Jazz Seating Audition

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


Jazz Ensemble Seating 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 jazz. Your ability to interpret jazz can give you an edge on stage, in the studio, and in the classroom.