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NYJO at the Proms: Latest Press Reviews and Comments…

August 11, 2012 by  

Although the i-Player broadcast of  NYJO’s late night BBC Jazz Prom at The Royal Albert Hall on Friday 13th August is no longer available, you can still get a flavour of the occasion by watching this rousing rendition of the introductory number, Duke Ellington’s Rockin’ in Rhythm.

The Prom was an unqualified success. Were you there? What did you think? Let us know your comments.

Read John Fordham’s Guardian review of the concert here or in the Gigs Review section. Jack Massarik’s review of the concert for the Evening Standard can be read here. Jazzwise Magazine’s website carries an appreciative review too, and saxophonist Frank Griffith, who doubles as Director of Performance at Brunel University, was moved to comment: “The concert was remarkable and a real crowning moment for NYJO and jazz in general in the UK”.

This is Robert Edgar’s piece for London Jazz – Sarah Ellen Hughes wrote an appreciative piece too…

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5 Responses to “NYJO at the Proms: Latest Press Reviews and Comments…”
  1. Peter Horah says:

    Great gig at the Proms! I have always admired NYJO although my music taste takes my listening elsewhere. I was in the Arena on Friday night and it was fantastic to see all these lovely young musicians playing with passion and so well!

    I’m now tempted to get your latest CD and will look for other gigs!

  2. Michael Rutt says:

    Hi there
    Can any kind soul help me please?
    I recorded the bbc proms concert last evening and was very disappointed when my harddrive recording had recorded the picture but no sound!
    As a longtime fan of NYJO I really would like to have a dvd recording of this to enjoy!
    Thanks in anticipation
    Michael Rutt

  3. john hawthornthwaite says:

    Rocking in Rhythm,Groove Merchant and Round Midnight all brilliant but then downhill as pieces without any melodic base and without the foot-tapping urge followed. The Proms is not the place to try out unknown compositions and ‘Jazz Suites’.An opportunity to grab a wider audience missed. Try the Gordon Goodwin ‘Big Phat Band’ next year to hear what a modern big band can do to an audience.

  4. Sean says:

    Hi John,

    thanks for your comments. However, I must disagree with some of what you say. Firstly, the BBC Proms commissioned Tim Garland to write a brand new composition for the band, something which was very exciting for us. We didn’t perform any suites, though we did perform a piece from a suite by Kenny Wheeler, which is only unknown if you’re not familiar with Kenny Wheeler. Whilst to tap your foot, or any other part of the body you see fit, to a driving swing rhythm is one of lifes great experiences, partof NYJO’s mission is to present some of the breadth of contemporary jazz music, not all which has the swing feel as its essence.

    As for an opprtunity missed, you’ll be pleased to hear that the audience on the night was one of, if not the largest, for a late night prom this year and that, combined with our radio broadcast and TV appearance, certainly constitutes one of the largest audiences for NYJO ever and probably one of the largest this year for any UK jazz big band.

    In addition to this, our landmark album The Change has been flying off our shelves like the proverbial hot cakes despite not being officially released until 24th September and I suspect that is somewhat related to the opportunity presented, and taken by NYJO at the Proms.


  5. Sean says:

    Sorry Michael, it’s not available for public consumption


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