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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