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

alex-ridoutThe 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 Club on Monday 27 February.

There will be displays of archive material from the Project, showing how different generations have invested in and celebrated jazz.

NJA LogoThe National Jazz Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day.  Find out more about the National Jazz Archive here.

When? 7.30 pm 27th Feb 2017 Where?? EKCO Social and Sports Club, Thornford Gardens Southend-On-Sea Essex SS2 6PU Cost?? Nothing!

FREE! Jazz Workshop at Benslow Music Centre 2-4pm on Sunday 26th

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A fantastic FREE opportunity for all young musicians, aged 8-18 to work with NYJC’s inspiring team of award winning artists, led by Artistic Director Issie Barratt, key tutor Laura Jurd & the members of CLE – A fabulous group of gifted and talented young jazz musicians and composers from all over the UK.

The workshop will focus on small group improvisation and original composition, working in streamed groups of similar levels of ability – from beginner to advanced.

We encourage players of all instruments – even those not traditionally associated with jazz – so please, don’t be shy!

The workshop starts at 2pm and finishes at 4pm. This will be proceeded by an informal concert for family and friends in the main hall from 4.30 – 5.30pm. The concert will include the Creative Leadership Ensemble’s 40 minute set of original material before culminating in an informal sharing of pieces learnt in the workshops.

If you have any queries please contact NYJC’s project manager, Dee Byrne:

To book your place: click HERE to fill in the online application form.

NYJC’s MEGA GIG @ EFG London Jazz Festival 16th November!

NYJC’s MEGA GIG @ EFG London Jazz Festival @ 16:30 – 17:15 on Sunday 16th November at the Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall


The National Youth Jazz Collective (NYJC) proudly presents a vibrant and highly inventive programme of contemporary improvised music performed by a dectet comprising ten of the nation’s most gifted and talented young jazz musicians aged 14 -18 (hand picked from 2014’s highly competitive National Youth Jazz Collective’s Summer School), including five members of NYJC’s inspirational Creative Leadership Ensemble (CLE) and three of the five finalists of 2014’s inaugural BBC Young Musician of the Year’s jazz award (including the winner, Alexander Bone) . We are also very excited to welcome Jessica Mistry, special guest Indian flautist from SAMYO (South Asian Music Youth Orchestra), who will be joining the dectet for this performance. Repertoire will include works by young composers from CLE generating a level of groove based improvisation that will take your breath away!

Ella Hohnen-Ford – vocals

Alex Ridout – trumpet
Jake Labazzi – trumpet
Tom Smith – alto saxophone
Alexander Bone – alto saxophone
Asha Parkinson – tenor saxophone
Nick Fitch – guitar
Stephanie Wills – piano
Daisy George – bass
Adam Woodcock – drum kit 

…and special guest:

Jessica Mistry – Indian Flute

Performance opportunity on Saturday 4th October!

To all our talented young NYJC musicians: Do you have a band or project that would like the chance to perform on Saturday 4th October (daytime)? We have been offered the opportunity to do a 45 minute performance as part of ‘Fun Palaces’, a multimedia interactive event held at Borough Hall, Greenwich – home to NYJC.
To find out more about the event click HERE
Please get in touch asap by emailing – the deadline is Monday!

NYJC @ Kings Place Festival tonight at 8.15pm!

We are super excited about our performance tonight at Kings Place Festival at 8.15pm on the Box Office Stage!

Expect a breathtaking programme of original jazz compositions intermingled with groovy interpretations of contemporary and standard jazz tunes, composed, arranged and performed by the National Youth Jazz Collective’s world-class septet aged 14-18.

Handpicked from NYJC’s highly competitive National Youth Jazz Summer School 2014, this is a fabulous band of outrageously talented young musicians whose amazing skills and improvisation will dazzle and inspire!

Pass it on!



NYJC Summer School 2014 Final Performance this Saturday 16th August 5-8pm

We are really excited about our Final Summer School Performance this Saturday 16 August 2014, 5pm-8pm at The Rossall School, Broadway, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 8JW.

42 of the nations most gifted and talented young jazz musicians will take centre stage following an intensive week with our team of tutors comprising NYJC’s President and jazz luminary Dave Holland, NYJC’s Founding CEO and Artistic Director Issie Barratt, Nic France, Jim Hart, Tom Hewson, Mark Lockheart, Liam Noble, Percy Pursglove, Nick Smart, Martin Speake, Mike Walker and Norma Winstone.

Click here to book your free ticket!!

NYJC at the Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham this week

Thursday 10th July:  11 – 12:30 and 15:00 – 16:30

Mega Jazz for Brass 

Led by Issie  Barratt and Percy Pursglove, supported by NYJC Ambassadors Laura Jurd and Tom Green, with the assistance of 3 of NYJC’s most gifted and talented young jazz brass players, the workshop will explore jazz and improvisation from the ‘idiosyncratic sound world’ of brass instruments.

Saturday 12th July: 11 – 12:30 and 15:00 – 16:30

Get Grooving Get Improvising

Led by Tom Hewson, Dee Byrne and John Hirst (all graduates of the NYJC ambassador programme), these workshops will explore the building blocks of jazz and the medium of improvisation within the context of playing as an ensemble.

Watermill Jazz Young Composers Award 2012

Watermill Jazz presents 47 phenomenal jazz gigs a year in Dorking, Surrey. Continuing their support for young jazz musicians and composers, they are delighted to announce the Watermill Jazz Young Composers Award 2012 which they are offering in association with the National Youth Jazz Collective. Read more….