New York Jazz Academy® Summer Jazz Intensives are NYC’s most popular summer jazz programs for jazz musicians, including both teens and adults. These unique summer jazz music camps emphasize practical playing experience through a variety of classes, clinics, and performance activities for today’s jazz musician. For the first time, this summer’s intensives will include a completely immersive jazz experience that incorporates visits to major New York City jazz venues, including clubs, historical sites, and visits with influential players on the NYC jazz scene.

Each week features new curricular material, giving musicians the flexibility to attend as many weeks as they choose. All participants will be placed in performance ensembles that stress a combination of reading music, improvising and collaborative music-making. Participants will leave the program with a significantly greater understanding of harmony, melody, and jazz styles.

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When and where are the NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives (in NYC)?

In NYC, the 2019 NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives are scheduled to be held from July-August (Mon-Thurs, 11am-5pm; Fri, 12pm-5pm) in Times Square, Manhattan at 149 W. 46 St. (@ 7th Ave.), New York, NY, 10036. Participants may choose to attend one or more weeks. All locations are subject to change, and hours may change slightly, as needed to accommodate any field trips, outings, concerts, etc.

  • Week 1: July 1-5
  • Week 2: July 8-12
  • Week 3: July 15-19
  • Week 4: July 22-26
  • Week 5: July 29-August 2
  • Week 6: August 5-9
  • Week 7: August 12-16
  • Week 8: August 19-23
  • Week 9: August 26-30

When and where are the NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives (on Long Island)?

On Long Island, the 2018 NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives will be held in July at 14 Cold Spring Rd., Syosset, NY 11791. Mon-Thurs will run 11am-5pm. Fridays will be held in Manhattan (concert day) from 12pm-5pm. Participants may choose to attend one or both weeks.

  • Week 1: July 15-19
  • Week 2: July 22-26

Who teaches at the NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives?

NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives faculty is selected from the main NYJA faculty roster and features many of the finest jazz musicians and educators in New York City, including Tom Dempsey, Ron Wilkins, Pete Zimmer, Adam Birnbaum, Dan Cray, Michael Webster, David Engelhard, Ron Horton, Peck Allmond, Tammy Scheffer, and Aubrey Johnson, among others.

Introducing NYJA Winter, Spring, and Custom Jazz Intensives

Do you want to enroll in a Jazz Intensive at a different time of year? New York Jazz Academy is now offering NYJA Winter Jazz Intensives, NYJA Spring Jazz Intensives, and NYJA Custom Jazz Intensives. Click here for complete information.

Can you walk me through a typical day?

11:00am Jazz Theory Classes
12:00pm Section Workshops (Improv/Rhythm/Melodic/etc.)
1:00pm Lessons/Tutorials
1:30pm LUNCH + Jam Sessions
2:00pm Ensemble Rehearsals
4:00pm Guest Artist Masterclasses/Concerts
5:00pm Regular Dismissal
6:00pm Optional evening jam/hang (select evenings)


$727-$1,295/week, depending on the number of weeks enrolled. (Click here, or on the blue button at the bottom of this page, for complete tuition details and dates). NYJA offers rolling admissions. Many spots fill before April 15, 2019, so we recommend you apply early.

What about housing?

New York Jazz Academy does not offer dormitory housing. Hotels in Manhattan tend to start at around $129/night, at a minimum. Search for “hotels near 10036”.

Is this program for me?

NYJA accepts students of varying levels, accepting only a few students on each instrument at each level. Feel free to apply for this program whether you are an advanced professional, an intermediate player, a beginner, an instrumentalist, a vocalist, a teen, or an adult. We track and place students in appropriate classes based on age and level.

How do I apply?

Submit your online application here. Applicants will be notified via email of a decision within 1-2 weeks. We strongly advise you submit your application as soon as possible, as many placements have already started to fill. Please note that if you do not have any performances available online, you may mail a CD or DVD recording of your performance to the following address:

New York Jazz Academy
P.O. Box 721331
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Need More Info?

For much more detailed information on the NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives or the New York Jazz Academy® school year programs click on this post about “What to Expect at the NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives”. Also check out our media page for Summer Jazz Intensives videos and photos.

Other Summer Options

Did you know that NYJA offers evening and weekend ensembles and programs all summer? Click here for program options.

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