The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) today announced that the acclaimed trombonist and band leader Winston Rollins has been appointed as the organisation’s Deputy Music Director. Working with Artistic and Music Director Mark Armstrong, Winston will bring a wealth of international big band experience to NYJO and will help take its world-class performances and education work to more people in more areas of the country.
Winston Rollins, said: “As a NYJO alumnus, it’s a great pleasure for me to come back and work with a whole new generation of NYJO musicians. I’m delighted to be working alongside Mark Armstrong and the NYJO team, and it’s a great joy to witness the passion, energy and commitment that NYJO’s players bring to everything they do.”
Nigel Tully, Executive Chair of NYJO, said: “It’s a real coup for NYJO to have Winston Rollins as our Deputy Music Director. Winston has a huge amount to offer our young musicians, both in terms of his band leading experience and his work as an international touring artist. Winston took his first rehearsal with our flagship band last weekend and the positive reverberations are already being felt throughout the organisation!”
About Winston Rollins
Winston Rollins began playing the trombone at the age of ten and later trained at Trinity College of Music in London.
Winston has performed with many artists and bands such as Jamiroquai, Amy Winehouse, Harry Connick Jr., James Brown, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Ray LaMontage, Courtney Pine, Jack Bruce, Ray Charles, Rumer, Gregory Porter, Joss Stone, Aswad and Paloma Faith to name but a few, whether on stage, TV or recording in a studio. Currently he is the lead trombone with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
Although primarily a trombonist, Winston is also a songwriter, producer and arranger, working from his studio in Chiswick, not to mention being a unique personality and presence on stage.
The featured image shows NYJO’s Royal Patron HRH The Earl of Wessex with Winston Rollins at a NYJO performance at Ronnie Scott’s earlier this year (© Carl Hyde)