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 who helped them develop an understanding of each piece and then create an original arrangement which they perform here.

img_7140_35688877174_oThis year’s reportoire came entirely from British composers as we are celebrating 100 years of recorded jazz in the UK. We were even privileged to have one of the composers, Sir Karl Jenkins in the audience to enjoy a rendition of his composition Lullaby for a Lonely Child.

These are now ready for everyone to enjoy!

You can see them all here as a playlist.

Or individually:
NYJC Summer School Concert 2017- Nic France & Chris Batchelor Combo

NYJC Summer School Concert 2017 – Dominic Ashworth & Malcolm Earle Smith Combo

NYJC Summer School 2017 – Anita Wardell & Mark Hodgson’s Combo

NYJC Summer School 2017 – Martin Speake & Orphy Robinson Combo

NYJC Summer School 2017 – Karen Sharp, Nikki Iles & Soweto Kinch Combo

If you want to see recordings of our previous years’ Summer School performances they are all here. (all 37 of them!!)

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

NYNYJC_workshops_A5_final_web_Beds_page_1JC’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 all about??

Like all 10 year olds, we’ve got some big plans! Over the next 5 years we plan to:

  • Increase the number of young people we directly support each year from 150 to 500
  • Grow our work around the country from 5 regions to 12
  • Expand our gender in jazz scheme, so that more girls and young women get into jazz
  • Introduce a new emerging artists scheme for talented 18-25 year olds
  • Develop a new jazz-based CPD programme for teachers, so they can do more locally
  • Provide more performance opportunities for young jazz musicians around the country
  • Keep ensuring that cost is no barrier for a young jazz musician who wants to get involved

 At the 10th Birthday event NYJC trustee Julia Payne explained the rationale:

Thanks to the Big Give every £1 pledged in August turns into £4 for our grass roots work around the country.

Each year, The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge supports a handful of charities, providing match funding that turns each £1 raised into £4. This year NYJC plans to work with them to create a new Bursary Fund that will provide free regional workshop places for 40 young people who otherwise couldn’t take part.

To be part of The Big Give we need to secure £2,000 in pledges by September. If we get those pledges we have the chance to quadruple that to £8,000 come Christmas – but we must secure them in the first place.

Will you pledge £100 now, knowing that it will potentially turn into £400 come December?

We’re not asking for a penny today, just that you’ll pledge to support that young player with £100 at Christmas. Between now and then, that’s roughly £5 week – the cost of a pint.

I’ve pledged already. It seems a small price to pay to make that kind of difference. I hope you will too. If you want, you can pledge with your mates/family too. All you need do today is give us a few details below.

NYJC Big Give leaflet 2017Julia Payne – NYJC trustee



Download the information and pass it on: click on the leaflet here which also contains the link for online pledging



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 both the Arts Council and the Department for Education as we are a National Youth Music Organisation.

We are grateful to the Arts Council and DfE for recognising the value of our work and supporting the needs of the young jazz musicians who we serve. The need for our work is great and we invite all regional music hubs and other youth music organisations to get in touch with us if we can partner with you to expand our shared work in jazz education in any way.

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 President  Dave Holland & Vice President Julian Joseph (supported by 18 of NYJC’s All Star roster of leading British jazz stars) to NYJC national and local  ensembles of enthusiastic and dedicated young musicians (all keen to share their musical journeys and fulfil their true potential).

Thanks to the inspired curation of NYJC’s award winning Founding Artistic Director, Issie Barratt  and relentless dedication and commitment of NYJC’s incredible young musicians and supporting artists, this festival provides a dual celebration – Toasting NYJC’s 10th Birthday with a diverse and eclectic musical programme that champions a hundred years of British Jazz.

A full day of activities with something for everyone, from morning workshops for young people who have never played jazz, to foyer performances, an exhibition of 100 years of British Jazz, NYJC’s pinnacle end of summer school concert and an All Star Concert in the evening – it’s a one-off-spectacular to warm the heart and thrill the musical mind.

