NYO Jazz – Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Date: 1 August 2024 
Venue: Opera Theatre

Sean Jones – Artistic Director, Trumpet, and Bandleader 
with special guest Alicia Olatuja – Vocals 

And featuring Afrika Mkhize – Piano
as well as the Shine Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Natalie Rungan, as opening act.

For the very first time in Africa, hear the brand-new lineup of NYO Jazz as they perform under the leadership of trumpet great Sean Jones. This remarkable ensemble, created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in 2018, annually brings together some of the most outstanding teen jazz musicians from across the United States, following a comprehensive and highly competitive audition process, to train, perform, and tour with some of the world’s greatest artists while also serving as music ambassadors to audiences around the globe.  This season, NYO Jazz welcomes guest vocalist Alicia Olatuja, who has been praised by The New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone” 

As NYO Jazz’s profile continues to grow, it becomes even more exciting to hear its latest accomplishments. The diverse programme will include a Carnegie Hall-commissioned work by South African composer Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane, big band classics by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Mary Lou Williams, and new arrangements, as NYO Jazz showcases jazz as a living and limitless art form.  

NYO Jazz’s historic visit to South Africa will include debut performances in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, and marks the first time that one of Carnegie Hall’s three acclaimed national youth ensembles will perform on the African continent. It follows successful international tours by NYO Jazz to some of the most prestigious concert halls and music festivals across Europe, Asia, and the United States.  

“The group… performs at a level of musicianship far beyond their years.” – Washington Informer

“You could be pretty confident you were hearing some stars of tomorrow” – The Times, UK

Presented by Carnegie Hall in association with The Playhouse Company.

Tour produced by Arte Viva Management.

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg

Duration: 110 minute with interval.