The JM Jazz World Orchestra (JMJWO) is the world's premier international youth jazz orchestra, comprised of 18 young professional jazz musicians selected through global open auditions. The band works with some of the planet's finest conductors, artists and composers and tours annually, appearing at prestigious European venues and jazz festivals.
In July 2018 the JM jazz World Orchestra will bring the global future of jazz music to the Balkans for it's 7th European tour. Young musicians representing 12 different countries and 6 different continents will tour Macedonia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia led by internationally acclaimed US trombonist, composer and educator Luis Bonilla.
The JMJWO has worked alongside such international jazz artists as Gonzalo Rubalcaba, John Riley, Hector Martignon, Karlheinz Miklin and Sigi Figl. Major concert and jazz festival appearances include the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival and Milan's Unicredit Pavilion.
The JMJWO was founded in 2012 by JM International, a network of youth music NGOs which works to make a difference through music across all boundaries.
Luis Bonilla Biography
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 many several 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, Luis Bonilla is committed to nurturing its future.