Jazz All State Audition Information

Audition Components

WINDS (saxophone, trumpet and trombone)

  1. Chromatic scale (range as defined in All-State Band audition guidelines)
  2. Swing etude, with rhythm section backing track, at prescribed tempo
  3. Ballad etude, with rhythm section backing track, at prescribed tempo
  4. Funk etude, with rhythm section backing track, at prescribed tempo
  5. Sight-read, with rhythm section backing track
  6. Jazz head and improvise, with rhythm section backing track, to 3 choruses of 12-bar F blues. Chorus 1: Play the “head” (melody) to Charlie Parker’s Now’s the Time. Choruses 2 and 3: Improvise. Note: All 3 choruses will be “by ear”; no notation allowed.

RHYTHM SECTION (piano, guitar, bass, drums)

  1. Swing etude, with rhythm section backing track (minus the instrument performing), at prescribed tempo
  2. Ballad etude, with rhythm section backing track, at prescribed tempo
  3. Funk etude, with rhythm section backing track, at prescribed tempo
  4. Sight-reading, with rhythm section backing track
  5. Accompany (piano, guitar and bass: “comp”; drums: play “time”) and improvise, with rhythm section backing track, to 3 choruses of 12-bar F blues (Charlie Parker’s Now’s the Time). 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.

Audition Etude Recordings 

Accompaniments

Etudes (Alpha Order)

Improvisation (Note – mm = 152)

References