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Multi-award winning Jazz ensemble and a pioneering force at the forefront of UK Big Band & Jazz education for 50 years…

Watch highlights of our latest tour in Limonest France, where we celebrated 50 years of big band music from Doncaster:

Doncaster Jazz Alumni (DJA) are a professional ensemble made up of past members of the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association.

2023 marks 50 years of jazz in Doncaster led by John Ellis MBE. For their golden anniversary the ensemble have recorded an album in celebration of the enduring legacy of its founder, as well as their individual and collective success in the music industry.

Over the past 5 decades, and thanks to John’s enthusiasm and encouragement, many young musicians have found their voice in this ensemble and subsequently gone on to perform professionally alongside such artists as Herbie Hancock, Sting, Quincy Jones, Gil Evans, The BBC Big Band, Syd Lawrence, Jools Holland, Jamiroquai, Boy George, Paloma Faith, The Temptations, Groove Armada, Faithless, Sir Cliff Richard and The Royal Philharmonic. It’s fair to say that there are Doncaster Jazz Alumni all around the world performing at the very highest level.

There is not a working musician in London who doesn’t know someone that came through the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra

Charles Alexander


The album “50 Years” (available now) is a heartfelt thankyou to John from the DJA, for his unwavering service, inspiring dedication and the impact he has had on countless lives. Their gratitude towards him is immeasurable.

You can listen to the singles off the album at the below links

Purchase “50 Years” from our bandcamp store

50 Years

Listen/buy our newly released album ’50 Years’ now

© Doncaster Jazz Alumni 2023

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