Jazz / World Music Auditions

A Note About the Jazz Auditions

An audition is not required for entrance into the Jazz/World Music Bachelor of Arts degree program.  If you would like to audition for the Bachelor of Music program you will need to fill out the School of Music Audition form.

If you have further questions about the specifics of your audition, please contact the area coordinators listed below.

Jazz Audition Requirements Only

  • All instrumentalists should demonstrate major scales and arpeggios in four keys of your choice. Drum set players and vocalists should be able to demonstrate this on the piano.

  • All instrumentalists and vocalists (except drum set players) should play 2 standards or jazz tunes from the “Jazz Audition Tune List” below as well as a 12 bar blues. In each song, please play the melody and a chorus of improvised or transcribed solo.

  • Chordal Players (Keyboards and Guitar) should also demonstrate a chorus of “comping” for each of the songs.

  • Bass players should also demonstrate “walking bass” lines through at least one standard and the “blues” selection.

  • Drumset players should be able to demonstrate various “grooves” (ex: swing, bossa nova, rock, 3/4, funk, etc) at slow, medium and fast tempos, as well as playing over the form of at least one standard from the “Jazz Audition Tune List" below and one blues selection. Please prepare a chorus of the melody, a chorus of time, and a chorus of solo followed by an ending chorus of melody for the standard and the “blues”.

Jazz Audition Tune List

Standards

  • There Is No Greater Love - B flat
  • There Will Never Be Another You - E flat
  • What Is This Thing Called Love - C
  • On Green Dolphin Street - C or E flat 
  • I'll Remember April - G
  • Autumn Leaves - B flat major
  • Yesterdays - D minor
  • Alone Together –D minor
  • All the Things You Are - A flat
  • How High The Moon - G
  • Invitation - C minor
  • Bye Bye Blackbird - F
  • What's New - C
  • Body and Soul - D flat
  • Embraceable You - E flat
  • Summertime It Could Happen To You - E flat
  • Just Friends – F or B flat
  • Lover Man – D minor
  • If I Were a Bell – F
  • Lover Come Back To Me – A flat
  • Wave - D minor
  • Trieste – B flat
  • Theme From "Black Orpheus" - A minor

Jazz Tunes:

  • Confirmation - F
  • Nica's Dream - B flat
  • Recordame - A minor
  • Impressions/So What - D minor
  • All Blues - G
  • Joy Spring - F
  • Moment's Notice Blue Bossa - C minor
  • Up Jumped Spring - B flat
  • Scrapple from the Apple - F
  • Perdido - B flat
  • Caravan - F minor
  • Donna Lee - A flat
  • Well You Needn't - F
  • A Night in Tunisia - D minor
  • I Mean You – F
  • Yardbird Suite – C
  • Woody n' You – D flat
  • Watermelon Man – F
  • Cantaloupe Island – F
  • Stompin At The Savoy – D flat
  • Take The A Train – C
  • In a Mellow Tone – A flat
  • Sonny – A minor
  • Anthropology
  • Moose The Mooche
  • Eternal Triangle

Blues:

  • Now's the Time
  • Bag's Groove
  • Mr PC
  • Things Aint What They Used to Be
  • Blues By 5
  • Straight No Chaser
  • Sonny Moon For Two