The Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra (EYJO) is for musicians aged 12 and over who have a love for jazz. To become a member you will need to have attained a minimum of grade 5 in your chosen instrument, and entry is by audition. Unlike the classical orchestras the EYJO meets monthly for rehearsals. The EYJO also tours with the Essex Youth Orchestra and perform around the county.
Martin Hathaway has directed the EYJO since 1991 and is one of the country’s leading jazz musicians. Martin is a member of numerous orchestra and quintets and was one of the leading lights in establishing the Heathcote Arms as a prime venue for jazz in London, attracting the likes of Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett, Don Weller and other renowned jazz musicians.
Martin regularly transcribes and arranges music for the EYJO, including ‘Millennium’ which was written for their performance at the Millennium Dome. He has won awards for both performance and composition including the MCPS Best Original Composition Award in the BBC Big Band Contest. Martin has recorded and toured with Radiohead and he appeared on their platinum album Kid A.