A varied programme that celebrates the big band sound – from Basie and Ellington to hip-hop and R&B.
Sean Jones Trumpet/Bandleader
Dianne Reeves Vocalist
Showcasing American music for big band from Basie and Ellington to today's jazz greats The International Festival's spectacular six-concert celebration of some of the world's finest youth ensembles continues with one of the globe's most dynamic youth groups.
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of the USA – or NYO Jazz – was founded just this year at New York’s Carnegie Hall. It brings together some of America’s most outstanding young jazz musicians aged 16 to 19, in an exuberant celebration of a uniquely American musical genre. It’s directed by renowned jazz trumpeter and composer Sean Jones.
Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves – compared with Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald for her powerful voice and big personality – joins NYO Jazz for classic numbers. The orchestra explores music across a broad genre, from Duke Ellington and Count Basie through to hip-hop and R&B.
★★★★★ "the young players showed an invigorating collective discipline, slipping from swing to Latin to jazz-rock backbeat without turning a hair" - The Scotsman