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    It’s time for you to work on your chops with a band! NYJA 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 are themed, covering a range of topics, including legacy themes (Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Blue Note Soul Jazz, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus) and specific styles (Great American Songbook Standards, Early Jazz, Blues, Brazilian, Afro/Latin, Odd/Mixed Meter). Limited to no more than 1 vocalist, 4 horns (2 is typical) and one on a part in the rhythm section (guitar, piano, bass, drums), players work 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, Somethin’ Jazz Club, and more.


  • Manhattan (Various Locations)
  • Brooklyn (Various Locations)
  • Long Island (Syosset)
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  • Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall Semesters
  • Mondays, 7pm-8:50pm
  • Tuesdays, 7pm-8:50pm
  • Wednesdays, 8pm-9:50pm
  • Thursdays, 12pm-1:50pm
  • Thursdays, 7pm-8:50pm
  • Fridays, 12pm-1:50pm
  • Fridays, 8pm-10pm
  • Saturdays, 11am-12:50pm
  • Saturdays, 4:10pm-6:00pm
  • 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.



    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 4-8 musicians).
  • Challenge yourself with repertoire tailored to your goals.
  • Forge lasting relationships with other players.
  • Challenge and grow as a vocalist.

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