Jazz & Improvisational Music Activities

Activity 1: Prepare for your Jazz Audition

Summary of Audition Materials:

  • Detailed Audition Requirements can be found here.  

Activity 2: Learn a tune

Check out the "Tunes of the Week" and learn by ear from a recording: Blues Five Spot by Thelonious Monk.
Click here to check it out.

During Welcome week, you will play this tune with the faculty during a jam/info session for all freshman interested in jazz.

Jazz Faculty

  • Jose Encarnacion, saxophone, Jazz and Improvisational Music Department Chair
  • Patty Darling, composition, Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble (LUJE)
  • John Daniel, trumpet
  • Tim Albright, trombone
  • Bill Carrothers, piano
  • Steve Peplin, guitar
  • Mark Urness, bass
  • Dane Richeson, drums
  • Janet Planet, voice
  • Matt Turner, Improvisation Group of Lawrence University (IGLU)
  • Marty Erickson, tuba

Video of Jazz Faculty

Click here for a full list of videos of jazz faculty and jazz ensembles to get you inspired

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