Welcome to Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra
In the formal language of its Constitution, "the object of KYJO shall be to advance, improve, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation of the art and science of Big Band Jazz for young musicians up to the age of 18, by the presentation of public big band concerts, band workshops and any other events to promote its charitable purpose that the Committee may from time to time decide."
It’s all in the name: Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra 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 practise at bi-weekly rehearsals leading to performances at major concert venues, jazz clubs and festivals as well as attending jazz workshops organised by KYJO's management or associates.
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 its patrons Derek Nash and Steve Waterman.
Wherever they perform, under the dynamic direction of saxophonist Mike Austin, himself a graduate of the band, these youngsters are guaranteed to raise the roof.
To find out more about joining, supporting or hiring KYJO, click on the appropriate tab above or picture below.