For many years, the Academy has produced the most outstanding array of exciting, versatile, creative and employable musicians to emerge on to the jazz scene.

We offer a supportive environment in which to learn and experiment with this extremely broad art form. We encourage our students to find their own creative voice and equip them with the skills needed to enable them to pursue a future as working jazz musicians.

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


Emily Mould, Jazz Administrator
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

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Upcoming Events

30 Years of Jazz: Academy Big Band presents the Music of Gareth Lockrane

Monday, 06.03.2017 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Academy Big Band presents the Music of international jazz musician Gareth Lockrane

Jazz Ensembles free

Tuesday, 14.03.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Jazz Department’s Ensemble Concert Series begins with performances from our students

Jazz Ensembles free

Friday, 24.03.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

The Jazz Department's Ensemble Concert Series continues with performances from our students

The Art of Chaos: Protest

Thursday, 15.06.2017 21:30, The Ditch

9.00pm doors and animations 9.30pm performance A late-night intimate performance of political and protest songs hosted by le...

The Art of Chaos: Composers’ Platform

Friday, 16.06.2017 19:30, The Ditch

6.45pm doors and animation 7.30pm performance 8.30pm animations  An array of diverse new works from Academy compositio...

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Listen to #JuniorAcademy #alum and @BBCYoungMus @AlexRidoutMusic and Nick Smart on yesterday's @BBCRadio3 #Jazz Now: bbc.in/2kVJ24o
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TONIGHT Our International #Jazz Festival features @joelockecom, Benoît Sourisse, @mpjanisch & students. #free 6.30p… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
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The Academy International #Jazz Festival kicks off tonight at 6.30pm. Nick Smart introduces it here: bit.ly/jazzfest17
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TONIGHT Academy International #Jazz Festival with @andrecharlier, Lupa Santiago and @hartvibe #free 6.30pm… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

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