Wanted to share this article on the ‘Legacy of Amy Winehouse: Youths heralding the rebirth of jazz age’ online in the Express.
” Believe it or not, despite being generations and an ocean apart, there is a direct link between Amy Winehouse and Frankie Laine: the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
When Laine toured the UK in the late 1980s the young swingers were his first choice of backing band, while a teenage Winehouse was a regular at NYJO’s Saturday rehearsals before she rose to fame.
The band’s founder, Bill Ashton, has said “she had the best jazz voice of any young singer I had ever heard.
NYJO is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary with gusto, a string of live performances and a double album – NYJO Fifty.
Established by Ashton in October 1965 as the London Schools Jazz Orchestra, it quickly acquired a reputation for excellent musicianship belying its members’ tender years.
The list of musical luminaries who have come through the NYJO finishing school includes trumpeter and bandleader Guy Barker, Strictly Come Dancing musical director Dave Arch, pianist Joe Stilgoe and saxophonist Ben Castle, son of the great entertainer Roy Castle.”
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