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Jazz Studies Audition Requirements

Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone

  • Prepare "The Autumn Leaves" (G minor) or "There Is No Greater Love" (Bb)
  • Play the head
  • Solo one chorus
  • Accompanist will play the two A sections
  • Play the melody on the bridge to the end
  • Sight-reading as selected by the committee

 

Guitar and Piano

  • Prepare "The Autumn Leaves" (G minor) or "There Is No Greater Love" (Bb)
  • Play the head
  • Solo one chorus
  • Accompanist will play the two A sections
  • Play the melody on the bridge to the end
  • Sight-reading as selected by the committee

 

Drum Set

  • Play swing time for four bars, solo for four bars (trade 4's) at quarter note = 120
  • Play the same at half note equals 120 but trade 8's
  • Play as many of these styles as possible:  Swing with brushes, ballad with brushes, 3/4 swing, Bossa Nova, Samba, Afro Cuban 6/8, Mambo, or Songo, Funk, Rock
  • Sight-read a big band chart

 

Bass

  • Prepare Tenor Madness (Bb)
  • Play the head
  • Walk for a piano solo
  • Play a Bass solo
  • Play the head out
  • Prepare "Autumn Leaves" as a Bossa (comping only)
  • Sight-read a big band chart

 

Vocalists

  • Prepare "The Autumn Leaves" or "There Is No Greater Love" in the appropriate key
  • Sing the head
  • Scat one chorus
  • Accompanist will play the two A sections
  • Sing the melody on the bridge to the end
  • Sight-reading as selected by the committee
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