Entrance Auditions for Jazz Studies Concentration

All wind instruments, Guitar, Piano and Vibes

  • perform a Blues tune of your choosing
    play head and two choruses of unaccompanied improvised solo
  • perform Take The A Train, by Billy Strayhorn
    play head and two choruses of unaccompanied improvised solo
  • perform Donna Lee, by Charlie Parker / Miles Davis
    play head only, improvisation is optional

Bass

  • walk two choruses of Blues
  • perform A Night in Tunisia, by Dizzy Gillespie
    play introduction, head and two choruses of unaccompanied improvised solo

Drum Set

  • perform Green Chimneys, by Thelonious Monk
    play head and one chorus of unaccompanied improvised solo, one chorus of "time," then “trade fours” with yourself (time for 4 bars then solo for 4 bars)
  • be able to lay the following styles:
    • Medium swing
    • Fast Swing
    • Light Latin 4-feel
    • High energy Samba 2-feel
    • Rock/Fusion
    • Ballad (brushes)