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National Youth Jazz Orchestra

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra Ltd is a registered charity (no. 274578).

In its 54-year history, NYJO has grown from a single jazz orchestra of emerging professionals to be a multi-faceted organisation that works in jazz education at all levels, and all around the country.

Our 24-piece Jazz Orchestra remains the gateway to the profession for many future stars of the UK jazz scene, and countless musical theatre and session musicians. NYJO’s alumni include Guy Barker, Laura Jurd, Mark Nightingale and Amy Winehouse, plus the leader of the Strictly Come Dancing band Dave Arch (and most of his band members) and music supervisor for the London 2012 Olympics Martin Koch. The orchestra performs around 35 gigs each year, including recently the BBC Proms, the EFG London Jazz Festival, European tours with our German and Dutch counterparts BuJazzO and NJJO, and annual residencies at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. But the Jazz Orchestra is now just part of our offering for emerging professionals, which now also includes small bands, and opportunities to develop as jazz educators and composers.

For younger musicians within reach of London, NYJO’s Academy offers improvisation and ensemble training from grade 5- standard upwards, through a combination of notated and aural groups. All our young musicians perform six times a year, and the NYJO Academy hosts free monthly jazz jams for under 18s.

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