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.

Jazz: Your Experience

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

Contact

Emily Mould, Jazz Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7379 / Email [email protected]

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

EFG London Jazz Festival

07.08.2015

Academy students, alumni and professors feature strongly again

Upcoming Events

Jazz Open Day

Monday, 28.09.2015 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital 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

Thursday, 08.10.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

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

Jazz Ensembles

Friday, 16.10.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

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

Jazz Ensembles

Tuesday, 20.10.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

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

Varèse Explored

Friday, 30.10.2015 19:00, Duke’s Hall

The programme will include works written by the composer himself as well as three new works written by Academy composers.

Jazz Ensembles

Thursday, 19.11.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

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

Academy Symphonic Brass

Friday, 20.11.2015 13:05, Duke’s Hall

A programme of original music by Canadian jazz legend Kenny Wheeler.

Academy Big Band at EFG London Jazz Festival

Saturday, 21.11.2015 16:30, Clore Ballroom

The critically acclaimed big band from the Royal Academy of Music is back at the EFG London Jazz Festival, this time with an Anglo-French collaboration featuring the joyful music of the Parisian Charlier/Sourisse duo.

Jazz Ensembles

Thursday, 26.11.2015 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

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

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