AUDITIONS FOR PLACEMENT IN JAZZ BIG BANDS AND JAZZ SMALL GROUPS

All auditionees must SIGN UP for a jazz audition; sign-up sheets will be posted outside Conservatory office during New Student Week and on the Jazz Room bulletin board. Indicate your wishes to perform in:

  • Both a large jazz ensemble/big band AND a jazz small group/combo
  • Large jazz ensemble/big band only
  • Jazz small group/combo only

LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLES (Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, & Jazz Workshop) meet 3:10-4:20 M&W, 4:30-5:30 Thursdays. JAZZ SMALL GROUPS/COMBOS meet twice weekly for one hour TBA. Participation in these groups is a 3-term commitment unless you are studying off campus or graduating early.

Each auditionee will be placed in one AUDITIONING GROUP. Personnel for each auditioning group will be posted on the Jazz Room bulletin board at noon on Monday, September 15. Students will audition in 6 Auditioning Groups of 10-15 players. Each group will have:

  • 2-3 sax

  • 2 trumpet

  • 2 trombone

  • 1-2 guitar

  • 1-2 piano

  • 1-2 bass

  • 1-2 drums

  • 1 miscellaneous (vibes, violin, etc.)

35 minutes per group with all Jazz Faculty present in the Jazz Room (Shattuck 46).

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

  • 3:10-3:45   RETURNING STUDENTS Group 1

  • 3:45-4:20   RETURNING STUDENTS Group 2

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

  • 3:10-3:45   RETURNING STUDENTS Group 3

  • 3:45-4:20   RETURNING STUDENTS Group 4

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

  • 4:30-5:15   NEW/INCOMING STUDENTS Group 1

  • 5:15-6:00   NEW/INCOMING STUDENTS Group 2

AUDITION MATERIALS:

  • 1 minute solo (performed alone – no CD play-along or live accompaniment) of a prepared jazz transcription/jazz tune/jazz etude of student’s choice. Your own transcription of a recorded jazz solo is ideal; performing the melody to a jazz standard (compositions by artists such as Charlie Parker, etc.) also work well; and jazz etudes from books by fine jazz writers are also suitable for solo presentations. Choose a solo that demonstrates your jazz conception/sense of style as well as technical facility, and prepare it thoughtfully in advance.
  • Drummers may elect to (1) transcribe a recorded solo, (2) perform a drumset etude/study, or (3) demonstrate a series of different styles in rapid succession. (Like all other instruments, one minute maximum.)
  • Group sight-reading in mixed styles

  • Improvisation on Bb blues with all group members contributing 2 solo choruses each

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