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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Can you support NYJC during Big Give week 2018?

Once a year we ask supporters to consider donating to our bursary fund. We hope that you enjoy this 1 minute video of our work - and click on!You can click through to our Big Give donation page here....

NYJC’s ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ISSIE BARRATT, INCLUDED IN BBC RADIO 4’s “TOP 40” POWER LIST 2018

Big NYJC congratulations to our Artistic Director Issie Barratt for being included in BBC R4s spectacular Woman’s Hour Power List 2018: A top 40 of women demonstrating power in the music industry - making it more equal, diverse and creative. Known as one of the...

10 days : 87 students : 21 tutors: a bigger year than ever – our Summer Schools are ready to go!

Three days to go before NYJC students arrive in Pocklington near York for our biggest ever Summer Schools. 87 extraordinarily talented young players from around the country will get an unparalleled boost to their playing. Kicking off with the most established format...

Two great young bands for the price of none, at the Vortex this weekend!

Two of our most exciting young bands take to the stage at the Vortex at 3 pm this Saturday - 21st April. The Creative Leadership Ensemble 2018 are the latest incarnation of our all female group who compose and (brilliantly) play their own (wonderful) material to (an...

NYJC 2018 auditions kicks off with a record number of entries

There's no Easter holiday rest for the wicked jazz auditioners. The NYJC team are about to hit the road to listen to 133 young jazz musicians around the country. From Exeter in the south-west to north-eastern Newcastle our quest is to find the finest young players and...

Auditions 2018 leaflet now ready – download and Pass It On!

Every year we produce a printed and downloadable brochure for young musicians thinking of coming to Summer School. This can be attached to emails to your students, friends, databases... or you can print out... Or you can write to us and ask for printed copies to be...

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...

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NYJC gratefully acknowledges support from:

The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

The Garrick Charitable Trust