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southampton youth jazz orchestra

southampton youth jazz orchestraThe SYJO comprises some of the very best young jazz musicians there are and is recognised as one of the most successful and creative of its kind in the country. To listen to SYJO please visit www.myspace.com/syjo.

It was founded by the inspirational Dan Mar-Molinero (above right), himself a highly versatile musician, who remains the band's director. Dan, who is head of performing arts at Alton College, Hampshire, is heavily involved with Southampton's music education programme.
The band has won national awards, played at many major venues and jazz festivals and has toured abroad to places such as New York, Boston, Havana and the prestigious Monteux Jazz Festival
in Switzerland.

Its aim is to promote jazz as a living, vibrant art form. Unlike numerous other youth jazz ensembles, the main bulk of SYJO's music focuses on 'cutting-edge' contemporary British jazz.

SYJO has formed very strong links with the professional jazz world, leading to numerous musical collaborations with such jazz giants as Tim Garland, Julian Joseph, Guy Barker and Denys Baptiste. Last year saw SYJO collaborate with Courtney Pine in a recreation of his album Modern Day Jazz Stories. Many ex-SYJO players follow a career in jazz, including the Portico Quartet.

In 2012, the band was selected to perform in the Essentially Ellington festival at The Barbican Hall, London. Only 11 groups out of almost 60 were chosen and Southampton was the only city outside of London to have two groups selected.
Dan Mar-Molinero is involved in both the jazz and pop worlds through his work as a saxophonist, composer, music producer and educator.

A graduate in contemporary classical composition at Sussex University, Dan went on to study jazz at the Guildhall School Of Music. As a saxophonist, he has performed alongside leading jazz and pop performers including Julian Joseph, Billy Cobham and Corrine Bailey-Rae.

His work as a record producer and songwriter has featured on top 20 singles and albums both in the UK and abroad. Dan has written and produced for major artists including Melanie C, Gareth Gates and Lemar. He has written film scores (including BAFTA-nominated Me Reach), music for TV and for various jazz ensembles.