Lisa Simone: A Daughter’s Tribute to Nina Simone

October 9, 2023
7:30 pm

An unforgettable night of music with “Keeper of the Flame” – a stunning tribute to the legendary Nina Simone, starring her daughter, Lisa Simone.

This one-of-a-kind event promises to be a remarkable evening as Lisa takes us on a deeply personal journey through the life and music of her iconic mother. With her Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody award-winning talents on full display, Lisa will leave you in awe with her heartfelt and humorous performance.

NYJO will be adding to the magic of the night with a 20-piece orchestra. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness this extraordinary tribute in the UK, for an unforgettable evening of music, emotion, and pure artistic brilliance.

To direct the orchestra, we have invited Cassie Kinoshi. Cassie is a Mercury Prize-nominated and British Composer Award-winning London-based composer, arranger and alto-saxophonist. As an artist, she performs in her own band seed, as well as being a former key member of KOKOROKO (as both performer and co-writer). A composition graduate of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, she is also a passionate workshop leader and curator (Royal Albert Hall, King’s Place) and is regularly invited as a radio and panel guest to discuss politics, society and music.

Event details

Event date:
October 9, 2023

Event time:
7:30 pm

Cadogan Hall

5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Lucy-Anne (EP quote)

“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 Emerging Professional (Vocals)

Georgia (EP quote)

“It’s hard to just learn this music in the practice room but being immersed in the music at NYJO is a great environment to really push my playing. ” 

Georgia Ayew, NYJO Emerging Professional (Drums)

Sam Eastmond (MD quote)

"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

Jazzwise quote

"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

Lydia (EP quote)

"The past year has been an absolutely incredible experience, pushing me way out of my comfort zone into playing with some of the greatest young jazz players of my generation and getting to call them my colleagues and friends has been beyond inspiring, and also an obscene amount of fun!"

Lydia Cochrane, NYJO Emerging Professional (Saxophone)

Anna (Learning national quote)

"[The NYJO residential in Cumbria] helped me to make friends with other young musicians. I enjoy playing a lot more and I’m quite proud of what I’ve accomplished. I feel more confident now. I have learnt different ways of coming up with solid melodies and also a little bit on harmonies. I think it’s been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had."

Anna, NYJO Learning Widening Access participant

Briony (Learning U18s quote)

"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 Under 18s

Oscar (Learning U18s quote)

"I think I’ve progressed a lot in my piano-playing. NYJO has helped me to flourish and really enjoy it. I’ve really enjoyed being engrossed in a high level of playing and learning things in a hands-on-way. I also like the diversity of perspectives and abilities of all the players and teachers which enables me to try things I might not normally."

Oscar, NYJO Under 18s

Jennie (Learning U18s quote)

"NYJO has got me listening to more jazz and learning more changes. It has also helped with working as a band. I’ve really enjoyed the free jazz, learning by ear, the people, and the atmosphere."

Jennie, NYJO Under 18s

Leah-Anais (Learning U18s quote)

"I love the people at NYJO. Everyone here is so encouraging and lovely and it makes the experience worthwhile. Though I have fun I’m still learning on the way which makes me feel productive too."

Leah-Anais, NYJO Under 18s