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Doncaster Jazz Orchestra

Sun 11 09 2022 @ 2:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Doncaster Jazz Orchestra

11 September 2022, Crookes Social Club
2.30 – 4.45 pm, doors open 2.00pm.  This gig is definitely on

Trumpets: Tom Tait, Damian Bell, Gareth Smith, James Hamilton, Mike King, Reuben Fowler: Saxes: Mark Ellis, Cat Miles, Myvanwy Smith, Nadim Teimoori, Sarah Potts, Mark Sabin: Trombones: Lee Hallam, Rory Ingham, Richard Potts, Jonathan Read. Rhythm: Matt Robinson, Martin Longhawn (p) Paul Baxter, Sean Hodgson (b) Joe Sykes (d)   (photo credit Carl Hyde)

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This special gig will feature a really great big band – the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra – whose local name belies the national prominence of its musicians. Those appearing are professional musicians who have a long-standing relationship with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. Some – including Reuben Fowler, Rory Ingham, Matt Robinson and Nadim Teimoori – have jazz recording credits as contributors or key members of leading UK bands. Check out these and the other musicians mentioned above online to see the star names with whom they have collaborated. In October the orchestra is recording an album to celebrate its 50th anniversary and for this gig they will feature material that will appear on the album in a stylistically diverse programme of music.  

Since their first downbeat in 1973, the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association have been supporting the young musicians of today who will help shape the jazz scene tomorrow. With credits including Quincy Jones, Gil Evans, the BBC Big Band, Jools Holland, Jamiroquai and the Royal Philharmonic, DYJA have alumni all around the world performing at the highest level.

To celebrate 50 years of the Jazz Association, DYJA and their founder John Ellis MBE are welcoming back many of their former members to take part in a series of concerts culminating in a recorded project with their top-tier ensemble, the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra. Featuring a stylistically diverse programme, DJO will be performing works by luminaries including Bob Florence, Bob Brookmeyer, Francy Boland, Sammy Nestico, Tom Kubis and Bob Mintzer. The orchestra will also celebrate icons of British jazz, playing original compositions by Allan Ganley, Al Wood, Laurence Cottle and Steve Parry, as well as pieces from within the orchestra.

Featuring some of the finest soloists and ensemble players in the UK, the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra continues to receive critical acclaim. Having been voted the BBC Radio Big Band of the Year, DJO’s mission has taken them around the globe. They have performed at concert venues including Ronnie Scott’s, London and the United Nations, New York, and guest artists include Thad Jones, Cat Anderson, Stan Tracy, Ronnie Scott, Humphrey Littleton, Barbara Thompson and Slide Hampton.

“…one of the most talented young bands Great Britain has to offer…” – Jack Bowers, ‘All About Jazz’

“There is not a working musician in London who doesn’t know someone that came through the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association.”– Charles Alexander, ‘Jazzwise’

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Ticket Prices

Full – £10
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £8
Student with NUS card, 15 – 17 year, DYJA members – £5
Under 15s – Free

We encourage you to book tickets online in advance, to avoid missing out and to make life easier and safer for our Door Team.  It will be possible to pay for entry at the door (preferably by contactless payment) if seats are available.

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Sun 11 09 2022
2:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


Crookes Social Club
Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD + Google Map
0114 266 0114