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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


London Pride

Label: NYJO
Released: 2006
Track listing: Five Ring Fanfare; London Pride; Citrus Fruit with Bells On; A Nightingale Swang; London; Lisson Groove; My Old Dutch; London


National Youth Jazz Orchestra: Two Suites by Paul Hart

Label: NYJCD
Released: 2006
Track listing: Out of Hamelin: An Army Mutters; No Evil Star; Three Notes on the Enraptured Air; Paying the Piper. Theme and Deviations: Elise or Else; Elise


Article: Album Review

National Youth Jazz Orchestra: London Pride

Read "London Pride" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As Great Britain's superb National Youth Jazz Orchestra is now a mature forty years old, it seems appropriate that it should honor the city of its birth, even though director Bill Ashton writes that London Pride was occasioned not by the orchestra's inexorable advance toward middle age, but rather by London's having won the right last ...


Article: Extended Analysis

National Youth Jazz Orchestra: Two Suites by Paul Hart

Read "National Youth Jazz Orchestra: Two Suites by Paul Hart" reviewed by Jack Bowers

National Youth Jazz Orchestra Two Suites by Paul Hart NYJCD 2006 Two Suites represents a change of pace for Great Britain's splendid National Youth Jazz Orchestra, which has confined its previous albums for the most part to shorter original compositions by a variety of writers with a sprinkling of themes ...



Label: NYJO
Released: 2003
Track listing: Jasmine; Remembrance for Jim; Thought I


Article: Album Review

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra: Jasmine

Read "Jasmine" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There are at least four aspects of any new album by Great Britain’s superlative National Youth Jazz Orchestra that any prospective listener can be sure of without even opening the package: (1) it will be marvelously performed; (2) it will be immaculately recorded; (3) it will be generously timed; and (4) it will embody some of ...


Who's Blue?

Label: NYJO
Released: 2001
Track listing: Who


Article: Album Review

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra Featuring Sumudu Jayatilaka: Who's Blue?

Read "Who's Blue?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Unaccustomed as we are to hearing Great Britain’s superlative National Youth Jazz Orchestra play a supporting role, it’s for a good cause here — the debut recording of the band’s exciting young vocalist (nineteen years old when the recording was made), Sumudu Jayatilaka — and NYJO performs its assigned tasks with typical dexterity and aplomb. The ...


Stepping Stones

Label: NYJO
Released: 1999


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