NYJO offers professional development, performance, and networking opportunities to emerging professionals aged 18-25 looking to further their career playing jazz and adjacent genres. In everything we do, we aim to be inclusive and representative of our beneficiaries and the jazz community at large.

We have evolved from a single jazz orchestra into a multifaceted organisation, working on creatively diverse programmes with ensembles of all sizes. All the musicians in our books are added to a talent pool, to which opportunities are offered, rather than being given a “chair” for a set amount of time. We always welcome musicians’ ideas, input, and feedback, and we endeavour to personalise your NYJO experience to your goals and needs. Whether you want to play big band jazz, or original arrangements with your trio – we’re here for it!

Throughout your time with us, you will get:

  • Continuous professional development
  • The opportunity to play a wide range of styles in different sized ensembles
  • The chance to work with guest MDs and artists from the UK and beyond
  • National and international touring opportunities
  • Opportunities to train as a NYJO educator
  • Masterclasses and mentoring (in musical and non-musical skills like finance, marketing, and fundraising)
  • Arranging and composing opportunities
  • Support with your own projects
  • The chance to meet and collaborate with peers and established musicians

Find out more below about our latest projects, NYJO stories, and how you can get involved, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with NYJO’s Artist Liaison, George Gatehouse at [email protected] for more info.

In our Emerging Professionals’ own words:

Getting to hear from such experienced professionals in all parts of the industry has really guided me in my approach to playing, networking and interaction with fellow professionals.

NYJO has set me up from there with a close network of musicians and friends whom I now regularly work with outside of the band.

I have just finished working on the Ray Charles tour with Tommy Blaize, which has been one of the best gigs I think I’ll ever do.

Latest Projects

NYJO & Tommy Blaize present: Ray Charles

A 19-piece NYJO band is joined on-stage by BBC Strictly Come Dancing singer Tommy Blaize to perform the unforgettable songs of one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century: Ray Charles.

NYJO & Mark Armstrong present: Dizzy Gillespie

In this programme, NYJO Artistic Director, Mark Armstrong, leads a NYJO sextet in celebration of the joyous, ever-green music of one of Jazz’s great iconoclasts: Dizzy Gillespie.

NYJO & Tim Garland present: Chick Corea

Tim Garland, whose work with Chick Corea won him an EMMY in 2009, leads a NYJO 18-piece ensemble in commemoration of one of the best improvisational jazz musicians of all time.

NYJO & Tony Kofi present: Monk at Town Hall

The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall is Monk’s seminal large ensemble recording, released in 1959. Under the direction of award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi, a NYJO dectet pays tribute to this ground-breaking work.

NYJO presents: Blue Note

NYJO presents an 18-strong Jazz Orchestra to perform a mixture of new and existing arrangements to celebrate the iconic Blue Note Records and its incomparable contribution to jazz music.

Amy Winehouse: A Celebration of Her Life and Music

Young composer Olivia Murphy and vocalist Lucy-Anne Daniels head a NYJO 24-piece jazz orchestra as they celebrate the life and music of NYJO alumna, Amy Winehouse.

NYJO Stories

NYJO Stories: Lucy-Anne Daniels

NYJO Stories: Lucy-Anne Daniels

A natural performer, creative improviser and talented musician, Leeds native Lucy-Anne Daniels draws inspiration from singers such as Betty Carter, gospel duo Mary Mary and, most pertinently, Amy Winehouse.   Read more

NYJO Stories: Emma Rawicz

NYJO Stories: Emma Rawicz

Growing up in rural North Devon, Emma didn't discover jazz until the age of 15, and didn't pick up a tenor saxophone until a year later, but had spent her childhood otherwise immersed in largely folk and classical music.  Read more

NYJO Stories: Dan Coulthurst

NYJO Stories: Dan Coulthurst

After initially pursuing a keen interest in classical music, Dan found his true passion in Jazz – particularly Big Band. As a member of NYJO, Dan has been able to explore his love for Jazz, playing in venues around the country. Read more

Get involved


If you’re interested in joining NYJO, get in touch and let us know about yourself and the kind of opportunities you’re looking for. We’re keen to hear something of your playing or to read about the performing you’ve done so far, but also to learn about you, so a combination of show and tell create an ideal introduction. We can’t wait to hear from you!

For more information about our current and upcoming opportunities, how you can take part, or if you’d like to have a chat before applying, please get in touch with NYJO’s Artist Liaison, George Gatehouse, at [email protected]

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