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

Academy unveils new Finzi scholarship and bust

02.10.2017

The Royal Academy of Music has unveiled a new specially-commissioned bust of the English composer Gerald Finzi as well as a significant new scholarship in the composer’s name

Latest Blog

Auditions 2016

01.12.2016

Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017

Upcoming Events

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 • Oct 12
Tomorrow's @BBCInTune, live from @ExploreWellcome kicks off with a trio featuring Nick Smart, our Head of #Jazz bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09…
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Inspiring 3 days with #Jazz masters @Dave_Liebman and Richie Beirach, working with our Jazz Department. Welcomed he… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
@RoyalAcadMusic • Sep 22
A new #JuniorAcademy term starts tomorrow – to get you in the mood, here's a gig from last year's #jazz course: youtube.com/watch?v=O-kU5E…
@RoyalAcadMusic • Sep 19
TONIGHT @606club #Jazz from the Academy: 8pm #alum @SamuelEagles; 9.45pm @TomSmithSax. More info: bit.ly/2xaSRpf
@RoyalAcadMusic • Sep 01
Fourth-year #percussion student Jonny Mansfield tells @LondonJazz about his conversion to #jazz and his new CD: bit.ly/2epFzKn
@RoyalAcadMusic • Aug 29
Our Head of #Jazz Nick Smart previews some exciting concerts this term @LondonJazz: bit.ly/2x07Amr

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

Nick Smart