The best of British youth Jazz

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THE band that launched Amy Winehouse as a jazz singer will be at the Court Theatre in Tring next week.

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra is famous as a glittering showcase for the country’s best young musicians - since its founding by music director Bill Ashton OBE in 1965, most of the current generation of top British jazz musicians have risen through its ranks, often becoming established jazz stars while still playing with the band.

NYJO is known for its unique swinging big band sound - much of its music especially written for the orchestra by British composers, often past and present members of the band.

The music repertoire is huge, covering a wide variety of styles and enjoyed by non-jazz audiences and jazz-lovers alike.

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra will play at the Court Theatre, Tring on Friday, May 20, 8pm.

Call the box office on 07543 560 478 for tickets or go to www.courttheatre.co.uk or pop into Beechwood Fine Foods, 42 Frogmore Street, Tring, HP23 5AU – Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday, 8.30am to 5pm and Sunday, 10.30am to 3pm.