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The JM Jazz World Orchestra


The JM Jazz World Orchestra is the world’s premier international youth jazz orchestra, comprised of 20 young professional jazz musicians selected through global open auditions by an international jury. The band works with some of the planet’s finest conductors and tours annually, appearing at prestigious European venues and jazz festivals.


The JMJWO travels with around 22-25 people and will be touring Europe in July, 2017.

Where We’ve Played


Every year the orchestra sets off for a tour in which it performs 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)

About the Artistic Director: Luis Bonilla

The JM Jazz World Orchestra continues to thrive under the mentorship of Luis Bonilla, who returns for his third season as artistic director.

Bonilla, a California-raised, Costa Rican trombonist, composer and arranger, has taken in and mastered an incredible array of musical styles. His 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.

About JM International


JM International (JMI) is a global network of NGOs that provides opportunities for young people and children to develop through music across all boundaries. Open to all styles of music, we work for and with youth, harnessing the power of music to bridge social, geographical and cultural divides, creating an international platform for intercultural dialogue and acceptance.

JMI was founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1945 by a group of compassionate musicians and organisers who saw music as a means of bringing young people together to overcome the divides created by two world wars. Today, JMI is present in 50 countries worldwide and continues to enable young people to develop through music across all boundaries.

Get in touch!

+32 2 513 97 74 ​

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