NYJO exists to empower young jazz musicians and inspire audiences across the UK through engaging participation projects and impactful live performances.

NYJO has grown from a single jazz orchestra to a multifaceted organisation that is committed to supporting and developing musicians of all styles and standards.

Whether you want to become the next emerging artist or simply play for fun – we’re here for it.

What’s on

NYJX @ We Out Here

NYJX @ We Out Here

Event date - August 26, 2022

Locationvenue - We Out Here Festival, Cambridgeshire

The NYJX joins the legendary Pharoah Sanders, Kokoroko, and The Comet is Coming at the 2022 edition of the We Out Here Festival. Tell me more

NYJO: Basie & Beyond!

NYJO: Basie & Beyond!

Event date - September 12, 2022

Locationvenue - Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

NYJO explores the impact on popular music made by Basie & twentieth-century Black American artists that followed. Tell me more

NYJX @ We Out Here

NYJX @ We Out Here

Event date - August 26, 2022

Locationvenue - We Out Here Festival, Cambridgeshire

The NYJX joins the legendary Pharoah Sanders, Kokoroko, and The Comet is Coming at the 2022 edition of the We Out Here Festival. Read more

NYJO Learning @ We Out Here

NYJO Learning @ We Out Here

Event date - August 26, 2022

Locationvenue - We Out Here Festival, Cambridgeshire

Join the NYJO Learning Tuba workshop at We Out Here Festival 2022. Read more

NYJO: Basie & Beyond!

NYJO: Basie & Beyond!

Event date - September 12, 2022

Locationvenue - Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

NYJO explores the impact on popular music made by Basie & twentieth-century Black American artists that followed. Read more

NYJO Learning

NYJO Learning nurtures young musicians through high quality workshops, courses and performance opportunities. We value access, inclusivity and progress at all levels and believe in harnessing the power of musical participation as a tool for personal growth.

News

She Said – out soon!

She Said – out soon!

NYJO's latest studio album is on its way! She Said celebrates women's contribution to jazz - past, present, and future. Read more

Monk at Town Hall: the Story

Monk at Town Hall: the Story

What was it that made The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall the stuff of jazz lore? We delve into the story behind the legendary recording. Read more

Meeting Points | Beth Ismay

Meeting Points | Beth Ismay

Learning Coordinator, Beth Ismay, talks about our work to bring young people together through learning and development opportunities. Read more

Quote 1 (Jazzwise)

"NYJO has never been conformist, never hewing to one particular line, never known for fawning replications and very deliberately these days a vehicle for new possibilities."

Jazzwise Magazine

Quote 2 (Lucy-Anne)

“Since joining NYJO, I’m so much more confident as a performer. Especially in terms of being able to entertain and keep the crowd engaged with you. It’s really nice to be able to feel that difference.” 

Lucy-Anne, NYJO Singer

Quote 3 (Academy)

"I’ve felt very fortunate to be surrounded by amazing musicians, and I think that the environment at NYJO – which has fostered creativity and improvisation – has allowed my confidence and musical ideas to grow."

Briony, NYJO Student

Quote 4 (Emma)

"The JX programme has been hugely helpful to me so far, consistently pushing me to explore new areas of composition, playing and collaborating with others, in many different formats."

Emma Rawicz, NYJO Musician

Quote 5 (Sam)

"Giving them space to create whatever they wanted, without setting parameters of idiom or style helped them to conceptualise how they could bring these new concepts into their work without scaring them off, or mystifying the process."

Sam Eastmond, NYJO Educator (Animate project)

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