This year’s major transformation of NYJO has led to the setting up of an exciting new Summer Season of London Concerts, designed to impress an ever-growing audience. NYJO’s new musical direction is radically shaking up its traditional concert format – presenting exciting new horizons for the band and its listeners alike.
NYJO’s Summer Concert Season includes:
6th June: London, Ronnie Scotts – 1pm.
NYJO, with Bill Ashton and Mark Armstrong directing, perform cutting edge composition and improvisation from senior members of the orchestra. For more details click on http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/view/322-sunday-lunch-with-the-national-youth-jazz-orchestra-nyjo
19th June: London, Barbican.
NYJO2 perform as one of the youth orchestras taking part in the Essentially Ellington UK event, led by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
20th June: London, Paradise Gardens Festival – 3.10pm to 4.00pm.
NYJO perform one set as The Paradise Stage plays host to a vibrant mix of styles and grooves, programmed by Continental Drifts and The Barbican to celebrate London music with global roots. NYJO will be playing music celebrating Summertime, with original compositions from the band. The best thing, the whole festival is free! For more details, check out http://www.paradisegardensfestival.org.uk/index.html
24th June: Greater London, Croydon, Fairfield Halls – 7.30pm.
NYJO perform The Solstice Suite, written/arranged and directed by Mark Armstrong. Mark describes this concert as, “A London Premiere of a new jazz suite, which combines settings of poetry by John Donne with big band conpositions. The suite celebrates the turning of the year from summer to winter solstice”. More details at http://www.fairfield.co.uk/showChoosearea.php?showid=15060
6th July: London, City of London Festival – 5.00 to 6.30 pm.
NYJO perform standard and original material for a fusion of Britain meets Brazil, via Portugal. The themes of the festival are supported by NYJO’s new Music Director’s professional and progressive vision. The performance will include material that connects with this year’s ‘bee’ theme – and the lusophonic theme of the Portuguese language. The programme will include new arrangements of the famous Brazilian songwriter/composer Antonio Carlos Jobim’s bossa-novas, highlights from NYJO’s recent London Pride album, some cutting-edge compositions by current band members and distinguished alumni – and also something for the City’s bee population! Swinging energetic jazz for a Summer in the City, with a blend of great music drawing on the festival’s themes. Check out http://www.colf.org//events/Jazz-World-Music/1039-JAZZ-IN-THE-YARD:-National-Youth-Jazz-Orchestra.cfm. This is a free event.
10th July: London, The Cockpit Theatre – 7.30pm.
Dizzy Dancing, performed by NYJO directed by Pete Long. For the first time in 45 years, NYJO is doing a jazz event specifically aimed at contemporary dance performance. Dizzy Dancing is an exciting project – NYJO is partnering Union Dance for this unique performance. NYJO’s guest musical director, Pete Long, is a celebrated expert in the music of Dizzy Gillespie. Pete will direct the music and international choreographer Naomi Diera will direct the dance. The music of Dizzy Gillespie created one of the major platforms for the creation of jazz dance – Miss Diera has choreographed a modern interpretation of this seminal music.