Do you want to learn how to play an instrument? Perhaps you play an instrument already and want to learn how to move across into the jazz genre? Or maybe you’re a budding or accomplished young jazz musician already and would relish the opportunity of learning from the best?
In partnership with the National Youth Jazz Organisation and proudly sponsored by Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation and the Doncaster Music Hub, Doncaster Youth Jazz Association is excited to be hosting the first Supa-Dupa Big Band Bonanza between Friday 16th and Sunday 18th September 2016 aimed at attracting anyone and everyone interested in learning or listening to jazz from across the Yorkshire region.
On Friday DYJA and NYJO Jazz Ambassadors will be engaging with Doncaster secondary school students, and on Saturday a range of workshops designed to encourage budding young musicians develop their jazz talents will aim to attract a regional audience to the CAST theatre and the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association Centre on Beckett Road. Details of these workshops and how to book onto them can be found on the DYJA events pages. A team of support Ambassadors will be on hand to encourage, discuss and support young musicians. “This is an unmissable weekend” says John Ellis MBE. “We have a unique opportunity in providing a focused learning experience for the next generation of jazz musicians and lovers. Learning from the likes of Mark Armstrong (Musical Director NYJO) or Dennis Rollins (Associate Musical Director DYJA) as well as being exposed to the high standards of jazz expertise from the country’s finest young musicians on our very own doorsteps should be on every student’s priority list.”
The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is Britain’s longest-running ensemble for young people up to 25 playing big-band jazz. Its mission is to perform exceptional music to excite audiences and engage with young people of all backgrounds around the country. In addition to the main performing orchestra, the organisation also operates the weekly NYJO Academy which contains several training bands and a vocal ensemble, and a nationwide series of inspirational workshops and educational events which inspire children and young people with a love of music and jazz. The organisation has helped launch the careers of many of the UK’s most-renowned jazz musicians including Amy Winehouse. Sir John Dankworth CBE “From an educational point of view, I think that NYJO in 2016 is one of our most valuable institutions in this country. The Hon.Richard C. Lyttelton, Former President of EMI Classics and Jazz.
The weekend culminates in an unmissable Supa-Dupa Big Band Bonanza held at the CAST theatre, Doncaster from 2;30pm onwards where NYJO will be performing alongside DYJA’s very own NYJO. Tickets are now available to buy through the CAST box office.