Sunday Lunch: NYJO

Sunday, 17th Mar 2013

Sunday 17th March, Tickets £10, Doors 12pm, Music 2pm

Our Sunday lunch shows are always a great day out for families as well and children are admitted free of charge (<16) – all we ask is that youngsters are old enough or well behaved enough to enjoy the show quietly without causing a disturbance - while booking please consider number of adults and state the children in the comments.

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra

The musicians of the NYJO in a London performanceNYJO features the best, most gifted and talented of the next generation of Great British jazz musicians.

NYJO is world-famous as a glittering showcase for the country’s best young musicians. Since NYJO’s founding, by Music Director 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.

Known for its unique swinging big band sound, much of its music is especially written for the orchestra by British composers, often past and present members of the band. The music repertoire is huge, covering a wide variety of styles suitable for different occasions. NYJO’s concerts can be enjoyed by non-jazz audiences and jazz-lovers alike.

NYJO features 22 musicians and vocalists from around the country, most of whom go on to become professional musicians.  Alumni include Guy Barker, Mark Nightingale, Gerard Presencer, Pete Long, Dennis and Winston Rollins and Amy Winehouse, which gives an idea why Sir John Dankworth is famously quoted as describing NYJO as one of the best bands you will ever hear.  The culture of encouraging members to write their own arrangements and compositions has created a phenomenal musical legacy which in addition to classic big band standards, gives the band an incredible pad to draw from and which has contributed to over 40 recordings to date.

In July 2002 NYJO was voted Best Big Band for the 4th time in the British Jazz Awards. Bill Ashton received the BBC Radio 2 Jazz Award in 1995 for his Services to Jazz, and received the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group’s Special Award in 2007.