Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra and WYJO2 with special guests Georgina Jackson and Pete Long
After acquiring a strange and unfashionable obsession with Jazz and Big Band music at an early age (and in Wigan!), Georgina Jackson began her musical career working as a professional trumpet player working with many famous faces and Big Bands in Concert Halls, television and radio. Harbouring a desire to wear a posh frock rather than the same as ‘the lads’ in the band, Georgina decided to make a dash for the front mike! Georgina has since appeared with the BBC Big Band, BBC Concert Orchestra, recorded two CDs and is the resident singer with the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra. Last year, Georgina was one of the Headline performers at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hollywood, co-hosting the opening concert with Arturo Sandoval.
The multi-talented Jackson has a vocal presence that is satin, tonally splendid and finger beckoningly seductive…she instinctively demos how to rhythmically milk the best and most meaningful out of both lyric and melody Jazz Times
Georgina is the real deal Clare Martin
Georgina is really very good indeed, a talent definitely worth supporting…top form Sir Michael Parkinson
That was amazing….The real deal….I never thought I’d fall in love with a girl from Wigan, but tonight I did Sir Bruce Forsyth
Pete Long has worked with a diversity of artists including: Jamie Cullum, Sir Elton John, Lionel Richie, Stereophonics, Sir Tom Jones, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Georgie Fame, Sting, Jools Holland, Sir Paul McCartney, Ray Davis, Sir John Dankworth, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dionne Warwick, Jane MacDonald, Chick Chorea, John Scofield and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few! Pete is currently musical director of the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Big Band.
…he’s a national treasure Clive Davis, The Times
WYJO have performed at an impressive number of events and venues around the region including the Pershore and Upton Jazz festivals, Huntingdon Hall, The Swan, No.8 and Artrix theatres, Caldwell Castle, Himley Hall and big band weekends in Hayling Island and Weston-Super-Mare. Averaging 10 public and private performances a year throughout the county and further afield, WYJO is certainly kept busy flying the flag for Severn Arts . WYJO has performed with: Alan Barnes Bruce Adams, Trevor Emney, Pete Long, Mark Nightingale, John Ruddick MBE, Percy Pursglove and Julian Siegel. WYJO have recorded two CD’s,The Horn Ultimatum and The Horn Legacy and have also recorded the music for an episode of a Dutch children’s TV show "Dip & Dap".
WYJO2 was started in 2008 to feed the main WYJO and continues to go from strength to strength, performing several independent gigs each year. WYJO2 have performed with: Alan Barnes, Pete Long, Bruce Adams, John Ruddick MBE, Mark Nightingale and Trevor Emney in concert and have taken part in workshops at the Upton Jazz Festival with Andy Bain, Percy Pursglove, Jonathan Silk and Jeremy Price.
Sunday 7th May 2017 at 7pm
£7.50 - over 60s, under 16s & students