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National Youth Jazz Collective
Supporting the Nation’s
Best Young Jazz Musicians

Develop your Skills, Passion and Experience

National Youth Jazz Collective
Supporting the Nation’s
Best Young Jazz Musicians

Develop your Skills, Passion and Experience

The National Youth Jazz Collective enables young jazz enthusiasts to find equally keen young musicians. Together we help develop their skills, passion and experience as jazz players. With our annual Summer School and series of monthly sessions in different regional centres around England, we support music education by empowering 8–18 year-olds to learn, improvise, compose, arrange and lead bands.

National Youth Jazz Collective

If you care about helping young talented musicians develop their skills and become the new stars of the future we need your support.

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 Prize 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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Join our Summer School

Take your playing to the next level

Improvise, compose and arrange with other highly gifted young jazz enthusiasts your own age, while working with 11 of NYJC’s award-winning faculty of inspirational international teaching artists.

Join great improvising musicians, from a wide range of genres and styles, playing a host of different instruments – collectively learning to be unique and creative, while having what will probably be the best week ever!

News & Updates

BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020

Huge NYJC congratulations to Deschanel Gordon – 2020’s BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year and a hearty NYJC congratulations to the five NYJC alumni that got through to the semi-finals (Alex Clarke, Asha Parkinson, Emma Rawicz, Ralph Porrett and Roella Oloro) and rapturous applause to Alex and Ralph for getting through to the final.

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#NationalYouthJazz Wednesdays: December Update

NYJC alumni, tutors and key shakers and groovers on the current scene in conversation with NYJC Artistic Director Issie Barratt. Here’s the upcoming schedule of our online series of interviews for #NationalYouthJazz Wednesdays at 6pm.

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"I’m still friends with, and work with, the people I met on NYJC 12 years ago and the experience of music making in that environment is still with me to this day.” - Sam Healey (Saxophonist)

Applications for NYJC's 2021 Summer School are open, link in bio!

📸 by Sarah Hickson

Applications are now open for NYJC's 2021 Summer School! 🎶

Book your audition now: http://ow.ly/XU0d50CMXU3

📸 by Sarah Hickson

NYJC Summer School