Jazz

Since our jazz course started 30 years ago, we have produced an outstanding array of versatile, creative and employable jazz musicians.

We support students to thrive in the profession and to find their unique creative voice which will speak across their improvising, composing and arranging work. We do this through a full and varied course that covers many aspects and forms of jazz and its meeting points with other genres. We foster an encouraging environment in which to learn and experiment within this extremely broad art form, equipping students with all the skills they need as a working musician. Thanks to the scale, focus and personal approach of our training, students get frequent performance opportunities. Regular ensemble projects and our annual Jazz Festival, offer students the chance to work intensively with some of the finest jazz players in the world.  

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At the Academy we offer Principal Study to both undergraduate and postgraduate jazz musicians on:

Piano | Saxophone | Trumpet | Trombone | Guitar | Bass (Electric and Acoustic) | Drum Kit | Voice | Vibraphone

We do accept applications for other instruments as well – if you are interested in studying jazz at the Academy and do not see your instrument listed above, please contact the jazz department administrator.

Info for entry 2017.

Jazz: Your Experience

See also:
Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Regent Scholarship Scheme
 

Contact

Emily Mould, Jazz Administrator and Project Manager
Telephone 020 7873 7379 / Email jazz@ram.ac.uk

Nick Smart

Head of Jazz: Nick Smart

Prominent jazz trumpet soloist and dedicated educator

Active performer in groups such as the Kenny Wheeler Big Band, James Taylor Quartet and the Stan Sulzmann Big Band

Director of Troyk-estra and founder of Nick Smart's Trogon

Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music since 2010, his work has been celebrated with the Parliamentary Award for Jazz Education in 2013

Latest News

Spring 2018 Booking Now Open

12.12.2017

We are delighted to announce our spring season of concerts, masterclasses and events at the Royal Academy of Music

Latest Blog

Head of Jazz Nick Smart introduces Royal Academy of Music at the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival

03.11.2017

Nick Smart introduces two exclusive rehearsal videos from last year's concert with Norma Winstone, celebrating the legendary singer's 75th birthday. The Academy performs at this year's EFG London Jazz Festival

Upcoming Events

Academy Big Band

Tuesday, 16.01.2018 19:30, Duke’s Hall

The Academy is pleased to welcome back its inaugural International Jazz Artist in Residence, trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas, joined by one of the godfathers of European improvised music, saxophonist Evan Parker

Academy Jazz Festival: Alumni Artists

Wednesday, 07.02.2018 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

To mark the ongoing celebrations of the jazz course's 30th anniversary, this year's Academy Jazz Festival welcomes back a selection of distinguished alumni to lead ensemble projects

Academy Jazz Festival: Alumni Artists

Thursday, 08.02.2018 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

To mark the ongoing celebrations of the jazz course's 30th anniversary, this year's Academy Jazz Festival welcomes back a selection of distinguished alumni to lead ensemble projects

Academy Big Band: Duke Ellington’s Fabulous 1941 Band

Friday, 02.03.2018 19:30, Duke’s Hall

The Academy Big Band performs pieces recorded by the Duke Ellington Orchestra of the early 40s

Jazz Ensembles free

Wednesday, 07.03.2018 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy jazz students mark the culmination of their small ensemble projects

Jazz Composers’ Big Band

Sunday, 25.03.2018 18:30, Duke’s Hall

Tickets: £10 (concessions £8) from the Academy’s Box Office The Academy’s Jazz Department has been st...

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Nick Smart