New York Jazz Academy® Small Ensembles and Combo programs bring together players of similar levels and goals, matching them into small ensemble placements in an effort to maximize player satisfaction. Small ensembles cover specific styles (Great American Songbook Standards, Early Jazz, Blues, Brazilian, Afro/Latin, Odd/Mixed Meter, and others). NYJA® Small Ensembles are limited ideally to no more than 4 horns (2 is typical) and guitar, piano, bass, drums. On occasion, NYJA® allows for multiple comping instruments in one small ensemble. In rare instances, select vocalists may also be eligible to join NYJA® Small Ensembles. Players work intently with a NYJA® mentor and coach in an effort to take their music to the next level. NYJA® small ensembles often find themselves preparing for public performances, too. Groups have performed recently at Smoke Jazz Club, Club Bonafide, Carnegie Hall, and more.




  • Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Early Spring, Late Spring, Summer Semesters
  • Weekday Evenings
  • Weekend Afternoons
  • Want to start now? NYJA® offers rolling admission for many programs. Contact us to get started.
  • Dates/Times are subject to change.




    • Small Ensembles run from beginner through advanced levels. Placements require an initial assessment, and musicians are placed according to personal goals and aptitude.


  • Perform with other like-minded musicians.
  • Learn from top NYC talent.
  • Participate in concerts year-round.
  • Enjoy small ensemble sizes (typically 6-10 musicians).
  • Challenge yourself with repertoire tailored to your goals.
  • Forge lasting relationships with other players.
  • Challenge and grow as a musician.

Small Ensembles


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