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The National Youth Jazz Ensemble make its debut at The Sugar Club this August.
The NYJE is a new Dublin based big-band jazz ensemble bringing together some of Ireland’s finest jazz musicians. Aimed at those in the midst of, or who have completed third level education, one of the ensemble’s chief aims is to provide a platform through which young musicians can excel. The NYJE’s repertoire will comprise of early swing, modern big band charts, and just about everything in between as well as performances of specially commissioned compositions.
Founded by Kevin Hanafin, Oisin Murtagh, Paul Kiernan and David Conway, and with the support of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the birth of this project will see structures put in place to ensure a continuous programme of learning for Ireland’s finest jazz musicians. By providing a regular rehearsal schedule, ongoing peer support and opportunities to perform at some of Ireland’s best venues, the NYJE will be the ultimate vehicle to launch a career in the world of jazz.
The ensemble’s first gig will take place in the Sugar Club, on the 10th of August. The performance will feature the Irish premier of Duke Ellington’s ‘Nutcracker Suite’ and Bob Curnow’s arrangements of pieces by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays as played by the LA Big Band.
Tickets are €10, and are available online. €5 concession available on the door.