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Head of Jazz Nick Smart BABM, PGDip, LGSM, Hon ARAM Internationally renowned jazz educator, trumpeter and musical director. In regular demand as a sideman to players of all generations on the London jazz scene, he also records and tours with his own projects Nick Smart’s Black Eyed Dog, Trio and Jazz Matanzas. His versatility has allowed him to perform with international stars including George Russell, Bob Brookmeyer and New York Voices. Member of the Kenny Wheeler Big Band and regular soloist with the James Taylor Quartet.

The Academy has for many years now produced the most outstanding array of exciting, versatile, creative and employable musicians to emerge on to the jazz scene.

So what is so unique about studying at the Academy that equips our graduates to achieve such consistently high levels? We offer an ideal supportive environment in which to learn and experiment with this extremely broad art form. There is a strong emphasis on performance and composition, with opportunities to play with your own groups — at the Academy and also at the many venues with which we have strong links, including the 606, the Vortex, the Forge, Ronnie Scott’s and Kings Place.

The Academy jazz course benefits from small numbers, enabling you to receive a personalised education and close support throughout your studies. The students of each year-group grow and develop as an ensemble by playing together extensively in projects and classes, as well as collaborating with players from other years. This interaction between peers has naturally developed to a level where lifelong musical associations are formed.

The finest jazz musicians have always been complete musicians with a unified voice through their improvising, composing and arranging: from Duke Ellington to Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter to Kenny Wheeler. We strive to continue this tradition with a full and varied course covering many aspects and forms of jazz and applications within other genres. We aim that, by graduation, you will have found your own creative voice and will be equipped with a versatile set of skills to enable you to pursue the future you want as a working musician.

The department runs a four-year BMus undergraduate programme, and MA and MMus programmes of 1–2 years.

Recent Student Successes Academy jazz graduates are found at the cutting edge of the scene, wherever innovations are being made. John Escreet and Orlando le Fleming are working in New

York; and in London Kit Downes, Gwilym Simcock and Jasper Hoiby, amongst many others, have enjoyed countless successes.

The Teachers Head of Jazz Programmes Nick Smart BABM, PGDip, LGSM, Hon ARAM

International Jazz Artist in Residence Dave Douglas

Visiting Professor of Jazz Django Bates

Composition & Arranging Pete Churchill

Aural & Transcription Tom Cawley ARAM

World Rhythms Barak Schmool MA, GRSM, LRAM

History Alyn Shipton PhD | Martin Speake LTCL, FTCL Keith Nichols GGSM, Hon ARAM

Jazz Supporting Studies Nikki Iles Hon ARAM

Repertoire/Improvisation Pete Churchill | Martin Speake Nick Smart | Tom Cawley

Saxophone Martin Speake | Stan Sulzmann FRAM Iain Ballamy | Julian Siegel Andy Panayi | James Allsop

Trumpet Nick Smart | Mike Lovatt

Trombone Gordon Campbell | Mark Bassey


Voice Nia Lynn | Pete Churchill Kathleen Willison | Norma Winstone

Piano Tom Cawley | Nikki Iles | Gwilym Simcock Liam Noble | Pete Saberton

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Guitar John Parricelli | Mike Walker | Phil Robson

Vibes Jim Hart | Anthony Kerr

Bass (electric and acoustic) Jeremy Brown | Tom Herbert Michael Janisch | Paul Westwood

Drum Kit Martin France | Jeff Williams

Technology Peiman Khosravi

Jazz LRAM teaching qualification Nick Smart

Ensembles Projects reflect the diversity of the jazz scene. Tutors are selected from our outstanding faculty alongside visiting artists including Jason Rebello, Mark Lockheart, Oren Marshall, Seb Rochford, Chris Batchelor, Richard Fairhurst and Mark Sanders.


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2010–2011 Highlights Big Band projects with Peter Erskine, Julian Arguelles, Tony Coe, James Taylor and more Masterclasses and composition clinics with Dave Douglas, Seamus Blake, Jon Hendricks, Steve Gadd, Will Vinson, Jon Irabagon, Steve Lehman, Mike Moreno, FOOD, Kurt Elling’s quartet, Jonathan Kreisberg and many more Postgraduate composers commissioned to write works alongside Django Bates for London’s Swiss Centre Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize launched with an album to be released on Edition Records Professional Development seminars with Jon Newey (Jazzwise), Helen Mayhew (JazzFM), Dave Stapleton (Edition Records) and Sebastian Scotney (LondonJazzBlog). Academy student gigs at Kings Place, Ronnie Scott’s, the Forge, Pizza Express, LSO St Lukes, the 606 and the Vortex

Senior Administrator: Helen Wills BA, Hon ARAM Telephone 020 7873 7479 Email Open Day: 16th September 2011

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