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 National Youth Jazz Summer School.

Help Raise £12,000 to Support our Summer School

Our most visible and popular programme is our annual residential SUMMER SCHOOL where, via a national audition tour, we select 45 of the most gifted and talented musicians in the UK between 14 and 18 years of age.

NYJC alumni have gone to be BBC Young Jazz Musician Winners, Grammy and Mercury nominated artists, winners at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Jazz FM Awards, and many of the current young stars on the jazz scene.

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NYJC gratefully acknowledges support from:

The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

The Garrick Charitable Trust