Jazz / World Music Auditions

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At this time the School of Music is only accepting online auditions.  Please see our Online Audition page for more information. 

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 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