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The Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra is a great place for young musicians in Nottinghamshire to develop their skills and enjoyment of playing jazz.
With an emphasis on rehearsing for performances, the 18-piece NYJO Big Band, 7-Piece NYJO Jazz Combo and NYJO Development Band entertain audiences at public concerts and private functions in the area. In August 2012, the NYJO Big Band made its third successive summer tour, performing at notable venues in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
You can find our more about NYJO on Blog pages and on Facebook. Search for videos of Notts NYJO on You Tube. The range of NYJO pieces include performances with the East of England Singers (reviewed here), NYJO Jazz Combo at Dexters Jazz Club, crossover pieces such as Prelude, Fugue & Riffs and 'seasonal jazz' from development band NYJO2.
Established in 2008, NYJO meet for weekly rehearsals during education term time at the Nottingham Boys High School in central Nottingham. Experienced jazz tutors provide high quality, inspirational instruction and encourage shared learning and support amongst players. The band’s terrific sound, enthusiasm and professional approach to performances have been highly rated by appreciative audiences, gig organisers and judges at national competitions.
NYJO is honoured to have Nottingham born legendary saxophonist Tony Kofi as our patron. He provides inspiration and mentoring contributions to NYJO - see him performing with NYJO at Jazzsteps. Also, NYJO are delighted to keep in contact with alumni such as Mark Lewandowski and Will Glaser (bass & drums) who have played at Jazzsteps.
If you are interested in joining as a musician, why not contact us and sit in on a rehearsal, with a view to auditioning. NYJO has 3 Bands - a development band NYJO2, the NYJO Big Band and NYJO Jazz Combo 8-piece.
NYJO is a charity (part of NYO) and its success owes much to the Friends of NYJO team of volunteers. NYJO appreciates the generosity of sponsors including Nottingham-based Clement Pianos and has strong links with promotors Jazzsteps and local music education including the Music Hubs.