WINSTON ROLLINS, MUSIC DIRECTOR
One of the UK’s most in-demand brass instrumentalists, his credits as a writer, arranger, trombonist and producer reads like a who’s who of pop iconoclasts: James Brown, Kylie Minogue, Ray Charles, Paloma Faith, Chaka Khan, Jamiroquai, Tom Jones, Spice Girls, Paul McCartney, Cee Lo Green, Laura Mvula, Emeli Sandé, Rag ’n’ Bone Man and, the late-great, Amy Winehouse. Having worked on Amy’s Frank album, Rollins is the perfect conduit through this ambitious marriage of jazz and pop.
Winston is currently NYJO’s Head of Professional Development and is energised by the opportunity to use NYJO’s frontline projects (such as this) to guide and nurture up and coming talent at the onset of their careers.
OLIVIA MURPHY, LEAD ARRANGER
Olivia Murphy is an award-winning composer, saxophonist, and improviser based in Birmingham, U.K. Olivia has always had a passion for large ensemble jazz and was the first and only two-time winner of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Composition and Arranging Prize in 2018 & 2019. After graduating from RBC, Olivia was thrilled to be given the composer chair for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in January 2020. As well her ongoing work with NYJO, Olivia has also worked with Birmingham Jazz Orchestra, the University of Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and a range of other exciting large ensembles.
Olivia also enjoys writing for her own smaller bands and was commissioned by Stoney Lane Records and TDE Promotions earlier this year to compose, perform and record in isolation a 20 minute set for her trio (Soprano saxophone, voice, piano). The resulting suite ‘Tomorrow Songs’ was released for the Around The Houses Festival in August 2020. Most recently (July ’21), Olivia was selected by Jazzlife Alliance as their Young Composer (18-24) to be funded by PRS Foundation, where she will be mentored by the incredible Django Bates, premiere her work at CQAF’s Out To Lunch Festival, later to be released with Lyte Records in 2022.
LUCY-ANNE DANIELS, LEAD VOCALIST
A natural performer, creative improviser and talented musician, Lucy-Anne is a practiced vocalist hailing from Leeds whose vocal sound draws inspiration from singers such as Betty Carter, gospel duo Mary Mary and Amy Winehouse. Having been raised in a musical household, Lucy-Anne found herself in the world of performance at a young age, often singing in church and at local events and fundraisers in her hometown of Leeds. The rich rhythms and harmonies of gospel music, with its own roots branching out from Jazz, have always been an underlying feature of Lucy-Anne’s musicality, therefore, it was a natural that she gravitated towards jazz.
At the tender age of sixteen, Lucy-Anne became the vocal chair holder for NYJO’s 24-piece jazz orchestra in December 2019. Since then she has performed with the band at various venues and festivals across the country, most memorably a hometown gig which saw her return to the histortic Leeds Town Hall. In September 2020 she began studying jazz voice at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, receiving tuition from both Sara Colman and Noemi Nutti. Lucy-Anne has matured incredibly since joining NYJO in 2019 and has since established herself as an emerging artist on the Birmingham jazz scene in her own right.