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Euroradio Jazz Orchestra

French trumpeter, composer and arranger Airelle Besson, music director of this year's EJO (Photo:

Every year, the Euroradio Jazz Producers put together a European jazz big band under the name of the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra (EJO), a project that can trace its roots back to 1965. Each EBU Member may send one musician under age 30 to perform in public with the EJO, with two Euroradio Public Jazz Concerts organized by the host broadcaster. At least one concert is always recorded by the EBU host broadcaster, who is responsible for the rehearsals as well as its logistical and promotional planning.

The EJO concerts were organized this year at the kind initiative of Radio France, thanks to the efforts of the Jazz Producers' Chair, Hugo Sekoranja, and of Alex Dutilh from Radio France. The music director was the young French trumpeter, composer and arranger Airelle Besson (pictured).

This year's line-up:

Allan Järve, trumpet/flugelhorn (Estonia)
Sigurd Evensen, trombone (Norway)
Corentin Billet, horn (France)
Quentin Coppalle, flute (France)
Vincent Pongracz, clarinet (Austria)
Maria Dybbroe, alto saxophone, bass clarinet (Denmark)
Helena Kay, tenor saxophone (UK)
Dimitri Howald, guitar (Switzerland)
Kristina Barta, piano (Czech Republic)
Vid Jamnik, vibes, marimba, xylophone (Slovenia)
Kaisa Mäensivu, bass, bass guitar (Finland)
Cornelia Nilsson, drums (Sweden)
Alba Nacinovich, vocals (Croatia)
Airelle Besson, conductor, composer, trumpet (France)

Performance dates/venues:
Saturday, 11 November, Radio France, Paris
Sunday, 12 November, Coutances (Normandy)
Monday, 13 November, Festival Djazz, Nevers
Tuesday, 14 November, Festival Jazzdor, Strasbourg




Target age
Under 30

Every year

Proposed by
Euroradio Jazz Producers

Contact details

Marie-Cecile Billoux
Project Manager
+41 22 717 2612