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We nurture emerging professionals

We curate exciting performance projects for an eclectic mix of emerging professional musicians and audiences, underpinned by an inspiring professional development programme.

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

We engage younger musicians

Our Learning team are driven to create high quality, accessible learning activities for all, providing young people with impactful tools for personal growth.

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

We build communities

We are passionate about responding to and representing our communities, both locally and nationally, in physical and digital spaces.

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

Support us

Support the future of jazz

Can you help us nurture a nation of young jazz musicians?

Join our passionate community of Friends, grant-making organisations or corporate sponsors at a level that suits you and share your love of jazz with the next generation.

Our team

Susie York Skinner

Susie
York Skinner

Chief Executive

Susie leads NYJO and the team.

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Mark Armstrong

Mark
Armstrong

Artistic Director

Mark looks after NYJO's music and musicians.

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Mariana Curado

Mariana
Curado

Communications Manager

Mariana works in audience development.

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Debbie Forwood

Debbie
Forwood

Head of Development

Debbie leads our fundraising department.

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Case studies

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.   Tell me 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.  Tell me 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)