National Jazz Orchestra
After more than a century of uninterrupted development and innovation, jazz has won a great deal of recognition. To defend an art form recognized worldwide as one of the most representative, most inventive and rigorous of the twentieth century, the creation of a large jazz orchestra in this country was paramount.
Created in 2012, the National Jazz Orchestra (NJO) ??is a unique ensemble in Canada that brings together conductors and instrumentalists of the highest caliber. Its mission is to commission, present and record new works, interpret works from the world repertoire, invite the greatest national and international artists, and raise public awareness about the contribution and importance of jazz in musical culture.
Since its foundation, the NJO has offered nearly 50 concerts, produced 2 CDs and collaborated with more than 100 of the best national and international jazz musicians. Aware of societal as well as musical issues, the ONJ gives equal preference to women, to the next generation and to members of cultural and indigenous communities.
At the 21st edition of the Opus Awards Gala 2018, the NJO won 2 prizes:
- Record of the Year - Jazz, Under the Influence Suite, composition and direction by Christine Jensen featuring singer and songwriter Sienna Dahlen, on Justin Time Records label.
- Concert of the year - Jazz, composition, scenography and direction by John Hollenbeck featuring singer Theo Bleckmann, at GESÙ in July 2017 at the Montreal International Jazz Festival (FIJM).
What People Are Saying
"WHAT’S HOT IN JAZZ IN 2015? "
— Colette Schryburt, Read More
"This excellent live performance recording ... resonates beauty and life. No matter how expansive the orchestra’s sound becomes, it maintains an exquisite, sharp lyricism."
— Dave Sumner, Read More