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We asked NYJO staff, board, and musicians for their favourite seasonal music In what is now a long-standing tradition, we have created a playlist with the favourite seasonal music of the extended NYJO ... Read more
Read all about our first-access Learning project, touring secondary schools in North Lincolnshire and Thurrock. Read more
Tuba player and inspirational jazz educator Andy Grappy has joined the NYJO Board. Read more about Andy's experience and what he brings to NYJO. Read more
Read the second of our blog series celebrating Black Women in Jazz, for this year's Black History Month. Words by guest contributor Yewande Adeniran. Read more
Read the first of our blog series celebrating Black Women in Jazz, for this year's Black History Month. Words by guest contributor Yewande Adeniran. Read more
Read about our Jazz Futures project, developed in partnership with Lancashire Music Service, to inspire young people in the county to start their musical journey. Read more
Read all about NYJO's Creative Improvisation project in Cardiff, delivered in partnership with the Cardiff & Vale Music Service as part of our Widening Access programme. Read more
Read about our vocal workshops in June, led by Scarlet Halton and Ranjana Ghatak at our home in Woolwich Works. Read more
New team member Liam Gesoff follows NYJO around the country to find out what we’re all about. Read his thoughts and reflections as he gets to know our work. Read more
Join our music making workshops and release your inner-creativity! These sessions are open to all, but anyone with caring responsibilities living locally is especially encouraged to register. Read more
Read all about NYJO’s creative composition project, delivered in partnership with Durham Music Service and led by Olivia Murphy, aimed at young musicians from Durham to Darlington. Read more
Watch what happened when NYJO partnered with Cumbria Music Hub to host a Jazz weekend residential combining music-making and outdoors activity to overcome rural isolation. Read more
This June, NYJO are running two days of vocal workshops on jazz improvisation and Indian Vocal technique, for young people of all levels of experience aged 12-18. Read more
For International Jazz day, we sat down with Winston, Jennie, and Nancy to talk about their experience in the NYJO Under 18s programme. Read more
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Our Saturday Story
Read about our NYJO Under 18s programme in Woolwich, with two groups, jam sessions, masterclasses, and industry talks.
“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)
“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)
"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
"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."
"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)
"[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
"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
"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
"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
"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."