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

Norma Winstone 75th Birthday Gala Concert

Wednesday, 16.11.2016 19:30, Cadogan Hall

Don’t miss this extraordinary one-off opportunity to hear Norma with the combined forces of the Academy in a unique and special setting.

Jazz Ensembles free

Wednesday, 23.11.2016 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Jazz stars of tomorrow present the results of their work with a variety of guest artists

Jazz Ensembles free

Thursday, 24.11.2016 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Jazz stars of tomorrow present the results of their work with a variety of guest artists

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@RoyalAcadMusic • Oct 24
All-Academy #jazz ensemble Nikki Iles, @IainBallamy, @trishclowes, @flomoore1 and Tim Giles are playing @606club right now.
@RoyalAcadMusic • Oct 20
Dominic Alldis is here today giving an introduction to #jazz harmony to #piano students.
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@RoyalAcadMusic • Oct 19
Enemy – #jazz #alum @KitDownes and @jamesmaddren w/ Petter Eldh – are off on European tour. Birmingham review: bit.ly/2dmP7bb
@RoyalAcadMusic • Oct 14
#Jazz #alum @alexmunk1’s @f_machines play @vortexjazz tonight to celebrate their debut album bit.ly/2dZiVbX
@RoyalAcadMusic • Oct 12
My epiphany – International #Jazz Artist in Residence 2015–16 @Dave_Liebman on witnessing John Coltrane live bit.ly/2eqNWHT

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