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.
Nigel 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.