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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.

Phil Smith

Phil Smith is a talented musician, performance arts educator and long-time promoter of youth jazz in Nottinghamshire.  Before forming NYJO as the jazz branch of the Nottingham Youth Orchestra, Phil was instrumental in two prominent Big Bands called Brassery and Brassroots

Phil’s professional skills in the performing arts underpins his passion for taking youth bands to perform at the word famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival and to enjoy the mix of festival entertainments.   This tradition from Brassery carries through to NYJO.  With excellent support from  NYJO volunteers, Phil leads a popular annual tour to Edinburgh in August open to members of NYJO1 and NYJO Combo. 

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.  Also is an educator and accomplished arranger whose unique musical arrangements add to NYJO’s unique sound.  Ben has also been a long-time collaborator with NYJO’s musical director Phil Smith, including Nottingham youth jazz bands Brassery and Brassroots

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.

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 - Tutor NYJO2 & NYJO Combo (, Tony Kofi - NYJO Patron (, Phil Smith - NYJO1 & Musical Director, Carl Billson - a founder member & former Chair of volunteer group Friends of NYJO