2019-2020 Junior Festival Jazz Audition Information
Contact Patrick Kennedy with any jazz audition questions
Basie's Blues, pages 8 and 9, in Easy Jazz Conception, by Jim Snidero
Play WITH CD accompaniment.
Piano, Bass, Guitar, Vibes
Workshop Blues, pages 2 and 3, in Rhythm Section Workout by Berg/Hamilton/Fischer/Houghton. Also, perform Comping Sample #6.
Play with or without CD accompaniment.
Vibes, same as piano, but with 2 & 3 note voicings and proper pedal technique on Comping Sample #6.
Workshop Blues, pages 2 and 3, in Rhythm Section Workout by Berg/Hamilton/Fischer/Houghton. Also, demonstrate swing, Latin, funk and ballad styles.
NOTE: Improvisation over the chord changes is encouraged during the audition, but not required. Students will receive valuable feedback from the adjudicators and the scores may be used by group manager to assign solo parts within the ensemble.
All students will play one major scale in keeping with the scales required for their instrument, a two octave chromatic scale, and a Bb or F concert blues scale.
Scales for brass, woodwinds and vibes are prescribed on the MMEA-WD website.
guitar - C, G, D, E, A, F, Bb, Eb, Ab (two octaves)
piano - C, D, A, E, F, Bb, Eb, Ab (two octaves)
bass - C, D, A, Bb, Eb (one octave) G, F, Ab (two octaves)
Jazz Drummers do not need to play scales
Percussionists may use the drum set provided by WSU or bring their own 4 or 5 piece set.
Guitar and Bass amplifiers ARE available at Westfield State. Vibes may use the vibraphone provided by WSU or bring their own vibraphone.
PLEASE NOTE: IMPROVISATION IS NOT REQUIRED FOR JAZZ AUDITIONS
Students will be assessed and given feedback in this area; however, it will not be added into the final tabulation. Improvisation scores may be used to assist the director in assigning parts within the ensemble.