Monday, 22 October 2018

Town to be jazzed up by top musicians

Town to be jazzed up by top musicians
HOW time flies... Autumn already and it’s time for National Youth Jazz Orchestra’s customary late autumn concert at the Kenton.

This internationally famous jazz orchestra is returning for a fifth appearance following four previous sell-out performances.

NYJO is world famous for developing young jazz musicians up to age 24 and providing a glittering showcase for Britain’s finest, creating a unique big band experience with the highest standards of musicianship.

Some of the musicians are already playing in professional groups and the majority of Britain’s top jazz players started out with NYJO, including such names as Courtney Pine, George Presencer, Mark Nightingale and Guy Barker.

Founded in 1965 by Bill Ashton, the organisation prospered and grew and today has some 300 young musicians on its books. Auditioning is in London, Liverpool and Manchester and there are formalised grading, rehearsals, development programmes and educational workshops nationally.

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