JWJWO 2015

JMJWO: Applications Open


Organised by JM International, the JM Jazz World Orchestra is a unique project, bringing together some of planet's most promising young jazz talents as one international big band.  ​


We are pleased to announce that the JMJWO is now open to applications for the 2019 edition. We are looking for musicians aged between 18-26 playing saxophone, trombone, trumpet, horn, tuba, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, piano and vocals. Selected musicians will have the chance to play with other first-class young musicians under the guidance of the JMJWO Artistic Director and other internationally-renowned jazz mentors

These musicians will gain an invaluable opportunity to tour internationally in the summer of 2019, playing with the best young jazz musicians from around the world and working with world-class jazz mentors.


We are pleased to announce that US trombonist and composer/arranger Luis Bonilla will return for the 2019 edition, continuing his outstanding work as Artistic Director. Also mentoring the musicians of the JMJWO will be drummer John Riley, saxophonist Dick Oatts and many more.


The 2019 edition will run from late-July to early-August and will be hosted by JM Croatia. The session will begin with rehearsals in Groznjan, Croatia, followed by an international concert/festival tour.



The JMJWO is a unique opportunity to play with talented and passionate jazz musicians from around the world and to learn from some of the planets most accomplished jazz musicians who direct, mentor and perform alongside the orchestra.


​As well as maintaining the highest standards of musicianship and working with the planet, the orchestra also offers an invaluable intercultural learning experience and a taste of life as an internationally touring musician.


You can read about the 2018 European Tour here and watch and listen to the JMJWO here.


Luis Bonilla is a US-Costa Rican trombonist, composer, arranger and educator. 

Bonilla's success as a sideman with such greats as McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Astrud Gilberto, Willie Colon and Toshiko Akiyoshi attests not only to the skill and variety of Bonilla’s talent, but also to a mind restlessly committed to exploring some of the most complex and demanding music of our time.


Bonilla has thought at some of the most prestigious music faculties in the US and Europe and is a respected touring musician with international pop artists like Tony Bennett, Alejandro Sanz, Diana Ross, Marc Anthony, La India, Mary J. Blige and, currently, Phil Collins on his European and Latin American tours.


The JMJWO is seeking musicians aged between 18-26 playing saxophone, trombone, trumpet, horn, tuba, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, piano and vocals. It is essential that you read sheet music, but the most important thing is a passion for music.

Applications comprise of global open video/online auditions processed by the JMJWO committee and a professional jury.

Candidates will be asked to provide:

  • Links to videos with you performing at least 2 different pieces: a theme and an improvisation. The candidates need to be clearly heard, with an important soloist part.

  • Your full CV (must contain information about faculty of music, academy and school of music, experience acquired as a jazz musician).

  • A written recommendation from a music teacher or similar.

  • A signed statement from either your parents, yourself, university, school or a JMI National Member or Associate Section, stating that your travel costs to and from the tour will be covered.


The deadline for applications is the 3rd of February. 


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