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Jazz Choir Rhythm Section Audition Requirements

  1. Prepare the audition material listed here. The key is preparation. You may use a metronome to set tempo, but may not use it while playing. IF THERE IS AN INDICATED TEMPO, PLAY YOUR AUDITION AS CLOSE TO THE INDICATED METRONOME SPEEDS AS POSSIBLE. Points are deducted for going faster or slower than indicated.
  2. There is a $5.00 fee to audition. Pay this to your teacher. Each teacher will send in one check for all their students' auditions.
  3. Fill out the Student Audition Information Sheet and give it to your teacher.
  4. Record your auditions. Name and save the recordings to your hard drive. Each exercise must be recorded as a separate file.
  5. If you have any questions about the Jazz Choir Rhythm Section contact: Corrina Steinbach
  6. All auditions must be completed and uploaded by the due date, October 6, 2017

JAZZ CHOIR RHYTHM SECTION AUDITION MATERIALS

All examples are to be played alone (without accompaniment) except where indicated. For the rhythm tracks you may use the indicated Aebersold track, a live rhythm section, or the iReal rhythm section generator. Aebersold tracks are preferred over iReal. You will need to indicate which one you used on the audition application.

Piano

  1. Play the first 12 bars from the written piano part from "Practical Love" (Jazz Piano, example 1).
  2. Comp with melody and chords for one chorus of “I’m Old Fashioned” from Aebersold, Volume 55, followed by two choruses of improvisation. You may use a live rhythm section, Aebersold, Volume 55, left channel only, or iReal with the Piano and Guitar tracks muted, Key of F, Quarter note = 132.
  3. Improvise a solo playing 3 choruses of up tempo Bb blues using a live rhythm section, Aebersold, Volume 2, track 5, left channel only, or iReal with the Piano and Guitar tracks muted. (iReal, use Blues-Jazz at Jazz-Medium Up Swing, quarter note = 200.)
  4. Play any additional example of your choice not to exceed one minute.

Guitar

  1. Play the written guitar part from “Funky Love” (Jazz Guitar, example 1).
  2. Comp 16 measures from “I’m Old Fashioned” from Aebersold, Volume 55 with a live rhythm section, Aebersold Volume 55, left channel only, or iReal with the Piano and Guitar tracks muted, Key of F, Quarter note = 132.
  3. Improvise a solo playing 3 choruses of up tempo Bb blues using a live rhythm section, Aebersold, Volume 2, track 5, left channel only, or iReal with the Piano and Guitar tracks muted. (iReal, use Blues-Jazz at Jazz-Medium Up Swing, quarter note = 200.)
  4. Play any additional example of your choice not to exceed one minute.

Bass

Acoustic Bass is preferred, but electric bass is acceptable.

  1. Play the written bass part from “Funky Love” (Jazz Bass, example 1).
  2. Play a walking bass line, the chord changes for two choruses and optional solo on the third chorus of “I’m Old Fashioned” from Aebersold, Volume 55 with a live rhythm section, Aebersold, Volume 55, right channel only, or iReal with the bass line muted, Key of F, Quarter note = 132..
  3. Using a live rhythm section, Aebersold, Volume 31, right channel only, or iReal with the bass line muted, play a bossa nova bass line on “Once I Loved” from Aebersold, Volume 31 for one chorus, and also improvise a solo for one chorus if you choose to. iReal track should be in the key of G at Quarter note = 182.
  4. Play any additional example of your choice not to exceed one minute.

Drums

    For each of tracks 1-3, play 16 measures “trading 4’s” divided alternately as 4 bars of time, 4 bars of solo, etc., within each 16 measure track.

  1. Play 16 measure of medium swing. (Quarter note = 120)
  2. Play 16 measure of fast swing. (Quarter note = 200)
  3. Play 16 measure of Bossa Nova (Quarter note = 152)
  4. 4. Play “Big Band Excerpt - #1". Play time and figures along with appropriate solo fill and set ups. (Quarter note = 200)

For questions or more information, contact the Jazz Band chairman, Corrina Steinbach