National Youth Jazz Orchestra -][- THE CHANGE –Mp3– [NYJO, 2012] –
NYJO is world-famous as a glittering showcase for the country’s best young musicians. Since NYJO’s founding, by Music Director Bill Ashton OBE in 1965, most of the current generation of top British jazz musicians have risen through its ranks, often becoming established jazz stars whilst still playing with the band. One of NYJO’s aims is to share the talents of exciting young players with as wide a potential audience as possible.
NYJO is known for its unique swinging big band sound. Much of its music is especially written for the orchestra by British composers, often past and present members of the band. The music repertoire is huge, covering a wide variety of styles suitable for different occasions. NYJO’s concerts can be enjoyed by non-jazz audiences and jazz-lovers alike. Another of NYJO’s aims is to raise the profile of jazz, especially amongst young people, and so schools’ concerts are an important part of NYJO’s schedule. -[Excerpt | About NYJO]-