Tony Kofi and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Ipswich Jazz Festival

July 2, 2022
6:00 pm

Tony Kofi Presents: The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra

One of the most recorded jazz composers of all time, Monk made numerous contributions to the standards canon, including ‘Straight No Chaser’, ‘Round Midnight’, ‘Blue Monk’. ‘The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall’ is a seminal recording, released in 1959. Directed by renowned saxophonist Tony Kofi, the NYJO celebrates this powerful work with a stellar dectet of emerging UK talent.

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This event is part of the 2022 Jazz, Blues, World & Caribbean Music Festival.

Global Rhythm and Ipswich Jazz Festival have joined forces to bring you this FREE festival in the beautiful surroundings of Christchurch Park.

There’ll be something for everyone in Ipswich’s colourful celebration of worldwide music and culture. Five stages will feature some of the world’s best musicians, and there’ll be fairground rides, a craft market, live music, art and food from across the globe.

There’s also a full programme of workshops throughout the day, where you can experience music, dance and culture, up-close and personal with some of the fantastic artists that perform at the festival.

To find out more visit the festival web site: https://ipswichjazzfestival.org.uk/global/

Event details

Event date:
July 2, 2022

Event time:
6:00 pm

Christchurch Park

Friends of Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX Ipswich

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The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall is Monk’s seminal large ensemble recording, released in 1959. Under the direction of Tony Kofi, NYJO celebrates this ground-breaking work.

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)

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Emma Rawicz, NYJO Musician

Quote 5 (Sam)

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Sam Eastmond, NYJO Educator (Animate project)

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