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National Youth Jazz Orchestra


One of Britain’s longest-running ensembles for young people under 25 playing big-band jazz. Founded by Bill Ashton OBE in 1965.

PortraitSimon Phillips
dr *1957 GB
PortraitSimon Gardner
alp, tr GB
PortraitJamie Talbot
as *1960 GB
PortraitShorty Rogers
tr, fh 1924-1994 US
PortraitNeil Sidwell
alp, tb
PortraitPaul Spong
PortraitFayyaz Virji
tb TZ
Mark Chandler
tr, fh
PortraitNigel Barr
tb, eu GB
Jane Hanna
Pete North
PortraitAndy Vinter
ep, p
PortraitBill Ashton
perc *1936 GB
PortraitPaul Weimar
sax GB
PortraitMike Smith
dr, perc GB
Nick Gallant
Michael O'Gorman
Richard Symons
Chris Watson
bvoc, acg GB
PortraitPaul Higgs
tr, voc GB
PortraitLitsa Davies
voc, perc
Adrian Bullers
Hazel Peat
Ralph Pearson
tb GB
Jack Pennington
Julian Crook
David Hage
b GB
Gerald Levy
Popular Tracks   
Main Theme - From “The Man with the Golden Arm” on 100 Greatest Film Themes by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Main Theme - From "Bullitt" on 100 Greatest Film Themes by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Suite - From "Dirty Harry" on 100 Greatest Film Themes by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Rush Hour on Nyjo Fifty by National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Riffin' the Griffin on A View from the Hill by National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Feeling Good on The Change by National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Main Theme - From "Walk on the Wild Side" on The Essential Elmer Bernstein Film Music Collection by Elmer Bernstein & The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Main Theme - From "Touch of Evil" on Jazz in Film by National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Main Theme - From "The Taking of Pelham 123" on Jazz in Film by National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Have You Seen Them Cakes on A Night At Ronnie Scott's - Volume Seven by Various Artists

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
NYJO FiftyNational Youth Jazz Orchestra2015Album
The ChangeNational Youth Jazz Orchestra2012Album
Ultra Modern ClassicsNational Youth Jazz Orchestra2012Album
A Christmas CarolNational Youth Jazz Orchestra2010Album
When You're ReadyNational Youth Jazz Orchestra, Evan Jolly Special Guest John Dankworth2008Album
London PrideNational Youth Jazz Orchestra2006Album
Two SuitesNational Youth Jazz Orchestra2005Album
Jazz In FilmNational Youth Jazz Orchestra2004Album
Something Old, Something NewNational Youth Jazz Orchestra feat. Atila Huseyin2004Album
JasmineNational Youth Jazz Orchestra2003Album
The Very Best Of The NYJONational Youth Jazz Orchestra2001Compil.
Who's Blue?National Youth Jazz Orchestra feat. Sumudu Jayatilaka1999Album
47 Frith StreetNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1998Album
Stepping StonesNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1998Album
With One VoiceNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1997Album
This Time Live At The ClubNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1997Album
These Are The JokesNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1996Album
Unison In All ThingsNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1996Album
AlgarhythmsNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1996Album
A View From The HillNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1996Album
In ControlNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1995Album
Cottoning OnNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1995Album
Lisboa De FeiraFernando Tordo, National Youth Jazz Orchestra1995Album
HallmarkNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1994Album
A Merry Christmas and A Happy New YearNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1993Album
Looking Forward - Looking BackNational Youth Jazz Orchestra Featuring Jacqui Hicks1992Album
RemembranceNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1991Album
PortraitsNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1990Album
Cookin' With GasNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1990Album
Where Is The Music?Lorraine Craig, National Youth Jazz Orchestra1988Single
Maltese CrossNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1988Album
Shades Of Blue And GreenLorraine Craig & National Youth Jazz Orchestra1988Album
Plays Paul Hart Concerto For Guitar & Jazz OrchestraJohn Williams, National Youth Jazz Orchestra - Paul Hart1987Album
Concrete CowsNational Youth Jazz Orchestra Featuring John Dankworth1986Album
With An Open MindNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1986Album
LondonNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1985Single
Full ScoreNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1985Album
NYJO Playing TurkeyNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1983Album
Why Don't They Write Songs Like This Any More?Litsa Davies With The National Youth Jazz Orchestra1983Album
Why Don't They Write Songs Like This Any More?National Youth Jazz Orchestra1983Single
NYJO Down UnderNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1981Album
The Sherwood Forest SuiteNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1980Album
'Eave 'O (Bring The Mary Rose Up)National Youth Jazz Orchestra1979Single
Mary RoseNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1979Album
Mary RoseNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1979Single
To Russia With JazzNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1978Album
In CAMRANational Youth Jazz Orchestra1977Album
Return TripNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1976Album
MarianneNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1976Single
11 Plus NYJO Live At LWTNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1976Album
GatecrasherNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1974Single
N.Y.J.O.National Youth Jazz Orchestra1973Album
National Youth Jazz OrchestraNational Youth Jazz Orchestra1971Album
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