2017-18 JazzU Auditions

Jazz St. Louis is proud to announce auditions for the 2017-18 JazzU program. On this page, you will find all of the necessary information and resources for your audition.

Auditions will take place June 5-8, between 4 and 9 pm in the Centene Jazz Education Center, located on the 3rd floor of the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, 3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103.

Important Dates/Deadlines:

Application Deadline
applications (found below) must be postmarked by Friday, April 28, 2017. Once the application materials have been received, students will be assigned an audition time on the date which corresponds with the applicant’s instrument (see below). Audition times will be sent via standard US mail.

Monday, June 5 – reeds
Tuesday, June 6 – trumpets and trombones
Wednesday, June 7 – rhythm section/vocals
Thursday, June 8 – rhythm section/vocals

Audition Results
Results of the auditions will be announced during the first part of July.

Audition Procedures

Students will be asked to play the melodies and improvise over 3 tunes chosen from the categories listed under Application Materials. They may also be asked to play scales (major and chromatic) chosen at random by the audition judges.
Students auditioning on voice have the same requirements as horn players. They will be expected to sing the melody with lyrics (if applicable; lead sheets with lyrics are marked below) or by using scat syllables. Students will also be asked to improvise over their chosen songs. The optional transcription is recommended for vocalists as well.
Rhythm section members will be assessed on their ability to accompany other musicians. Bass players should be able to play the melodies to the tunes, improvise and “walk” bass lines. Guitar/piano players will be expected to play the melodies, improvise and “comp.” Drummers will be asked to demonstrate swing and Latin grooves, improvise and “trade.”
This section is not required, but is strongly recommended.
Prepare two choruses of one of the following solos:
  • Miles Davis’s solo on “Freddie Freeloader,” from Kind of Blue
  • J.J. Johnson’s solo on “Blue Trombone,” from The Trombone Master

By “transcription”, we mean that students should repeatedly listen to the specific version of one of the solos mentioned above and learn to play the solo by ear. Students should not use an already written out solo nor should they write out the solo themselves. The goal is for them to learn the solo by ear and emulate either Miles or J.J. to the best of their ability. This will help give us an opportunity to accurately assess the student’s abilities and skill level.

Returning students’ auditions will be based on the tunes and material covered in their 2015-16 JazzU group as well as the assessment standards outlined in the JazzU student handbook.


Application Materials and Resources:

You may apply online or with the downloadable PDF application.

Click here to apply online.

Click here to download the PDF application.

The application is an editable PDF. You can type directly into the application and sign electronically (you must save the application to your desktop before you can type into the fields). Applications and answers to questions can be attached to an email and submitted to andy@jazzstl.org or mailed to the address listed on the application. The teacher recommendation (for NEW students only) can be sent separately, via standard US mail. Please make sure that the students name is indicated on every piece of paper to ensure that no items are lost.

Audition Materials
Below are lead sheets in concert pitch for each audition tune. Lyrics are included on those songs have lyrics. Only pick one from each category and REMEMBER, they are in concert pitch, which means that you will have to transpose if you do not play a concert-pitched instrument. Also listed with each tune is a suggested reference recording. Use the reference recording to help learn the tunes, phrase the melody, and improvise.

All of the blues melodies are on one sheet and can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Now’s the Time, Charlie Parker, The Essential Charlie Parker
C-Jam Blues, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, The Great Summit (recorded as “Duke’s Place”)
Sonnymoon for Two, Sonny Rollins, A Night at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 2

All the Things You Are (lyrics), Johnny Griffin, A Blowin’ Session
Autumn Leaves (lyrics), Cannonball Adderly, Something Else
Beautiful Love (lyrics), Bill Evans, The Best of Bill Evans on Victor Verve

Black Orpheus (lyrics), Black Orpheus, The Motion Picture Soundtrack
Blue Bossa, Joe Henderson, Page One
Song for my Father, Horace Silver, Song for My Father
St. Thomas, Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus

Questions can be directed to Andy Ament, Education Associate at andy@jazzstl.org or 314.881.3093.

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