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Doncaster Jazz Alumni

25 Feb 2024 14:30 - 16:45 (Doors open 14:00)

Following their highly successful gig in 2022, the Doncaster Jazz Alumni (formerly known as Doncaster Jazz Orchestra), a really great big band whose local name belies the national prominence of its musicians, returns for another special gig. 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 bands. Check out all the musicians mentioned online to see the star names with whom they have collaborated. Expect another stylistically diverse programme of music with all the proceeds again going to the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. If you are able to do so, please make a donation, which will all go to supporting the Association.

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) 


Full – £12.00
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £10.00
Student with NUS card, 15 – 17 year, DYJA members – £5.00
Under 15s – Free

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Since their first downbeat in 1973, the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association and their founder John Ellis MBE 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.


Featuring some of the finest soloists and ensemble players in the UK, the DJO 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. All proceeds from the performance will go towards keeping DYJA alive for future generations.


“…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’