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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 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.

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

In NYC, the 2016 NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives will be held from July-August (M-F, 11:00am-5:00pm, with an optional early drop-off at 10am daily) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side at 263 West 86th St. (at West End Ave.), New York, NY, 10024.* Participants may choose to attend one or more weeks.
[*Note: Week 7, August 15-19, will be held in Midtown Manhattan at 251 West 30th St. (at 8th Ave.), New York, NY, 10001].

  • Week 1: July 5-9 (Tues-Sat)
  • Week 2: July 11-15 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 3: July 18-22 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 4: July 25-29 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 5: August 1-5 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 6: August 8-12 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 7: August 15-19 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 8: August 22-26 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 9: August 29-September 2 (Mon-Fri)

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

On Long Island, the 2016 NYJA Summer Jazz Intensives will be held in July-August (M-F, 11:00am-5:00pm) at 14 Cold Spring Rd., Syosset, NY 11791. Participants may choose to attend one or more weeks.

  • Week 1: July 11-15 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 2: July 18-22 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 3: July 25-29 (Mon-Fri)
  • Week 4: August 1-5 (Mon-Fri)

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, Dave Ambrosio, Pete Zimmer, Adam Birnbaum, Dan Cray, Michael Webster, David Engelhard, Ron Horton, JC Sanford, 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 Sectional Workshops (Rhythm Section/Melodic/etc.)
1:00pm Daily Private Lessons
1:30pm LUNCH + Jam Sessions
2:00pm Ensemble Rehearsals
4:00pm Guest Artist Master classes
5:00pm Regular Dismissal
6:00pm Optional evening jam/hang


$716-$1,095/week, depending on the number of weeks enrolled. (click on the blue button at the bottom of this page for complete tuition details and dates)

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 10024”.

How do I apply?

Submit your online application. If you do not have any performances available on the web, 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

What is the application deadline?

As of May 17, applications for Summer 2016 are still being accepted. Contact us if you are concerned about availability for 2016.

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, including a fully immersive 1-day mini-camp for adults and teens most Saturdays in July and August? Click here for program options.

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