The Belfast Jazz Orchestra is on the lookout for young musicians to get involved and help keep the music of swing alive.
The band is on the lookout for a new male singer, a keyboard player, and two to three saxophonists and trombonists to join the band for the new season.
Rehearsals start on August 19 at Short’s Recreation Club on the Holywood Road and the Orchestra is particularly keen on young people aged 17 and above coming along to try out for the band. The band performs on the first Monday of every month at the club.
BJO vocalist, Caroline Brown said it was a great opportunity for Northern Ireland’s up and coming talent to come along and experience the thrill of playing live music.
“There is no other experience like playing in a big band in full swing. We are inviting any musicians interested to come along and give it a go!
“I want to encourage young people to become involved in the band. When young people come along and hear the sound of a live big band they are always blown away. I would love to see more 17 and 18-year-olds bring along their instruments to experience the thrill of playing this great music.
She added: “There is a real taste for the music but we need to ensure that younger players are introduced right across the board to bring the next generation along.”
The BJO formed in 1990 and and has played with a host of top musicians including Lee Konitz, Digby Fairweather and Bob Wilber.
Anyone interested in auditioning to play in the orchestra should come along to Short’s Recreation Club on the Holywood Road on August 19 at 8pm.
For more information, contact Caroline Brown on 07801794303