Jazz

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
 

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

New audition centre opens in Australia

21.08.2017

Academy opens audition centre in Australia

Latest Blog

Auditions 2016

01.12.2016

Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017

Upcoming Events

Jazz Open Day free

Tuesday, 19.09.2017 10:00, Duke’s Hall

Come and hear about the Academy’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Jazz, meet some of the teaching staff and students and hear them in action.

Jazz Ensembles free

Friday, 13.10.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Jazz ensembles perform music which they have been working on with distinguished musicians

Jazz Ensembles free

Thursday, 19.10.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Jazz ensembles perform music which they have been working on with distinguished musicians

Jazz Ensembles free

Monday, 23.10.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Jazz ensembles perform music which they have been working on with distinguished musicians

Jazz Ensembles free

Monday, 23.10.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Jazz ensembles perform music which they have been working on with distinguished musicians

EFG London Jazz Festival The Traveller’s Tale

Sunday, 12.11.2017 19:30, Kings Place

Part of the Jazz Department’s legacy has been the celebration of our own British jazz artists and landmark albums

Academy Big Band at the EFG London Jazz Festival

Sunday, 19.11.2017 16:00, Duke’s Hall

As part of the Academy’s Jazz @ 30 celebrations, the Academy Big Band presents the music of our internationally regarded Professor of Jazz Composition, Pete Churchill

Jazz Ensembles free

Thursday, 23.11.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Jazz ensembles perform music which they have been working on with distinguished musicians

Jazz Ensembles free

Tuesday, 28.11.2017 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Jazz ensembles perform music which they have been working on with distinguished musicians

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@RoyalAcadMusic • Jul 28
Congratulations to 'thoughtfully virtuosic' #jazz #alum @Rob_Luft for 4* @guardianmusic review: bit.ly/2uJDTmz
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@RoyalAcadMusic • Jun 22
Congratulations to #jazz student @Tom_Barford for winning 2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize and @EditionRecords recording:… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
@RoyalAcadMusic • Jun 12
Fascinating discussion this morning with Stewart Lee and Evan Parker joining Head of #Jazz Nick Smart to talk about… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
@RoyalAcadMusic • May 19
TODAY 7pm #Jazz Composers' Big Band with @ChurchillMusic; 7.30pm #Accordion Showcase: ram.ac.uk/whats-on
@RoyalAcadMusic • May 18
Congratulations to #JuniorAcademy #Jazz student @AshaParkinson for her @DianaAward bit.ly/2qwNb5o

‘At the Academy you are free to find and explore your own stylistic influences’

Nick Smart