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
Regent Scholarship Scheme
 

Contact

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

Latest News

The Principal and the EU

28.06.2016

A personal message from the Principal

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Looking forward to the 2016 Proms

15.04.2016

Academy people appear throughout the schedule

Upcoming Events

Jazz Open Day free

Monday, 19.09.2016 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 Flute and Harp free

Thursday, 22.09.2016 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A recital by two acclaimed international soloists and recording artists.

Jazz Ensembles free

Tuesday, 04.10.2016 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, 06.10.2016 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

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

Jazz Ensembles free

Thursday, 13.10.2016 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

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

Keith Nichols and Academy Big Band present ‘Powerhouse!’

Saturday, 22.10.2016 19:30, The Musical Museum

The acclaimed Academy Big Band under the direction of legendary expert in the genre, Keith Nichols.

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 • Jul 12
‘A precocious Londoner and conservatory-trained #jazz pianist, Collier seems to have no creative limits’ – @nprmusic n.pr/29O0Rze
@RoyalAcadMusic • Jul 12
Regency Award: congrats to @Lebedev_Guitar #guitar and Robert Luft #jazz #guitar.
@RoyalAcadMusic • Jul 04
‘How @JCollierMusic is Blowing Minds With Help From YouTube and @QuincyDJones’ – @billboard bit.ly/29in9IV #jazz
@RoyalAcadMusic • Jun 27
#JuniorAcademy #jazz alumni @RosieTurton and @nubya_garcia play in @nerijamusic’s opener for Ernest Ranglin at @BarbicanCentre tonight.
@RoyalAcadMusic • Jun 22
Congrats @ScottChapmanUK, @josh_arcoleo and @Rob_Luft, all selected for @MusiciansCoJazz Young #Jazz Musician final.
@RoyalAcadMusic • Jun 22
‘About once a decade, a talent of immense proportions emerges’ – @OUTBROW on @JCollierMusic at Central Park #jazz bit.ly/28SKct7

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

Nick Smart