On April 1, 2012, Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO) played a hot Latin set in the Library and Archives Canada auditorium under the direction of Nicholas Dyson.  That concert was a milestone for CYJO. A substantial number of their founding and most experienced band members played their final concert of their CYJO age-limited term, and several accomplished younger members also left the orchestra after, to attend music schools in other cities.

After this final CYJO concert, the departing rhythm section of Jamie Holmes (percussion), J.P. Lapensée (bass) and Alex Moxon (guitar) went on to other musical initiatives. They recently released their first Chocolate Hot Pockets CD, and started a regular jam session at Brookstreet Hotel. Chris Maskell, a featured soloist in The Move video presented here, is currently studying at McGill.

OttawaJazzScene.ca is pleased to bring you three songs from this concert. Thanks to CYJO and composer Mark Ferguson for allowing us to share their music.

Following their well-received March 2013 performance of Count Basie's music, CYJO will present their next concert on April 14 in the highly comfortable and acoustically supportive Kailash Mital Theatre at Carleton University. Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra will be joined by the McGill Jazz Orchestra. Watch OttawaJazzScene.ca for interviews and excerpts from their recent Count Basie concert prior to their next show.

See also:  CYJO heats up Ottawa with a Latin vibe and 46 musicians

Watch the videos including The Move, Mermaid Beach, and The First Circle

    – Brett Delmage

The Move


Mermaid Beach


The First Circle