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Tonight’s programme will celebrate female contributions to jazz through history; as instrumentalists, such as 1930’s trombonist Melba Liston; as composers like Mary-Lou Williams and Maria Schneider; as band-leaders, lyricists and more, including Lil Hardin Armstrong.
National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)
NYJO is world-famous as a glittering showcase for the UK’s best young jazz musicians. Under the direction of Mark Armstrong, the orchestra deftly mixes established classics from the big band repertoire, new work by composers at the leading-edge of the art-form and special arrangements by band members. From a hard-swinging rhythm section to a raft of hugely talented young soloists, this is a band in fine form. “Don’t believe the hype: if you seriously want to hear the best of what’s to come, check out the many NYJO projects… The National Youth Jazz Orchestra [is] a vibrant, diverse collective of bands that give voice to all that’s different, young and exciting in Brit jazz.” Jazzwise Magazine, Who to Look Out For in 2016.
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Yazz Ahmed is a British Bahraini trumpet and flugelhorn player. Since releasing Finding My Way Home in 2011, British-Bahraini trumpet player, Yazz has emerged as a distinctive voice on the UK Jazz scene, both as a soloist and composer. Yazz won great reviews for her debut at Ronnie Scott’s, leading her own quintet and in opening the Jazz In The Round series at the Cockpit Theatre with her vibraphone and bass trio. Since then, she has performed with her small ensembles at the Vortex, the National Portrait Gallery, opened the 2013 Manchester Jazz Festival, performed at the Museum of Modern Art, Kuwait, the Alfa Jazz Festival in Ukraine, and the 17th European Festival in Algeria. Yazz has also played flugelhorn on Radiohead’s album The King of Limbs and The King Of Limbs Live From The Basement, which was screened worldwide during July 2011.
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Laura Jurd is a British award-winning trumpet player, composer and bandleader and BBC New Generation Artist for 2015-2017. Highly active throughout the UK scene, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most creative young musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years.
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