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Jazz Audition

Jazz Ensembles 

Note: You do not have to be able to improvise to play in these groups.


Jazz Ensemble Audition Format:
Horn Players:
  • Prepared Piece: Play a short segment (approximately one page) of a solo transcription or jazz ensemble part of your choice.
  • Sightreading.
  • Optional: Improvisation: Blues in Bb or F or, if you can read chords, you can improvise over a given set of changes (your choice or Mike Tomaro's).
Guitarists, Pianists:
  • Prepared Piece: Play a short segment (approximately one page) of a solo transcription or jazz ensemble part of your choice.
  • Sightreading: Both melodic (single line) and harmonic (your ability to comp in different styles and grooves over a given set of changes).
  • Optional: Improvisation: Blues in Bb or F or, if you can read chords, you can improvise over a given set of changes (your choice or Mike Tomaro's).
Bassists:
  • Prepared Piece: Play a short segment (approximately one page) of a solo transcription or jazz ensemble part of your choice.
  • Styles: You will be tested on your ability to play different styles and grooves over a given set of changes.
  • Sightreading.
  • Optional: Improvisation: Blues in Bb or F or, if you can read chords, you can improvise over a given set of changes (your choice or Mike Tomaro's).
Drummers:
  • Styles: You will be tested on your ability to play different styles and grooves.
  • Sightreading.

Even if you don't consider yourself to be a jazz player, these ensembles are great places to gain experience playing in the jazz idiom. Consider this:

Performance majors: Your ability to interpret jazz and pop music may give you an edge when auditioning for a professional position.
Education majors: Your ability to interpret jazz and pop music, and the knowledge you gain in the area of rehearsal techniques, may give you an edge when applying for a teaching position.