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Jazz Performance Audition Requirements

 


Piano, Trombone, or Trumpet

Please prepare the following requirements. All Music must be memorized. 

  • Play the melody to Billie’s Bounce in concert F.
    The lead sheet can be found in Jamey Aebersold Play-a-long Volume 6, All “Bird”
  • Improvise on the same 12 bar blues in concert F*.
    The lead sheet can be found in Jamey Aebersold Play-a-long Volume 6, All “Bird”
    (*You will be asked to improvise in other keys such as Bb, C, E flat, G, or D.)
  • Sight read a lead sheet melody and/or big band chart excerpt. Chordal Instruments need to be ready to play the chords from the chord symbols as well.
  • Perform a jazz ballad of your choice with the melody and improvisation. Examples of selections include “I Can’t Get Started,” “Prelude To A Kiss,” “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good,” or ” ‘Round Midnight.” Any selection from the Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Longs, Volumes 32 and 110 are appropriate.
  • Play a bebop melody and improvise. Selections can be taken from Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long Volume 6, All “Bird”

For more information contact Ron Sanfillipo for piano, Ben Griffen for trombone or Mark Berney for trumpet.


Jazz Bass Audition Requirements

Please prepare the following requirements.

  • All 12 major and minor scales to “E3”
  • Play the melody to Billie’s Bounce in concert F (or a standard tune).
    The lead sheet can be found in Jamey Aebersold Play-a-long Volume 6, All “Bird”
  • Improvise on the same 12 bar blues in concert F* (or a standard tune).
    The lead sheet can be found in Jamey Aebersold Play-a-long Volume 6, All “Bird”
    (*You will be asked to improvise in other keys such as Bb, C, E flat, G, or D.)
  • Sight read a lead sheet melody and/or big band chart excerpt. Chordal Instruments need to be ready to play the chords from the chord symbols as well.
  • Perform a jazz ballad of your choice with the melody and improvisation. Examples of selections include “I Can’t Get Started,” “Prelude To A Kiss,” “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good,” or ” ‘Round Midnight.” Any selection from the Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Longs, Volumes 32 and 110 are appropriate.
  • Play a bebop melody and improvise. Selections can be taken from Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long Volume 6, All “Bird”
  • Play a prepared selection of your choice. Some suggestions for bass include 60 Melodic Etudes by John Patitucci or any jazz or classical piece or etude.

(Jazz bass players auditioning on string bass are expected to play with the bow.)

Please contact Dave Zinno with any general questions or questions about jazz bass auditions.


Drum Set

1. Demonstrate the following grooves:

  • Rock
  • Jazz Swing
  • Bossa Nova
  • Jazz Waltz

2. Sight reading on snare drum

3. Extra:  Perform a transcription of your choice

Please contact Steve Langone with any questions that you have about the drum set auditions.


Saxophone

The three components of the URI jazz saxophone audition are listed as follows:

I. Improvisation
Prospective students should play a melody and improvise on at least two contrasting pieces from the Real Book or from another source. Students will be evaluated on tone quality, melodic and rhythmic precision, as well as the ability to interpret melodies and adhere to harmonies. Performance by memory is strongly encouraged.

II. Technique
Be prepared to play all major scales.

III. Prepared Piece
Perform a prepared piece such as

  • a printed jazz transcription (such as from the Charlie Parker Omnibook)
  • a bebop melody like “Donna Lee” or “Billie’s Bounce”
  • an etude or classical repertoire

Other important information:

  • The jazz audition can be played on any saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone, or soprano)
  • Doubles (flute and clarinet) are not required for the audition
  • Doubles can be prepared for the audition if the student desires to demonstrate these skills

Please contact Bill Jones with any questions that you have about the saxophone auditions.


Guitar

Guitarists will be required to do the following:
1. play the 12 major scales
2. play major 7th, minor 7th and dominant 7th arpeggios in all 12 keys
3. play root position chords (D string, A string and E string voicings) for major 7th, minor 7th, dominate 7th, and minor 7th flat 5 in all 12 keys
4. comp through a 12 bar blues in C, F, B flat and E flat
5. sight read a chord chart lead sheet (a jazz standard) and sight read a simple melody from lead sheet
6. play the melody, comp the chords, and take two improvised choruses on two tunes: “Straight No Chaser,” “Mr. P.C,” or “Blues for Alice” and
“What is This Thing Called Love,” “Oleo,” or “There is No Greater Love.”

Please contact Jay Azzolina with any questions that you have about the guitar auditions.

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