NYJO Presents…BLAKEY The Music of the Messengers with Jean Toussaint

NYJO Presents…BLAKEY The Music of the Messengers with Jean Toussaint

NYJO Presents…BLAKEY The Music of the Messengers with Jean Toussaint

Selected performance:
Monday 13th September

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Line-up: DAN COULTHURST trumpet; JOEL KNEE trombone; JEAN TOUSSAINT tenor sax; MATT JACOBS piano; MATT HOLLICK bass; JACK THOMAS drums

Art Blakey was instrumental in reuniting the African roots of jazz with the innovations of bebop. Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the group he led for over 35 years, was the archetypal hard-bop ensemble of the late 1950’s. Originally formed as a collective of contemporaries, the band became known as an incubator for young talent, including Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, Curtis Fuller, Chuck Mangione, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Cedar Walton, Woody Shaw, Terence Blanchard, and Wynton Marsalis. 

As a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers Jean Toussaint represents a direct line to the core of jazz history. We are honoured to have him continue Blakey’s tradition and share his wisdom with a bespoke ensemble of emerging British talent.


About NYJO Presents

NYJO Presents was built to showcase up and coming talent from across the UK jazz scene during the national lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This grassroots, bottom-up platform was there for plural creative voices to continue to express themselves at the start of their careers, despite of the restrictions in place.

After an amazing run of livestreams featuring the likes of Helena Debono, Rosie Frater-Taylor, Roella Oloro, Karen Shiraishi and Asha Parkinson, NYJO Presents welcomed its first live audience for multi-instrumentalist, Emma Rawicz to coincide with the re-opening of Ronnie Scott’s. This latest series of events will pair established, seasoned professionals with young stars of the future, to explore the work of world-renown jazz icon together.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

NYJO are back for 2021 with a post-lockdown energy you don’t want to miss! Watch some of the most talented young jazz musicians in the UK mix a swingin’ rhythm section and a variety of expressive soloists, into one of the most thrilling jazz orchestras playing right now.

After decades of performing in a variety of venues across the UK and Europe, NYJO has helped launch the careers of many of the country’s most renowned jazz musicians in the process, such as Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Mark Nightingale and Laura Jurd. Expect a programme that explores the history of large ensemble jazz, from its formative years right up to present day. 

The 24-piece orchestra has always proudly provided a gateway for accomplished young musicians to progress into the industry. The band represents a unique opportunity to gain vital experience in professional environments; explore the myriad styles and sounds with the genre; and form new relationships with a range of other musicians.

The Charity

NYJO exists to empower young jazz musicians and inspire music audiences across the UK, through engaging Learning & Participation projects and impactful live performances. Founded in 1965, NYJO has grown from a single jazz orchestra, to a multi-faceted music organisation that champions national music education for young musicians, as well as professional development experiences for those at the onset of their careers.

Throughout all of its activities, NYJO are actively seeking to create a dialogue; between the established and the experimental; the past and the present; with captivating experiences that inspire and entertain.   


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