National Youth Jazz Collective turns 10

Julian Joseph and Dave Holland

Dave Holland and Julian Joseph will lead the celebrations in London

Since 2007, the NYJC charity has been uncovering the UK’s finest young jazz talent and treating them to an in-depth week of tutoring and playing: discovering and learning with others of their own age and stage.

To celebrate the organisation’s 10th birthday, a whole day of workshops and concerts have been organised next Saturday 12 August at Kings Place near Kings Cross in London, and an exhibition will showcase 100 years of recorded jazz.

Leading musicians from the UK jazz scene will perform in the all-star evening concert, including some unique collaborations (For example, NYJC President Dave Holland and Vice President Julian Joseph will be performing together for the first time).

NYJC Founder and Artistic Director Issie Barratt says: “It will be like a kaleidoscope. We want to celebrate the musicians in the room (all of whom have close ties to NYJC) alongside all the people they have played with over the years. Together, they have written a large part of our jazz history, with all its different heritages and styles – I want the evening to celebrate in a unique, once-in-a-lifetime way the incredible variety of British jazz.”

The full day schedule: Saturday 12 August

10:30 Morning workshops – ages 8–18
10:30 Exhibition is Open
12:30 Lunchtime Blast from regional ensembles, CLE & alumni (Foyer and Hall Two)
3:00 Summer School 2017 final concert (Hall One)
7:30 10th Birthday All Star Concert (Hall One)

The all star lineup

Bass: Dave Holland, Mark Hodgson
Piano: Julian Joseph, Nikki Iles, Nikki Yeoh, Tom Hewson
Drums: Mark Mondesir, Nic France
Guitar: Dominic Ashworth
Vibraphone: Orphy Robinson 
Trumpet: Digby Fairweather, Chris Batchelor, Laura Jurd
Saxophones: Tori Freestone, Martin Speake, Karen Sharp, Mick Foster 
Trombone: Malcolm Earle Smith 
Vocals: Norma Winstone, Cleveland Watkiss

Tickets for the evening concert are available at, all profits will go to the work of NYJC.

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