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Tom Barford

NYJC Summer School year(s): 2010, 2011 2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize Tom was raised in a musical family and grew up surrounded by music, from Frank Sinatra to Louis Armstrong. He started the saxophone at the age of 9 but it wasn’t until a few years later that Will Osborne’s inspiring lessons led Tom to a […]

Sam Healey

NYJC Summer School year(s): 2008 Help Musicians’ Peter Whittingham Development Award 2020 Serious Take five Development Scheme Sam completed a classical performance degree on saxophone at Royal Northern College of Music and became a fellow of the Royal Schools of Music, before joining Beats&Pieces Big band as Alto 1.  He spent 6 years touring Europe […]

Tom Smith

NYJC Summer School year(s): 2012, 2013 and 2014 Help Musicians’ Peter Whittingham Development Award 2018 Tom Smith is a London based saxophonist and composer. Twice finalist of the BBC Young Jazz Musician in 2014 and 2016, he completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in 2018, and is preparing to release his first […]

Will Glaser

NYJC Summer School year(s): 2010 In November 2019 awarded the Developing your creative practice fund, by Arts Council England. Will was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. In 2010 he moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since Graduating from Guildhall in 2014, Will has become a highly in demand sideman […]

Ralph Wyld

NYJC Summer School year(s): Summer School 2010 & 2011, and taught on the Short Course 2018 Ralph Wyld is a vibraphonist, percussionist and composer, making his name playing original, contemporary music with artists such as Yazz Ahmed and Stan Sulzmann. Winner of both the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, and the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition […]

Alex Hitchcock

NYJC Summer School year(s): 2010 Peter Whittingham Award 2018 Conad Jazz Contest at 2018 Umbria Jazz Festival London-born Alex Hitchcock is an award-winning saxophonist and composer. His group AuB, which releases its first album on Edition Records in 2020, was described as ‘ready to make cataclysmic waves in the sound of UK jazz’ by Jazzwise. […]

Alexandra Ridout

NYJC Summer School year(s): Short course 2012, Summer schools 2013,14,15,16 2016 – BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2018 – British jazz Awards ‘Rising Star’ Alexandra Ridout was crowned the winner of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016 aged 17 and was noted in ‘The shape of jazz to come: who to look out for […]

Sam Watts

NYJC Summer School year(s): 2007 Sam Watts is a pianist and composer specialising in Brazilian music and Jazz. He has recorded and performed with artists including Jean Toussaint, Jason Miles, Jason Marsalis, Abram Wilson and Judi Jackson. In 2017 he released his debut album “Mime Music” on the SPARK! Label. He has also appeared on […]

Jas Kayser

NYJC Summer School year(s): Short Course 2011 Summer School 2012 and 2013 Introducing Berklee educated 24-year-old drummer Jas Kayser. Mentored by Terri-Lyne Carrington and currently moving between London and Panama City, where she teaches at pianist Danilo Perez’s Jazz Foundation, she’s also a composer and band leader who loves to explore the commonality between jazz […]