Gateshead International Jazz Festival

Three Nations Under One Groove: National Youth Jazz Orchestra, BuJazzO & NJJO

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This remarkable concert sees the UK’s acclaimed National Youth Jazz Orchestra join forces with its German and Dutch counterparts (Germany’s BuJazzO and NJJO from the Netherlands – aka the “Young Oraje” of jazz) for an evening of exceptional music making from the leading lights of Europe’s next generation of jazz musicians.

Following a hugely successful collaboration between NYJO and BuJazzO in 2014, the two bands resolved to work together again, this time with the Netherland’s Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest – NJJO.

All three ensembles have a maximum age of 25 and comprise the best young jazz musicians from their respective countries.

The concert will feature members of all three bands in a range of combinations led by their three Music Directors.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Europe’s finest emerging jazz talent in action.

The programme includes:
The First Circle (Pat Metheny)
September in the Rain (Warren/Dubin arr. Callum Au)
Dawn Before Dark Before Dawn (Tim Garland)
The Hunt (Armstrong) (“concerto grosso” piece for big band and sextet)
Absolution (Martin Fondse)
Out In The Country with the Lowland Cowboys (Martin Fondse)
A Rosa (Martin Fondse)
Cuban Fire (Johnny Richards)

Speaking about how the project came together, Mark Armstrong, Managing Director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra said:

“The whole concept for “Three Nations Under One Groove” is to demonstrate that jazz is a universal language spoken by young musicians across Europe, with the variety of colours and “jazz dialects” used by all three nations coming together to add nuance and conversation to the repertoire we play.

One key element was that although all three groups brought their own repertoire and players, we would perform as mixed groups rather than separately as NYJO, BuJazzO and NJJO. The music ranged from NYJO’s eclectic mix of arrangements and commissions, original compositions by the NJJO director Martin Fondse, the epic Cuban Fire by Johnny Richards for Stan Kenton, and a “jazz concerto grosso” for big band and small solo group specially written for the project.

The enthusiasm of the response from European audiences confirmed that the experiment was a success and we are looking forward to presenting this again in the UK in late March/early April.”


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