Walsall Jazz Orchestra started as Walsall Youth Jazz orchestra (WYJO) but such was its strength of community that it has stayed together for many years with essentially the same personnel just dropping ‘Youth’ from its name. It has always explored the more contemporary end of the big band repertoire, doing so with great expertise, energy and swing. A particularly memorable project was with Mike Gibbs back in the 1990s. The band has been directed and conducted from its beginning by John Hughes.
The Walsall Jazz Orchestra play Symphony Hall Cafe Bar at 5pm on Friday 12th. A Jazzlines promotion.