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NYJO Tutors, Patron & Volunteers

The success of NYJO is attributable to a team effort by all its members: players, parents, friends, tutors, patron, sponsors, arts bodies, volunteers (Friends of NYJO) and audiences.  NYJO is a charity (part of NYO) and appreciates the generosity of sponsors including Nottingham-based Clement PianosNewark Motor Auctions, Steve Ward of and Istvan Mersich.  NYJO also values its links with local jazz promoters Jazzsteps, East Midlands Jazz (EMJAZZ) and the education Music Hubs for Nottinghamshire Music Hub and Nottingham City Music Hub.

Ben Lee

Ben Lee is a talented professional trumpeter with his own band as well as performing in a range of other jazz Big Bands and combos.  He is a peripatetic brass and piano teacher and an accomplished composer/arranger and his unique musical arrangements add to the 'NYJO sound'. Ben leads Nyjo1 and Nyjo combo.

Look out for Ben’s band performing locally including popular Live Jive dance gigs

A working professional musician with an infectious enthusiasm for jazz, Ben brings a wealth of experience, not least in the entertainment and performance aspects of group playing.

Tony Farrell


Tony Farrell brings to the table over 25 years as Leader, and founder, of “The Tony Farrell Big Band” providing live music for listening and dancing. A lover of most things Jazz and Swing, he welcomes the opportunity to educate and promote this great music to those just discovering it for the first time.

Tony has been involved with education for a long period of time, both teaching privately and being invited to work with the Brassery and Brass Roots (that was), George Spencer Academy and Toot Hill Academy where he currently runs the Big Band and Jazz Combo.


Jacques Moran




Tony Kofi - Patron

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.

 Left to Right:  Ben Lee - NYJO1 & NYJO Combo Tutor (; Tony Kofi - NYJO Patron (; Phil Smith - Former NYJO1 Tutor; Carl Billson - a founder member & former Chair of volunteer group Friends of NYJO