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NYJO at Rye Arts Festival

15th September 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Join the National Youth Jazz Orchestra this autumn for their performance at the 48th Annual Rye Arts Festival.

The programme for the Rye Arts Festival will showcase the diverse range of music that falls under the banner of Jazz, from straight-ahead swing to contemporary music that incorporates minimalist elements, all highlighting the flexibility of the NYJO musicians and the range of rhythmic styles that a jazz orchestra can play. Love for Sale and Little Pixie are swing classics from the Buddy Rich Orchestra and the pen of Thad Jones, complemented by an original swing arrangement of September in the Rain from NYJO trombone alumnus Callum Au.

Band members are encouraged to bring their original music to the orchestra and here For the Road and Those On ItMatterhorn and Crepuscule are examples by current NYJO members along with an original by ex-NYJO flute player Gareth Locrane in Groove Rider. NYJO vocalists are featured in On The Street Where You LiveWhat Are You Doing the Rest of Your LifeFly Me To the Moon and God Bless the Child. The first three are standards that have found their way into the jazz tradition from stage and screen and the final selection was written by jazz vocal icon Billie Holliday. This forms a link to Wild Oak and The Earth Keeps Spinning, two NYJO commissions from contemporary female UK composers Nikki Iles and Laura Jurd. Artistic Director Mark Armstrong’s arrangement of A Night in Tunisia takes the programme home with a mixture of Latin and swing grooves.




Groove Rider – Gareth Locrane

Wild Oak – Nikki Iles

On The Street Where You Live – Lerner/Lowe arr. Nightingale

God Bless the Child – Billie Holliday arr. Armstrong

For The Road and Those On It – Tom Ridout

The Earth Keeps Spinning – Laura Jurd

Little Pixie – Thad Jones




Love For Sale – Porter arr. Myers

Crepuscule – Charlie Bates

September In The Rain – Warren/Dubin arr. Au

What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? – Michel Legrand arr. Armstrong

Fly Me to the Moon – Howard arr. Riddle

Matterhorn – Barford

A Night In Tunisia – Gillespie arr. Armstrong



15th September 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Milligan Theatre
Rye Academy, Love Lane
Rye, East Sussex TN31 7NQ
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