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Monday
Sep222014

Bonnie Scotland

Some long awaited snaps of the band at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

NYJO performed 14 gigs in 6 days...

New venue to NYJO this year was The Cowshed.  Beautiful "moo"sic...

Jacques taking the applause - unusual eh Jacques?!

Some of the venues were a bit cramped for room...

Jazz on the move.  Shake that crazy fruit.

We see your bagpipes, and raise you a melodica ;-)

More photos can be found in the "Photos" section - surprisingly enough.

Wednesday
May072014

Happy Anniversary John Lewis! 150 Not Out!

John Lewis celebrated their 150th Anniversary in style at their Nottingham Victoria Centre store.  The 'never knowingly undersold' customers enjoyed the sounds of NYJO combo (never knowingly undersoloed) on Sunday 4th May.  

Particular musical treats from the combo included "Somewhere Only We Know" (from JL Christmas TV advert) and a swinging adaptation of the King of Pop's "Black Or White" - a tribute to how the photos looked 150 years ago...hmm.  

We'd like to think we'll get the booking for their 300th Anniversary party.

John Lewis - Black or White

Tuesday
May062014

Isn't It Rahmantic...

NYJO1 and Combo were treated to fantastic workshops from Jazz composer and pianist Zoe Rahman on Tuesday 6th May.

Zoe focussed the bands on interaction, real-time composing and performance techniques, as well as bringing along and rehearsing her own arrangement of Abdullah Ibrahim's "Cherry".  The tune reflects the musical influences of Ibrahim's country of birth, South Africa.  It's a great contrast to what's already in the NYJO1 pad, and we look forward to adding the piece to our performance repertoire!

Zoe will be back in June for another session.

Zoe Rahman tinkling the ivories.

Thursday
Apr242014

Where's Cliff Richard When You Need Him???

CONGRATULATIONS to all at NYJO who passed music performance and theory grades before Easter!

Special mention to three NYJO1 students: Ben, Kirsty and Lucy - all conquering Grade 8!

We're beaming with pride...as is Cliff.

 

Wednesday
Apr022014

Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Arrangements

NYJO1 have three new arrangements in their pad, courtesy of internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, educator, arranger, bandleader and all-round good guy Julian Joseph.  Julian brought these tunes along to NYJO's weekend workshop at College Street, Nottingham in March.  He and the band spent two days working on this new material and learnt valuable lessons in improvisation.

Julian Joseph - intense.

Many thanks to Hugh Pascall for leading these sessions on behalf of NYJO.  Hugh is a great player and improvisor in his own right, and his input and committment to the weekend was fundamental to the overall success.

Hugh in musical mid-flow.

Following the weekend, Julian said

"There is something organic and nurturing in Nottingham that you only see in places where the leaders and teachers care about the young people and the music. I look forward to the possibility of building on this relationship."

The NYJO Jazz Trinity... Phil, Julian & Hugh.  Photo taken in front of Anish Kapoor's Sky Mirror by Carl Billson.  What a dish...