Listen to the new DYJO mini-album “New Grooves” from the Bandcamp website. These recordings were made in late 2020 at Hanover Hall, the home of the Dunedin Jazz Club. All tracks are original compositions by band director Bill Martin and feature solos by many of our young players. You can download the whole album for $4 (or more if you would like to make a donation!)
Visit the Dunedin Youth Jazz Orchestra page on the Bandcamp website
The Dunedin Youth Jazz Orchestra is a Big Band for musicians under the age of 25. The DYJO is currently directed by club director, Bill Martin, and performs at DJC events as the house band.
The DYJO brings together the best improvising talent from around Dunedin and provides an opportunity for university students and young adults to perform in a jazz ensemble after leaving high.
The DYJO was formed in 2019 after the inaugural Dunedin Youth Jazz Festival, an event in which High School Big Bands and Small Combos compete annually for group awards. After the first DYJF, it was clear that there was a pool of highly talented young instrumentalists who would benefit from the opportunity to play in a selective jazz ensemble beyond their school years.
New members – including players from outside of Dunedin – are welcome to audition for the DYJO. The next round of auditions will be held at Hanover Hall on Wednesday March 2, 4:30pm.