You need to find out more now???  Click through to what ever tickles your fancy and sign up:

 All profits go to the work of NYJC – “Keen to inspire another decade of youth jazz”


The auditions are over and offers are out…

auditions are overTeam 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. The standard was higher than ever with many students developing their skills greatly with very little support around them. We’re glad we’ve now found each other!

It also meant that a few young people of a standard that would have previously made it onto the courses were disappointed… as were we, because we think they’re brilliant and wish we could take more.

10-in-2017-round45 young players will join this year’s Summer School at the Purcell School in Herts. Thier final performance will be at our 10th Anniversary Concert on 12th August in Kings Place London. Watch this space for how you can be in the audience as it promises to be stunning!

39 have been offered places on our Short Course which will this year have 4 ensembles rather than 3.

All in all a bumper year. We want to thank our partners around the country who helped to conduct the auditions; those who came to meet us and pass on info about what’s happening in their area, and also those who helped to host the auditions. Thanks too to all who passed on the word that our Summer School is a priceless offer for those looking to reach the top in jazz!

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!

NYJC wins 2017 Best Musical Initiative Award!

Andy & Issie with Music Teacher Award 2017To 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 Director Andy Thornton stepped up to receive the “Best Musical Initiative” accolade from Classic FM’s Margherita Taylor.

We are particularly pleased that our work has made sure that education for jazz is on the map as a unique way of developing musicality. Amongst an incredible array of very worthy musical projects, mostly teaching classical or light music, it was wonderful to be singled out for carrying a torch for jazz and ‘supporting students to progress along a well conceived pathway from entry-level to professional musicians’, as the judges noted.

We’d like to pay particular credit to the wonderful tutors who deliver much of our work, making sure that it is of the highest quality, and also to the many partners that we’ve had over the years: enabling us to reach across the country and to special audiences. From a tiny core of regular staff we are making really good things happen – we hope you agree!

Dee Byrne is moving on… sad but true…

Dee Byrne, our fabulous virtuoso sax playing Programme Manager, is moving on from NYJC in the new year 2017.

dee-flowersDee – known to many as ‘the one who makes it all happen’ – has been with us nearly three years now but before that was one of NYJC’s Ambassadors (post-graduate jazz musicians who learn the ropes in jazz education NYJC style). She has managed to spin the plates at NYJC whilst running her own record label and gigging band Entropi – ‘no mean feat’ we hear you say. Beloved of our young Summer School musicians and tutors alike (here she is receiving the flowers at 2016’s final concert) we have to let her go… but not before recording a huge vote of thanks from all involved with NYJC, more of which will likely follow in February when she finally clears off,  becoming too famous to ever talk to us again.

Thanks Dee – you’re a gem!!

If you know anyone who would love to come and work with us in a very similar way – please have a look here and Pass it On!!



View our 2016 Summer School jazz seminar now!

Every year our Summer School features amazing national and international tutors – outstanding jazz players and composers in their own right.

Just before the final concert they answer questions from students – offering an incredible breadth of knowledge and experience. This was recorded so that as many as possible benefit from it.

Check out our video of the event here. jumoke-and-dave-at-seminar

Hosted by Jumoke Fashola and featuring our President, Dave Holland and  Founding Artistic Director Issie Barrett you can hear advice on developing musicianship to professional standards and becoming a performing jazz musician in the UK today.

The full cast you ask?? OK: all-participants-seminar

Student: Alex Ridout


  • Jeremy Price
  • Percy Pursglove
  • Dominic Ashworth
  • Gareth Lockrane
  • Mark Mondesir
  • Cleveland Watkiss
  • Laura Jurd
  • Mark Lockheart
  • Liam Noble
  • Christine Jensen

Alumni: Alex Lockheart

Ambassador: Ben Lee

We hope you enjoy it!