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Nigel TullyChairman Nigel Tully has been on UK Jazz Radio outlining NYJO’s plans to broaden its music policy and also attract more great young jazz players from diverse cultural backgrounds.

In discussion with presenter – and renowned jazz educator/bandleader – Frank Griffith, Nigel explained that NYJO’s new policy – far from replacing what the band has always done well – will add a new dimension to the band’s repertoire.

NYJO has – and will still – value the ability to sight-read demanding music but, by bringing in guest Music Directors, it aims to stretch the band musically in new directions.

A newly-formed Music Policy Committee – comprising Nikki Iles, Annie Whitehead, Jason Yarde, Stan Sulzmann, Jeremy Price, and Simon Purcell in addition to Founding Director Bill Ashton and Mark Armstrong – is evidence of NYJO’s desire to broaden its approach and give its top players opportunities to experience a wider variety of Big Band Music.

Frank GriffithNigel also told Frank (pictured) that NYJO is strengthening links with Regional Youth Jazz Orchestras in places like Birmingham, Doncaster and Newcastle – and with the Conservatoires and Universities which offer jazz courses throughout England – in order to establish NYJO as a truly national first team for youth jazz in the UK.

The interview – which first aired on Saturday March 13th at 8pm – was interspersed with classic NYJO CD tracks, including a number of arrangements by the late Sir John Dankworth who, for over 40 years, was a Vice-President of NYJO.

The programme is being repeated regularly on UK Jazz Radio over the next week or so – click here to find out when. It is also available as a podcast for immediate listening – enjoy!

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