NYJO Celebrates Amy Winehouse

Date:Sun 28 Nov 2021
Time:Doors 7pm
Venue:J1 (standing show)
Price:£20 adv

NYJO alumna Amy Winehouse is undoubtably one of the greatest musical talents to come out of the UK.

Her unmistakable character, vocal dexterity and masterful songwriting made her a pop icon. Her tragic passing makes her one of the most sorely missed artists in recent memory. Now, ten years on, her music still shines, undiminished, in all its defiant brilliance. This concert series celebrates Amy’s enduring legacy, reimagining hits and revisiting early works she sang with the 24-piece National Youth Jazz Orchestra as a promising 16-year-old singer, back in 2000. We aim to honour her life, and her work, with a performance that fans of big band jazz, and Amy obsessives will enjoy. 


Music Director: Winston Rollins

One of the UK's most in-demand brass instrumentalists, his credits as a writer, arranger, trombonist & producer read like a who's who of pop iconoclasts: James Brown, Ray Charles, Paloma Faith, Chaka Khan, Jamiroquai, Tom Jones, Spice Girls, Cee Lo Green, Laura Mvula, Rag ’n’ Bone Man, Jools Holland, Joss Stone & Amy Winehouse. Having worked on Amy's Frank album, Rollins is the perfect guide through this ambitious marriage of jazz & pop.


Arrangements: Oliva Murphy

Olivia Murphy is an award-winning composer, saxophonist and improviser based in Birmingham. Olivia has always had a passion for large ensemble jazz and was the first and only two-time winner of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Composition and Arranging Prize in 2018 & 2019. After graduating, Olivia was thrilled to be given the composer chair for NYJO in January 2020. As well her ongoing work with NYJO, Olivia has also worked with Birmingham Jazz Orchestra, the University of Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and other new music large ensembles. She also enjoys writing for her own smaller bands and most recently, Olivia was commissioned by Stoney Lane Records to compose, perform and record in isolation a 20 minute set for her trio (soprano saxophone, voice, piano). The resulting suite ’Tomorrow's Songs' was released for the Around The Houses Festival in August 2020. 


Vocalist: Lucy-Anne Daniels

Lucy-Anne’s versatile vocal style has been shaped by the likes of gospel duo Mary Mary, Amy Winehouse and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few, the latter of which inspired her to beginning singing Jazz after she heard Fitzgerald’s rendition of Someone to Watch Over Me.  


About NYJO

NYJO exists to empower young jazz musicians and inspire music audiences across the UK, through engaging Learning & Participation projects and impactful live performances. Founded in 1965, NYJO has grown from a single jazz orchestra of young musicians, to a multi-faceted organisation that seeks to both improve jazz education nationally, and nurture the talent of young professionals at the start of their careers. NYJO is actively seeking to create a dialogue; between the established and the experimental; the past and the present; with captivating experiences that inspire and entertain.

Doors & Bar open 7pm.

Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult.

All prices shown include booking fees.


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