Jazz

It’s vital that everyone has the freedom to explore their interest in and passion for jazz during their studies.

Ensembles such as the RNCM Jazz Collective and Big Band provide opportunities to perform to public audiences throughout the year, with our Big Band regularly featuring distinguished guest artists. Recent vistors include pianists John Taylor, Gwilym Simcock, Alex Wilson, and Nikki Iles, guitarist Mike Walker, drummer Clark Tracey, trumpeter Ryan Quigley, and singers Clare Teal and Matt Ford.

How You Will Learn

Students on the BMus programme can opt to undertake jazz electives within Academic Studies and Artist Development modules. These help you develop a knowledge of core jazz repertoire, understand how to approach improvisation, and explore the practical aspects of putting together a jazz performance. You’ll also receive specialist tuition from visiting artists and musicians prolific on the professional jazz scene which can include participation in masterclasses and performance projects. Recent visiting tutors include saxophonists Tim Garland, Bob Mintzer and Chris Potter, and vibraphonist Victor Mendoza.