Below are a collection of our most popular programmes and special projects

For more information please get in touch with our Bookings Manager cameron@nyjo.org.uk


State of the Nation – NEW

Legends of Jazz

Female Jazz Icons

What is Hip?

The Great American Songbook

NYJO’s Cool Yule

Jazz Orchestra ProgrammesState of the Nation – NEW

What you can hear…

NYJO takes the opportunity, post-Brexit debate, to take stock of homegrown British jazz.

The British jazz scene has developed a culture of its own in the 100 years since the Southern Syncopated Orchestra and Original Dixieland Jazz Band toured here in 1919. It is now as diverse as our population. This concert will celebrate the big names flying the flag for British jazz today, but also explore how we got here. From the standards of Ray Noble & Victor Feldman via British bebop pioneers Tubby Hayes & Ronnie Scott, through Afro-Carribbean influences arriving with the Windrush generation and beyond. This melting pot of cultural influences has made British jazz what it is today, and we think that’s worth celebrating.


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Jazz Orchestra Programmes

Legends of Jazz

Legends of Jazz is a programme celebrating the greatest jazz classics ever written. Featuring tunes by the indisputable jazz masters, such as Ellington and Monk, explore some landmarks of the jazz canon with NYJO.

What you can hear…

St Louis Blues – W. C. Handy

Such Sweet Thunder – Duke Ellington

First Circle – Pat Metheny

Caravan – Juan Tizol

Know Where You Are – Kenny Wheeler

‘Round Midnight – Thelonious Monk

Groove Merchant – Jerome Richardson

Rockin’ in Rhythm – Ellington, Carney, Mills

“A blazing Proms premiere of Duke Ellington’s 1930 Rockin’ in Rhythm quickly established that NYJO’s collective temperature has gone up.”
John Fordham, Guardian

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Jazz Orchestra ProgrammesFemale Jazz Icons

Female jazz musicians have long been an important part of the jazz scene, celebrated as singers but often under-represented in other roles. This concert celebrates women’s contributions to jazz through history, from Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter Valaida Snow and composer and pianist Mary-Lou Williams; to contemporary artists like Maria Schneider, Esperanza Spalding, Nikki Iles, Yazz Ahmed and Mercury nominee Laura Jurd, .

What you can hear…

Feeling Good (made famous by Nina Simone)

That Old Devil Called Love (by Doris Fisher, made famous by Billie Holliday and Alison Moyet)

El Viento (by contemporary US composer Maria Schneider)

Special commissions as part of this theme from UK composers:

Wild Oak – Nikki Iles

 No Man Is an Island – Laura Jurd


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What is Hip?

What is Hip? is a a programme full of music to make you groove.

From the forties to the naughties, classic tunes by Duke Ellington rub shoulders with hits from Kylie Minogue, Kool & The Gang and Tower of Power in this brilliantly eclectic collection.

What you can hear…

Sub Hub Hubbub – Jason Yarde

Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue

Rush Hour – Yellowjackets

Harlem Airshaft –Duke Ellington

Crankmaster General – Stefan Redtenbacher

Open Sesame – Kool & The Gang

London’s Burning – traditional arr. Louis Armstrong

Li’l Darlin – Count Basie

Mama Badgers – Julian Siegel

What is Hip? – Tower of Power

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Jazz Orchestra ProgrammesThe Great American Songbook

NYJO’s Great American Songbook programme explores the very best jazz standards from the 1920’s – 50’s, with classics from Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael and more.

What you can hear…

My Romance – Rogers and Hart

Embraceable You – George Gershwin

Georgia on My Mind – Carmichael and Gorrell

I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Cole Porter

Here’s That Rainy Day – Van Heusen and Burke

That Old Black Magic – Arlen and Mercer

Lullaby of Broadway – Warren and Dublin

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Jazz Orchestra ProgrammesNYJO’s Cool Yule

Listen out for swinging jazz classics and NYJO’s take on popular carols in this special festive programme.

What you can hear…

Sleigh Ride

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Deck the Halls

Noel Nouvelet

Everybody’s Waiting for the Man with the Bag

The Christmas Song

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