually is Ken Gibson’s ‘The Perfumed Garden’

NYJO 1981 In the early days of Channel 4 this
trailer could often be seen during Teletext
transmissions



Once back in the UK some of the performances were made into the LP Playing Turkey!

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1982 The ‘NYJO at  The Cornwall Coliseum’ Concert was made into 4 TV programmes for broadcast.
NYJO 1982 At the Cornwall
Coliseum. Programme 1

NYJO 1982 At the Cornwall
Coliseum. Programme 2

NYJO 1982 At the Cornwall
Coliseum.Programme 3

NYJO 1982 At the Cornwall
Coliseum.Programme 4

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And also in 1982  NYJO make appearances on ITV’s Wood & Walters.

NYJO 1982 on ITV ‘Wood & Walters’ TV Show

NYJO 1982 on ITV ‘Wood & Walters’ TV Show with Julie Walters as the Singer!

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Another trip to BBC TV’s Pebble Mill for a NYJO Combo and Litsa and Nick Gallant for a couple of songs.

NYJO 1982 BBC Pebble Mill 1  ‘A Lady Can Tell’

NYJO 1982 BBC Pebble Mill 2  ‘Accident Prone’

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And to promote yet another LP this time the first of the Vocal Albums
NYJO 1982 with Litsa Davis on
Daytime TV


‘Why Don’t They Write Songs Like This Anymore?’

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Publicity shot for Litsa Davies

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Back to Birmingham for more Pebble Mill at One on BBC this time joined by west coast trumpeter/composer Shorty Rogers


NYJO 1983 with Shorty Rogers
at BBC Pebble Mill play ‘Infinity Promenade’

NYJO 1983 with Shorty Rogers
at BBC Pebble Mill play ‘Aurex 83’

NYJO will go on to play the Cork Festival with Shorty shortly after.

NYJO team up with west-coast Trumpeter Shorty Rogers.

This major set sees Shorty in fine form ably supported by NYJO

NYJO 1983 Cork Jazz Shorty
Rogers


Curiously the slate and even the end title caption says 1982 but this was the 1983 Festival!

At some point before 1983 NYJO rehearsal sessions move from the Cockpit to The City Lit.


BBC TV Saturday Superstore’s Maggie Philbin pays NYJO a visit and discovers a young lad playing sax


NYJO 1983 BBC ‘Saturday
Swap Shop’



Back in the studio that young
lad starts to fulfil his destiny!

Could this be Nigel’s first session?

This is so prescient yet bizarre it’s spooky!
Nigel Hitchcock is now the premiere session and Jazz saxophonist
in the UK and can be heard on countless hit records.

Publicity shot of the sax section circa 1982, L-r; Clive Hitchcock, Paul Weimar, Julian Arguelles, Nigel Hitchcock (then 11) Jamie Talbot, and who’s that on Bari?

1985 sees the release of  Concrete Cows, inspired by the sculptures adorning Milton Keynes which was home to John Dankworth and the Wavendon music venture.

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heres the complete photo used on the LP sleeve as a promo for the sponsors C&A

just as well they didn’t use this one! (photo courtesy Graham Russell)

1984 and a series of amazing concerts with some of the biggest international names of the time,

NYJO 1984 Live at City Hall Sheffield
There were 2 live concerts from which 4 programmes were
broadcast using different permutations of the performers.
NYJO had its own solo spot, mysteriously truncated on the
broadcast, but also served as backing band for Peggy Lee, Jimmy Witherspoon and Buddy Greco!
Read Peggy’s lips!
NYJO 1984 ‘Live at City Hall’

NYJO 1984 Live at City Hall
Jimmy Witherspoon
1 ‘You Got Me Runnin’

NYJO 1984 Live at City Hall
Jimmy Witherspoon
2 ‘Stormy Monday’

NYJO 1984 Live at City Hall
Peggy Lee
1 ‘Kansas City’

NYJO 1984 Live at City Hall
Peggy Lee
2 ‘Salt Lake City Blue’s


NYJO 1984 Live at City Hall
Buddy Greco
1 ‘At Long Last Love’

NYJO 1984 Live at City Hall
2 Buddy Greco with NYJO


NYJO 1984 plays for Her Majesty The Queen in ‘A Royal Celebration of Youth’

 

NYJO 1984 at ‘A Royal Celebration

of Youth’


 

with Lorraine Craig singing ‘Don’t Go To Her’

 

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And then its 1985, NYJO is 20 so theres only one title for the next LP

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This group shot taken sometime in the late 1970s

Identifiable are;

Back row Phil Todd,then in front to the right, Mark Hutchins,infront of him, Carol Kenyon, John Reid, Guy Barker,

middle centre left Dave Bishop.

front left, Bill.

Can you identify any others?

Sponsorship

As activities increased so did the overheads, and more financial support became necessary.

Fortunately NYJO was seen as being suitable for sponsorship, and one of the earliest were WHSmith.

NYJO stands bore this decal from 1979 to 1982

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then more significantly C&A

THE C&A YEARS 1982 1988

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One of the first pieces for the NYJO pad was (inevitably) Take the C&A train.

Apparently this is it!

 

Did you get this train? Tell us if you were on board!

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And of course there were many appearances at Ruislip Golf Club and The Rayners over the years. We’ll be showing as many as we can, here is a selection from the C&A years.



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If you can put names to any of the faces to any of the photos here,

(except Bill’s) please let us know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

One Response to “NYJO 50 Years 1976 -1985”
  1. Liz Armour (nee Price) says:

    I was in the band then.. on horn … I think I joined around about 1983 My first gig was Liverpool Garden Festival and my first recording was filling in the missing horn cadenza on a suite by Paul Hart (which I have still NEVER heard ) at the beginning of another session. I stayed with the band for three or four years.. I think I’m on about 5 Albums.
    If I’m not on the list of players (I couldn’t work out how to search it) please put me on… It was a very strange time. There were only three female members of the band (I don’t remember who that Bari player was, though I was there at the time) but pretty much the rest of the time there was only ever me, Julie (on flute) and a female singer (Helen mostly). We did some amazing gigs though. I remember that Salute to Youth one, particularly because I met the band AHA in the lift.. but I’d never heard of them.. . I also shook the Queens hand as she did her rounds. All sorts of famous people were on that gig. I also remember distinctly playing Cork Jazz Festival.. mostly because of the bus breaking down on the Severn Bridge. Thinking we weren’t going to get there and sleeping in a freezing coach didn’t do our spirits much good, and then Guiness came through and chartered a flight for us, along with a meal at the airport and a police escort to the venue. The other tour I distinctly remember was being Vic Damone’s backing band. And more specifically that I had a coughing fit in a quiet moment requiring the driver, Trevor to rush to my assistance and bringing a glass of water. The singer later called me and the pianist (Mike Hatchard) to his room. I though he wanted to thank us for sorting out the problem with as little disruption as possible. (I’d made eye contact with Mike, who’d somehow connected with Trevor, backstage) On the contrary he’d planned to ball us out for “laughing at him onstage”… no amount of verification of the truth meant anything to him as – presumably as his life as a star had taught him – he knew he was right, and that none else could have an opinion.
    Anyway, at the time NYJO was a big part of my life.

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