NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra)

Now celebrating 50 years of existence NYJO features some of the best, most gifted and talented of the next generation of UK jazz musicians

NYJO is world-famous as a glittering showcase for the country’s best young musicians. Since NYJO’s founding, by Bill Ashton OBE in 1965, most of the current generation of top British jazz musicians have risen through its ranks, often becoming established jazz stars whilst still playing with the band. One of NYJO’s aims is to share the talents of exciting young players with as wide a potential audience as possible.

Classics from the big band canon sit alongside specially commissioned new arrangements by band members and leading contemporary UK composers. From hard-swinging rhythm section to a raft of hugely talented young soloists, this is a big band in fine form.


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NYJO showed exceptional inventiveness and musicianship as they drove through this spectacular swinging set dedicated to the original all-star big band, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra who were renowned for their fun, fast and powerful sound. NYJO will return in 2014 with new season of residency at HIDEAWAY Jazz Club.