Music

  • Production still from SERSE
  • french horns
  • choir and orchestra
  • pianist, clarinetist, and violinist
  • violin section of orchestra
  • wind orchestra
  • Jazz Band on stage

BM Jazz Studies Auditions

AUDITION PERFORMANCE VIDEO - DUE JANUARY 16, 2022

Horns/Strings (not bass)/Voice

  • Introduce yourself and explain why you're interested in studying jazz at CSUN (1-2 minutes).
  • Perform one medium to fast jazz tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once and solo for three choruses.

All The Things You Are
There Will Never Be Another You
Billie's Bounce

Oleo

  • Perform Body and Soul with live musicians or the provided backing track. Play the head once and solo for one chorus.
  • Perform one straight 8th tune listed below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once and solo for two choruses.

Blue Bossa
Footprints
Little Suede Shoes
Triste

Link to Melodic Instrument Backing Tracks: https://mycsun.box.com/s/8jcg6ddlrowvmnt4jqhrjgzpykzs7936 

Chordal Rhythm Section Instruments

  • Introduce yourself and explain why you're interested in studying jazz at CSUN (1-2 minutes).
  • Perform one medium to fast jazz tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once, comp for one chorus, and solo for two choruses.

All The Things You Are
There Will Never Be Another You

Billie's Bounce
Oleo

  • Perform Body and Soul unaccompanied or with the provided backing track (unaccompanied preferred). Play the melody once and solo for the chorus.
  • Perform one straight 8th tune listed below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once, comp for one chorus, and solo for two choruses.

Blue Bossa
Footprints

Little Suede Shoes

Link to Harmonic Instrument Backing Tracks: https://mycsun.box.com/s/hnu74p6lbqapg50rjdes714niqjtls5b 

Bass

  • Introduce yourself and explain why you're interested in studying jazz at CSUN (1-2 minutes).
  • Perform one medium to fast jazz tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the head once, walk for one chorus, and solo for two choruses.

All The Things You Are
There Will Never Be Another You

Billie's Bounce
Oleo

  • Perform Body and Soul with live musicians or with the provided backing track. Play the head once, walk for one chorus and solo for one chorus.
  • Perform one straight 8th tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the head once, bass function for one chorus and solo for two choruses.

Blue Bossa
Footprints

Little Suede Shoes

Link to Bass Backing Tracks: https://mycsun.box.com/s/rf7suelqydzx5zr6fxzpqbxegmtfz93j 

Drums/Percussion

  • Introduce yourself and explain why you're interested in studying jazz at CSUN (1-2 minutes).
  • Perform one medium to fast jazz swing tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play time/comp with the head, two choruses of someone else's solo, and solo over the form for two choruses.

All The Things You Are
There Will Never Be Another You

Billie's Bounce
Oleo

  • Perform one straight 8th tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play time/comp for the head one time through and one chorus of someone else's solo. Then trade 4's for two choruses.

Blue Bossa
Footprints

Little Suede Shoes

  • Demonstrate eight measures of the following styles (feel free to stop in-between): Uptempo Swing, Shuffle, Jazz Ballad Time, 12/8 Afro Cuban, Bossa Nova, 3/4 Jazz Waltz, and Funk.
  • Perform one rudimental snare drum solo of your choice.

Link to Drums Backing Tracks: https://mycsun.box.com/s/1dmct623eikj6o29h5earitqukk72816 

 

Applicants will be notified if they are invited for a live audition by January 23rd.

Live auditions will be held February 12th, 26th, and March 5th.