Yesterday NYJO hit the road to head to Germany for the first leg of a unique project with our German counterparts the Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra of Germany (BuJazzO). This will see 50 of the most talented young jazz musicians in Europe coming together to celebrate 100 years of jazz history, also marking the centenary of the start of the First World War. This is a ground-breaking collaboration between the two leading youth jazz orchestras in Europe to reflect on the significance of both these events and to set a future standard for cross-Europe youth jazz music-making.
The recognised start of jazz was with the publication of St Louis Blues back in 1914 and the programmes will explore this astounding and varied music from then to the present day. With both ensembles packed with precious talented and directed by world-leaders in British trumpeter and NYJO MD Mark Armstrong and American trombonist and former bandleader of RIAS Big Band Berlin, Jiggs Whigham, these will be a series of roof-raising, white-hot concerts not to be missed. There are three concerts in Germany this week followed-up by concerts at Leeds College of Music and the EFG London Jazz Festival in November. Hope to see you there in either country!
Thursday 11 September, 7pm Heek Landesmusikakademie
Friday 12 September, 8pm Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln
Saturday 13 September, 8pm Staatliche Jugendmusikschule ‘Miralles-Saal’, Hamburg
Monday 17 November, 7.30pm Leeds College of Music
Wednesday 19 November, 7.45pm London Jazz Festival
NYJO & BuJazzO ‘Freedom and Friendship A Century of Jazz’ is kindly supported by Arts Council England, Bert Kaempfert Foundation, BP, David Laing Foundation, Gausling GmbH & Co. KG and The Goldsmiths’ Company