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.
- Manhattan (Times Square)
- Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights)
- Queens (Sunnyside)
- Long Island (Syosset)
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- Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Early Spring, Late Spring, Summer Semesters
- Mondays, 6pm-7:50pm
- Mondays, 7pm-8:50pm
- Tuesdays, 7:00pm-8:50pm
- Wednesdays, 8pm-9:50pm
- Thursdays, 12pm-1:50pm
- Thursdays, 7:00pm-8:50pm
- Fridays, 6pm-7:50pm
- Fridays, 8pm-9:50pm
- Saturdays, 12pm-1:50pm
- Saturdays, 4pm-5:50pm
- Sundays, 4pm-5:30pm
- Sundays, 7pm-8:50pm
- By Appointment, contact us for other times.
- Want to start now? NYJA offers rolling admission for many programs. Contact us to get started.
- *Dates/Times are subject to change.
- Semesters are typically 7-9 sessions/weeks in duration.
- $411-$448/semester (member rate).
- $560/semester (regular rate).
- Learn more about makeup dates and membership.
- Additional discounts available for members who sign up for a 1-Year Program plan. Contact NYJA for complete information..
- Interested in a class bundle? Click here for current class bundle offers and discounts.
Small Ensembles run from beginner through advanced levels. Placements require an initial assessment, and musicians are placed according to personal goals and aptitude.
- Contact us to get started with your assessment.
- Perform with other like-minded musicians.
- Learn from top NYC talent.
- Participate in concerts year-round.
- Enjoy small ensemble sizes (typically 5-8 musicians).
- Challenge yourself with repertoire tailored to your goals.
- Forge lasting relationships with other players.
- Challenge and grow as a musician.
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