Welcome to the National Youth Jazz Collective, where young jazz enthusiasts find equally keen young musicians. Together we help develop their skills, passion and experience as jazz players. We  offer and support music education to increase the ability of 8 – 18 year -olds to play by ear in small groups: to learn, improvise, compose, arrange and lead bands.

We run an amazing Summer School every year, selecting 45 of the nation’s best young jazz musicians from a 16 day audition tour. Placed in one of five ensembles and supported by 15 world class performer/educators: their playing gets a huge boost.

We also run a series of monthly sessions in different regional centres around the country – open to players of any standard. We champion inclusivity, particularly working to get more young women into combo playing. We’re here to help the next generation enrich and diversify as they develop their own unique ways of listening and playing. It’s their music.

NYJC was founded in 2007 by its Artistic Director Issie Barratt in collaboration with a roster of over 40 world class jazz musicians and educators.

Our President is jazz luminary Dave Holland – known for his work with many of the most formative names in jazz. Dave has regularly taken time to visit us from his home in New York, and takes part in our our National Youth Jazz Summer School.. To Support NYJC Click Here 

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NYJC gets Big Boost from the Big Give 2017

Thanks to the generosity of supporters across the country we have received £7,000 in donations to support our expansion in the coming year! NYJC was delighted to receive £2,000 in pledges at our 10th Birthday concert in Kings Place on 12th August. This was supported...

NYJC Summer School 2018 Venue and Dates announced

Our Summer School will go back to Northern England in 2018 – to Pocklington School near York. It’s been a few years since we ventured north of the Midlands – so as a national charity we’re delighted to occupy this historic school for 10 days. Pocklington is a...

Jazz Angels, trumpets ready for the NYJC Big Give please…

  With 3 weeks to go to the big week we want to give you the heads up that our Big Boost fund will be hunting for heroes to help take our work to more regions and young musicians than ever before. To celebrate our 10th Birthday we launched the appeal in August, and...

NYJC 2017 Summer School concert videos are now online!

Every year we record our Summer School closing concert. This year's special 10th Anniversary concert was on 12th August at Kings Place. It was the climax of the Summer School held in Purcell School Bushey, Herts. The bands had worked together for a week with tutors...

NYJC 10th Birthday Appeal: help students from all backgrounds get the best jazz education…

NYJC's momentous 10th Birthday Festival also saw the launch of our 10th Birthday Appeal - supported by the Big Give. The first-phase deadline is our immediate challenge - £2,000 in pledges by September. But we're well on our way... (the pledge form is here) What's it...

NYJC RETAINS NPO STATUS UNTIL (at least) 2022

We are delighted to say that NYJC received notification that we will remain an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation for the next five years (pending approval of our final business plan). Our funding remains the same although the grant now comes from...

NYJC is 10! Our big Birthday Festival will be on August 12th!

12th August 2017 Kings Place London: NYJC is thrilled to be celebrating its land mark 10th birthday with this spectacular and exuberant All-Day Festival of incredible jazz that’s sure to be remembered for decades to come. From its  gala performance led by NYJC’s...

The auditions are over and offers are out…

Team NYJC have just finished their biggest ever Summer School audition tour, meeting 132 young jazz musicians in 13 cities around England. We are glad to say that 87 of these were new to us, meaning that our reach and offer has found its way to many more young people....

NYJC join the National Jazz Archive to celebrate jazz’s inter-generational appeal – Southend 27th Feb

The only way is Essex for the Ridout's family band - supported by local NYJC players - next week. Come along - it's free! As part of the Archive’s HLF Inter-generational Jazz Reminiscence project the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2016, Alexandra Ridout, is at Southend Jazz...

NYJC wins 2017 Best Musical Initiative Award!

To our delight NYJC's 10 years of  service to young jazz players has just received the 2017 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence! On one of those fancy bow tie evenings in a 'glittering' Mayfair Hotel our Founder and Artistic Director Issie Barratt and Executive...

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