Jazz All State Audition Information

Auditions for high school Jazz All-State Bands 1, 2, and 3 are held concurrently with NMMEA All-State auditions in early November.
 

New policies for 2019: 

 
  • The audition etude will be performed not with metronome, as in the past, but with an accompaniment track of piano, bass and drums. See below for a link to practice resources in various formats.
  • Improvisation is required, not optional. All auditioners will improvise to two choruses of Bb blues. The chord progression is provided with the practice resources linked below, but in the audition it must be memorized; no notation permitted.
  • The two choruses of improvisation will be preceded by a blues “head” (melody), played from memory. This year’s blues head is Tenor Madness by Sonny Rollins. Because of copyright we are unable to provide the notation to the melody. A recommended source is volume 8 of the Jamey Aebersold jazz play-along series: Sonny Rollins. The practice accompaniment tracks are three choruses (three times through the chord progression) played at quarter note = 144 for middle school, quarter note = 168 for high school; chorus 1: play head; choruses 2 and 3: improvise.

Audition Components
 

WINDS (saxophone, trumpet and trombone)
  • Chromatic scale (range as defined in All-State Band audition guidelines)
  • Swing etude, with rhythm section backing track, at prescribed tempo
  • Ballad etude, with rhythm section backing track, at prescribed tempo
  • Funk etude, with rhythm section backing track, at prescribed tempo
  • Sight-read, with rhythm section backing track
  • Jazz head and improvise, with rhythm section backing track, to 3 choruses of 12-bar Bb blues. Chorus 1: Play the “head” (melody) to Sonny Rollins’ Tenor Madness. Choruses 2 and 3: Improvise. Note: All 3 choruses will be “by ear”; no notation allowed.
RHYTHM SECTION (piano, guitar, bass, drums)
  • Swing etude, with rhythm section backing track (minus the instrument performing), at prescribed tempo
  • Ballad etude, with rhythm section backing track, at prescribed tempo
  • Funk etude, with rhythm section backing track, at prescribed tempo
  • Sight-reading, with rhythm section backing track
  • Accompany (“comp”) and improvise, with rhythm section backing track, to 3 choruses of 12-bar Bb blues (Sonny Rollins’ Tenor Madness). Chorus 1: Comp. Choruses 2 and 3: Improvise (drums: backing track will be turned off). Note: All 3 choruses will be “by ear”; no notation allowed.

High School Audition Etudes

Click here to access various practice resources for High School All-State Jazz Band