MYJOMidland Youth Jazz Orchestra (Birmingham, UK)
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But is isn't easy meeting the cost of staging concerts for the musicians who play in the three bands run by MYJO.
There are dates in the diary for both Walsall Jazz Orchestra and MYJO, and Nick's Blast Off community band is playing in Lichfield Guildhall on March 9.
com or directly from Caudwell Children on 01782 600 113 or MYJO on 01675 442 050.
But MYJO is much more than a performing band, with many ex-members becoming professional musicians having bene-fited from the knowledge and enthusiasm of leader John Ruddick.
During the time that I played with MYJO the band recorded two LPs, the latter one featuring the late, great trumpet player Kenny Baker as guest soloist.
There are two gigs of note on Sunday: MYJO continues its 40th anniversary celebrations with a party at the Tally Ho Sports and Social Club in Edgbaston.
JAZZ & BLUES Blues Open Mic / Kirsty & Kenny: 8pm, Crossroads Blues Club, Tower of Song, 107 Pershore Rd South, Kings Norton 0121 486 1300; MYJO with Melody Blasich: 8.
MYJO will be led, naturally, by John Ruddick, who, with his wife Nichola, has been running the band for 30 out of the last 40 years.
US singer Marlene Ver Planck is with MYJO at the Leofric Hotel on March 28.
SUNDAY is "bone time" in Stratford as the exuberant and explosive Andy Derrick leads on the trombone with MYJO pianist Jo Ruddick on the keys, and the dream rhythm team of Ben Markland on bass and Neil Bullock on drums.
Garry Allcock's Big Band is at Midlands Arts Centre in Edgbaston on December 7 (0121 440 3838) and on December 14 there is a two-band spectacular, the Allcock band plus MYJO, at the Clarendon Suites (0121 475 7524).
She's likely to be doing the latter on Saturday evening, though that's not to suggest that MYJO can't do soft and sensitive as well.