JM Jazz World Orchestra
The JM Jazz World Orchestra is the world’s premier international youth jazz orchestra, comprised of 18 young professionals from 15+ different countries selected through a global annual audition
The band works with some of the planet’s finest conductors and soloists, touring annually, performing at prestigious venues and jazz festivals across Europe and the world.
The JM Jazz World Orchestra is an international program of JM International, the world’s oldest and largest youth-music nonprofit making a difference through music since 1975.
Where We've Played
Every year the orchestra tours, appearing at major European jazz festivals and events.
Recent festival appearances include:
Montreux Jazz Festival (Montreux, CH)
North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, NL)
Brosella Festival (Brussels, BE)
Jazz is Back Festival (Groznjan, HR)
Kongsberg Jazz Festival (Kongsberg, NO)
Jazz Middelheim (Antwerp, BE)
Gaume Jazz Festival (Rosingol, BE)
Liburnia Jazz Festival (Lovran, HR)
Jazz in der Aula / Musikzauber Franken (Lauda-Königshofen, DE)
The JM Jazz World Orchestra continues to thrive under the mentorship of Luis Bonilla, who returns for his fourth season as Artistic Director.
The US trombonist, composer and educator is an internationally recognised force in several musical worlds. He was mentored by the great Lester Bowie during his time as trombonist in Bowie’s Brass Fantasy. He has played as a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra under Arturo O’Farrill, the Mingus Big Band and in Dave Douglas’s Brass Ecstasy. As a sideman Bonilla has worked with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Astrud Gilberto, Willie Colon and Toshiko Akiyoshi.
As a composer, bandleader and recording artist, Bonilla’s records have been praised by major jazz publications, with 2010’s Twilight (Planet Arts) described by All About Jazz as “a well-balanced feast for the aural senses”. In the pop world, Bonilla has recorded and toured with such icons as Tony Bennett, Alejandro Sanz, Diana Ross, Marc Anthony, La India, Mary J. Blige and, most recently, Phil Collins on his European and Latin American tours.
On top of this Luis Bonilla has worked in music education at such institutions as Temple University, the Manhattan School of Music and the New England Conservatory. His dedication to the JM Jazz World Orchestra again demonstrates that, as well as having worked alongside some of jazz’s historic greats, he is committed to nurturing its future.
Luis Bonilla: Artistic Director
These young musicians are what make the JMJWO such an exciting project.