Carnegie Hall’s newly-formed National Youth Jazz Orchestra – or NYO Jazz for short – are preparing for their first European sojourn during their foundation year.
The 22-member ensemble, comprising the cream of the USA’s young jazz musicians (whose ages span 16-19), were put together earlier this year and after acclaimed US shows are looking forward to showcasing their talentS on an international stage. They’ll be landing in the United Kingdom on 31st July when they are due to perform at The Apex in Bury St. Edmonds. That’s followed by a concert at Cadogan Hall in London on 1st August and four days later, on August 5th, they journey north to Scotland, where they will appear Usher Hall, Edinburgh, as part of the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival.
As a bonus, the NYO will have two special and highly experienced musicians with them – noted trumpeter SEAN JONES will lead the group and be its main soloist while multi-Grammy winning singer, DIANNE REEVES, will feature as a special guest.
Said Sean Jones ahead of the tour: “I look forward to sharing a truly unique educational and cultural experience with the students who will come together this summer to create NYO Jazz, as well as inspiring audiences with memorable performances that place the spotlight on our gifted youth…NYO Jazz will demonstrate that the Big Band is the perfect vehicle to reveal the diversity, scope, and profound ability of jazz music to express the vast dynamics within American music.”
Dianne Reeves is also excited by the prospect of playing with the young group. “It is a joy and an honour to tour with the brilliant young musicians of Carnegie Hall’s NYO Jaz,” she said. “What a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, and aspirations. I know I’ll be inspired and I hope to be a source of the same as we share this musical journey.”
More info here: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Education/Young-Musicians/NYO-Jazz