NYJO - National Youth Jazz Orchestra

NYJO - National Youth Jazz Orchestra

NYJO - National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Selected performance:
Tuesday 1st January - Wednesday 2nd January

SUPPORT ACT: The support act this evening will be a NYJO Quintet comprising Tom Ridout (tenor sax), Harry Evans (trumpet), Joe Hill (piano), Jack Tustin (bass) and David Dyson (drums).


NYJO is a band in blistering form, fresh from a recent tour of Germany and the Netherlands with the Bundesjazzorchester and Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest. Under the direction of Mark Armstrong, NYJO promises a thrilling night of big band jazz as they take the stand in the world’s most famous jazz club. Classics from the big band canon sit alongside brand new commissions and arrangements in this world class big band featuring some of the UK’s finest young jazz musicians.

This is a particularly special evening for NYJO, as the organisation launches its partnership with Natixis Global Asset Management. Natixis has chosen to support NYJO as the flagship organisation for youth jazz in the UK, and will help the orchestra as it continues to foster the next generation of leading British jazz musicians, as well as delivering a nationally significant education programme and international tours.



Already the presenting sponsor of the legendary Newport Jazz Festival since 2010 and associated jazz scholarship and education programmes, Natixis shares mutual aims with NYJO of supporting jazz at the highest level, developing emerging talent and helping young musicians fulfil their potential. Natixis Global Asset Management is the Presenting Sponsor of NYJO's Artistic and Music Director.



The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is Britain’s premier ensemble for young people (under 26) playing big-band jazz. Its mission is to perform exceptional music to excite audiences and engage with young people of all backgrounds around the UK and beyond. Founded in 1965, when British jazz education was in its infancy, NYJO and its training bands have nurtured the careers of many internationally celebrated musicians including Guy Barker, Mark Nightingale, Gerard Presencer and Amy Winehouse.


NYJO performs around 40 gigs a year in the UK, almost all closely associated with workshops and educational events intended to inspire children and young people with a love of music and jazz. NYJO also operates a weekly London-based Academy, which contains several training bands and a vocal ensemble.

Line up confirmed:

Alto saxophone

Jim Gold

Sam Glaser

Tenor saxophone

David Healey

Tom Ridout

Baritone saxophone

Jessamy Holder


Tom Walsh

Christos Stylianides

Tom Syson

Harry Evans

Jake Labazzi


Chris Valentine

Maddie Dowdeswell

David Sear

Danny Barley

Bass Trombone

James Maund


Maria Rehakova

French Horn

Anna Drysdale


Joe Hill


Jack Tustin


Nick Fitch


David Dyson


Max Mills


Clara Serra-Lopez





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