A jazz big band from the United States recently presented a concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Shanghai.
This is the first time Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra is touring China. The 23 y上海千花坊
oung musicians aged 16 to 19 were selected from across the US. And after two weeks’of intensive training in New
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e Performing Arts in Beijing, said Sean Jones, a renowned trumpeter and mentor of NYO Jazz.上海千花坊
In Shanghai NYO Jazz played two concerts including the show at Jazz at Lincoln Cen
ter, which featured a casual and intimate setting. The other show was at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.上海千花坊
The orchestra had an open rehearsal before the concert at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in Shanghai. And
80 members of the public took part in the rehearsal, many of whom were parents with their school-age children.
上海千花坊女神会所Fourteen-year old Zhao Junhuan who was there with his father swayed in his seat to the rhy
thm of the music. Zhao, who has spent three years learning to play the drums, was impressed with the Am
erican boys’ performance, but said: “I will be able to play as well as them when I am their age”.上海千花坊
Shanghai-based music critic Gu Chao said that the young musicians showed e
xcellent technique that their performance was beyond his expectation. “What
these lacked in experience, they made up with their love for music,” he said.上海千花坊 女神会所”Watching them play I was conv
inced that jazz is alive and contemporary, and far from being outdated.”
Carnegie Hall in New York is one of the most celebrated concert halls in the world. And since 2013 the institution has
been bringing together outstanding musicians aged between 16 and 19 to form the NYO-USA, and NYO2, an inten上海千花坊
sive summer training program for outstanding young musicians aged 14 to 17. In 2018, Car
negie Hall launched the NYO Jazz program, celebrating the big band tradition in American jazz music.
This year the 23 young musicians from 16 states in the US, led by acclaimed trumpeter Sean Jones and Grammy Award-上海千花坊女神会所
winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling embarked on a tour to China after a concert at the Carnegie Hall.
Speaking about the band, Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie上海千花坊
Hall, said: “The musicians who make up NYO Jazz’s 2019 roster are among the finest jazz players in the nati
on, passionate not only about music, but also dedicated to connecting with people across cultures.
“This summer promises to be a truly memorable on上海千花坊女神会所
e of life-changing experiences through unparalleled training wit
h esteemed jazz artists and extraordinary performances of America’s beloved art form aro
und the world as they serve as wonderful musical ambassadors for their country.”