The North East Ska*Jazz Orchestra

A 19-piece big band made out of young musicians from the North

-East of Italy who are professionals in the Jamaican and Afro-American music genre. The band was founded in 2012 and since then it has played several shows around

Europe, from Spain to France, Netherlands,Slovenia, hitting festival like Rototom Sunsplash (2016), Erromo Ska Reggae Festival and Algara Konpartsa (2014 and 2016), Marezijazz (2015). Thanks to its featuring with Mr. T-Bone (Africa Unite, The Bluebeaters, New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble; The Uppertones); Furio (Pitura Freska, Ska-J) and Olly Riva (Shandon, the Fire), the NESJO has conceived much support in a very short  time. Its line-up is: Flute, 4 Saxophones, 3 Trombones, 3 Trumpets, 3 Vocalists and Rhythm section. The show consists of ska and reggae original songs, arrangements of the most famous jazz standards and other famous tunes from the afro- american tradition. Over the years the NESJO has released one EP (Music For Marikana, 2014) one Album (Stompin’ and Rollin’,

Brixton Records 2015) and two official video clips (Take Fivewho has just passed one million views and Hard Man Fe Dead, 2013 and 2016). On November 14th a brand new 7” vinyl labeled Brixton Records is coming out with the collaboration of two of the main international Ska musicians, Fred Reiter from the New York Ska-jazz Ensemble and David Hillyard from the Slackers, released by Brixton Record

Benicassim, 19/08/2016. northeast ska jazz orchestra. Photo by: Luca A. d’Agostino © Rototom Sunsplash 2016.