What a cracking straight down the middle set of big band jazz! Superb arrangements and tremendous soloists – jazz lives as long as these guys (and gals) are around.
Tenor player Nadim Tiemoori had a great ride on Hush by Nikki Iles; Callum Au impressed with his trombone solo on Bill – a swingy Mark Nightingale arrangement – and Reuben Fowler (left) drew deeply into the emotional bag with Kenny Wheeler’s take on Embraceable You.
These were but a few of the highlights, with vocalist Emma Smith adding a few more on That Old Black Magic, That Old Devil Moon and If I Had You.
A band that can hold its head high in any company.
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Mike Gordon, Director of the Scarborough Jazz Festival, said: “Every comment I heard about NYJO’s performance was favourable and usually highly complimentary. A wonderful combination of musicians with a fresh, invigorating sound. They will be back!”