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Welcome to Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra

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It’s all in the name. Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra (KYJO to its friends) is a group of talented young musicians playing an exciting mix of jazz standards, jazz-rock and jazz-funk. They come from across the county to perform at major concert venues, jazz clubs and festivals as well as running jazz workshops in Kent and further afield.

The Canterbury and Sevenoaks Festivals are just two events appearing regularly on the gig list and the band has shared the bill with some top names in the jazz world, including Digby Fairweather, Derek Nash and Steve Waterman.

Wherever they perform, under the dynamic direction of trombonist, percussionist and keyboard player Mr Graham Mann, himself a graduate of the band, these youngsters are guaranteed to raise the roof.

For information about membership, joining KYJO, gigs / performances / jazz workshops or hire of KYJO please contact us via our contact form by clicking here.




Sevenoaks Summer Festival Jazz Workshop with Steve Waterman – Tues 25th June 2019 – 7pm – 9.30pm

Young musicians, between 11 and 18 with an interest in playing an exciting mix of Jazz styles are invited to join KYJO in an open rehearsal led by celebrated jazz trumpeter and patron of KYJO, Steve Waterman with KYJO’s Musical Director’s Graham Mann and Mike Austin.

This Jazz Workshop is kindly hosted by The New Beacon School, Brittains Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2PB.  For all young players Grade 4 or above on Saxophone, Trombone, Bass, Flute, Guitar, Drums, Trumpet, Keys, Percussion.  To sign up please complete the registration form by clicking on the link below and e-mail this to KYJO.