Welcome to the State Youth Jazz Orchestra Hesse Website!

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While most of our website is available in English, our “Events” and “Shop” pages are only available in German. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.


The latest editions to our YouTube chanel are the live recordings of “It’s Alright With Me” and “Avalon” with the New York Voices at the Rheingau Music Festival 2021, as well as our collaboration project with artists in Uruguay.

The long-standing connections of the State Youth Jazz Orchestra Hesse (LJJO) to the music scene in Uruguay, a South American tour cancelled due to covid and the wish to meaningfully bridge the covid winter of 2021/22 led to the idea of a joint digital big band production. The candombe, played by three tambores drums, is the heart of the carnival in Montevideo. So it was once again in February 2022. The combination of this music with its African roots and the rich sound of the LJJO attempts to be a contribution to international understanding and unity, as well as an exciting attempt of cooperation of different cultures in very different places.