Jazz Studies

Auditions: Jazz Studies

Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano:

  • All major scales
  • Chromatic scale encompassing practical range of the instrument
  • Two (2) prepared pieces from the standard jazz repertoire (in contrasting styles – blues, latin, swing, ballad, waltz) structured in the following form:
    • 1st chorus - Melody
    • 2nd chorus - Accompaniment (piano only)
    • 3rd chorus - Improvised Solo
    • 4th chorus - Melody
  • Sightreading

Jazz Guitar:

  • All major scales and arpeggios (two-octaves), in time
  • Two (2) prepared pieces from the standard jazz repertoire (in contrasting styles – blues, latin, swing, ballad, waltz) structured in the following form:
    • 1st chorus - Melody
    • 2nd chorus - Accompaniment
    • 3rd chorus - Improvised Solo
    • 4th chorus - Melody
  • Sightreading (melodies, chord symbols and chord voicing's)

Jazz Bass:

  • All major scales and arpeggios (two-octaves)
  • Play bass accompaniment in the following styles:  
    • Blues, Medium Up-Tempo Swing, Bebop, Latin/Bossa, Ballad, Jazz Waltz
  • Perform two pieces from contrasting jazz styles (you may use a recorded accompaniment track if you wish, but it is not required)
  • Sight-reading: Reading of notated bass parts, commonly found in big band and small group charts, AND read a lead sheet and create a functional bass line from it
     

Jazz Drum Set:

A demonstration of each of the following styles:

  • Medium-tempo swing (with sticks and brushes)
  • Up-tempo swing
  • Bossa nova
  • Samba
  • Funk
  • Ballad with brushes

(be prepared to play time in 4/4 and 3/4)

  • Trade 4's over a Blues
  • Demonstrate proficiency in two of the following areas: Mallets, Timpani, Snare
  • Sightreading

Jazz Voice:

  • Three (3) prepared pieces from the standard jazz repertoire (in contrasting styles – blues, latin, swing, ballad, waltz) structured in the following form:
    • 1st chorus - Melody
    • 2nd chorus - Improvised Solo
    • 3rd chorus - Melody
    • Sightread
  • Demonstration of piano skills