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NYO Jazz in Kassel, Germany

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 7:30 PM Kongress Palais Kassel
Sean Jones by Jimmy Katz, Dianne Reeves by Jerris Madison
Following in the footsteps of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), NYO Jazz makes its debut tour to Europe. This new program for gifted young musicians ages 16–19 from across the country gives the next generation of American jazz players the opportunity to learn from some of today’s top artists and perform as cultural ambassadors for international audiences. NYO Jazz’s program, led by virtuoso trumpeter Sean Jones and featuring Grammy Award–winning vocalist Dianne Reeves as special guest, ranges from standards written for the Duke Ellington and Count Basie jazz orchestras to contemporary arrangements that showcase the diversity and scope of American music—and of the big band itself.


Sean Jones, Bandleader and Trumpet

with Special Guest
Dianne Reeves, Vocals



JONES “Tip Toe”

WAYNE SHORTER "Speak No Evil” (arr. Igmar Thomas)

SEAN JONES “The Ambitious Violet” (arr. John Clayton, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

GAYE “Got To Give It Up” (arr. Etienne Charles)

FOSTER “Shiny Stockings” (arr. Frank Foster)

COLTRANE Giant Steps (arr. Frank Foster)

LOESSER “If I Were a Bell” (arr. John Clayton)

MICHAEL LEGRAND / ALAN BERGMAN / MARILYN BERGMAN “The Windmills of Your Mind” (arr. Peter Martin)

DUKE “Someday” (arr. John Beasly)

JULE STYNE / BETTY COMDEN / ADOLPH GREEN “Make Someone Happy” (arr. John Beasley)

JOHN CLAYTON “I Be Serious ’bout Dem Blues”


WYCLIFFE GORDON "Medley: We’re Still Here / He’s Alright” (arr. Wycliffe Gordon)


Venue Information

Kongress Palais Kassel
Stadthalle Hall
Holger-Börner-Platz 1
34119 Kassel, Germany
Venue Website

Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; and Beatrice Santo Domingo.

Major support has been provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Clive Gillinson.

Additional support has been provided by the Arison Arts Foundation; Bank of America; and The Netherland-America Foundation.

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