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Jazz Repertoire

Suggested Repertoire - Jazz

Saxophone, trombone, trumpet: Video recording of 3 selections of your choice, at least one of which must be a swing selection. Each must include an opening statement of the melody, followed by improvisation on the form. Recordings must include a backing track such as iReal Pro, Jamey Aebersold, or Learn Jazz Standards. Limit each tune to a maximum of 3 minutes (no need to restate the melody at the end).


Guitar, bass, piano: In addition to the above, include one chorus of accompaniment techniques on each selection (comping for guitar and piano, walking or other appropriate technique for bass). Please substitute a selection in a Latin style (Bossa Nova, samba, or mambo) for the ballad. 


Drum set: Auditioners must provide the following groove demonstrations:


  1. Medium tempo swing (Q=132), alternating 4 measures of time with 4 bars of solo, for 32 measures

  2. Up tempo swing (Q=200), alternating 4 measures of time with 4 bars of solo, for 32 measures 

  3. Jazz waltz, 32 measures of interactive timekeeping

  4. Bossa Nova, 32 measures of interactive timekeeping

  5. Samba, 32 measures of interactive timekeeping

  6. 12/8 Afro-Cuban, 32 measures of interactive timekeeping

  7. Mambo or other Cuban groove, 32 measures

  8. Brushes:

    1. Medium tempo swing (Q=132), 16 measures

    2. Up tempo swing (Q=200), 16 measures

    3. Ballad tempo (Q=60), 4 measures, doubling up to medium swing (Q=120) for 8 measures

  9. Back to sticks—play a form that consists of 10 measures of 4/4 Latin (bossa nova or similar), followed by 8 bars of swing. Repeat this form 3 times without stopping