AUDITIONS - UNL Jazz Ensembles/Combos

JAZZ AUDITIONS

All UNL Jazz Ensembles will meet in Fall 2020, following CDC and NU recommendations to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Auditions will be held remotely — auditioning students will upload recordings which can be created on a cell phone or laptop. Read below for audition requirements. 



Auditions for Fall 2020 Jazz Ensembles have concluded. Click here to see the rosters for Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Big Band. Combo rosters can be found here

UNL Jazz Orchestra/Big Band 2020-21 Audition Requirements

ALL INSTRUMENTS
  1. Download the etude for your instrument from the “UNLJO Audition Etudes” Box folder. If you’re auditioning for a specific chair (e.g. lead trumpet, bass trombone), download that etude instead of the “section” etude for your instrument.
  2. Download the “Bb Blues 2 Choruses” audio file if you’re auditioning for a solo chair.
  3. Record your audition video using a cell phone. Do not use any external mics or edit your video in any way.
  4. Fill out the online UNLJO Audition Form and upload your audition video when prompted. If you take multiple videos as part of your audition (i.e. for different excerpts), compress your submissions into a single .zip file before uploading. Students who audition for Jazz Orchestra will automatically be considered for big band.
NOTE: You must record each part of your audition video in one contiguous take. Performances of the Audition Etude, for example, cannot be stitched together from multiple takes. You may record separate components of the audition in individual videos — however, auditions containing edited performance takes will be discarded.


WIND PLAYERS

Your audition video should include the following:

  • Perform the UNLJO Audition Etude in its entirety.
  • If you would like to be considered for a solo chair, improvise 2 choruses of Bb blues along with the recording provided in the Auditions folder.



PIANO

Your audition video should include the following:

  • Perform the UNLJO Audition Etude as follows: from A to C, play the melody in the right hand while comping in the left hand. From C to the end, comp with both hands (as if the melody is being played by a horn player).
  • Improvise 2 choruses of Bb blues along with the recording provided (be sure to use the file marked “NO PIANO”).



GUITAR

Your audition video should include the following:

  • Perform the UNLJO Audition Etude as written.
  • Comp a full chorus of the UNLJO Audition Etude as follows: from A to C, comp Freddie Green-style. From C to the end, comp in any style of your choosing.
  • OPTIONAL: Improvise 2 choruses of Bb blues along with the recording provided (be sure to use the file marked “NO PIANO”).


  
BASS
 

Your audition video should include the following:

  • Perform the UNLJO Audition Etude as follows: From A to C, play the melody as written.
  • From C to the end, improvise a walking bass line.
  • OPTIONAL: Improvise 2 choruses of Bb blues along with the recording.

DRUMS

Your audition video should include the following:

  • Perform the UNLJO Audition Etude. Play swing for the entire form, using the melody as "drum figures" and adding fills where appropriate.
  • Play 8-16 bars of at least 3 of the following groups (announce your choices on the video):
           samba, bossa nova, straight-8th hip-hop, Dilla, shuffle funk, rock, one style of your choice. 



UNL Jazz Combo Audition Requirements

ALL INSTRUMENTS

If you audition for Jazz Orchestra/Big Band, that audition will count as your audition for Jazz Combos as well. If you would like to be considered for combos only, submit the following:

  • Wind/strings players, piano, guitar, bass, vibraphone, voice: Download the "Bb Blues 2 Choruses" file in the "UNL Audition Etudes" Box folder. Perform a blues head of your choice for the first chorus (announce your selection), and improvise a solo over the second chorus.
  • Drums: Play 8-16 bars of at least 3 of the following groups (announce your choices on the video): samba, bossa nova, straight-8th hip-hop, Dilla, shuffle funk, rock, one style of your choice.