AUDITIONS - UNL Jazz Ensembles/Combos

Spring 2016 Ensemble Audition Information

UNL JAZZ STUDIES

SPRING 2016 Jazz Auditions

January 11, 2016 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm in WMB 109

ALL AUDITIONS ARE HELD IN WESTBROOK MUSIC BUILDING ROOM 109

SIGN UP SHEETS ARE POSTED OUTSIDE WMB 205 ON THE JAZZ STUDIES BOARD.

UNL JAZZ GROUPS ARE OPEN TO ALL STUDENT REGARDLESS OF DEGREE

AUDITION INFORMATION
Download the Jazz Audition Music and information packet

Auditions will be held for students interested in joining the UNL Big Band for the

following positions: tenor sax, baritone sax, trumpet, trombone, and piano. *Note

there is no longer a drum opening for the big band*

Students who are interested in joining a jazz combo and are not already

participating in one during the fall semester are also encouraged to audition at this

time (especially drummers).

A signup sheet is posted on the jazz board in front of room 205. Please make sure to

fill out a jazz audition information sheet and bring it to your audition (available

online).

Horn Players (saxes, trumpets, trombones)

-Perform the melody to “Blues for Alice” (pdf online) with play-along, quarter note =

160

-Improvise 1-2 choruses on the tune (required for all combo auditions, optional for

big band auditions)

-Combo auditions only: Also improvise on Bb or F blues

Piano/Guitar

-Perform the melody to “Blues for Alice” (pdf online) with play-along, quarter note =

160

-Comp 2 choruses of the tune

-Improvise 1-2 choruses on the tune (required for all combo auditions, optional for

big band auditions)

-Combo auditions only: Also improvise on Bb or F blues

Bass

-Perform the melody to “Blues for Alice” (pdf online) with play-along, quarter note =

160

-Walk 2 choruses of the tune

-Improvise 1-2 choruses on the tune (required for all combo auditions, optional for

big band auditions)

-Combo auditions only: Also improvise on Bb or F blues

Drums

- Drummers should also perform the following styles 1. Medium-tempo swing

(quarter note =120), 2. Up-tempo swing (quarter note = 220), 3. Samba (half note =

100), 4. Afro-Cuban 12/8 (dotted quarter = 120), 5. Bossa Nova (quarter note = 130)

6. Funk (quarter note = 90)

- Please note: Each style should be performed trading four bars of time, followed by

four bars of solo. Each style demonstration should be 32 bars total with the

exception of the Up-tempo swing which should be 64 bars using 8 bars of time

followed by 8 bars of solo.