Jazz Ensemble and Combo Audition Information

Fall/Spring 2021/2022 Jazz Ensemble/Combo Audition Information

The Alabama Jazz Ensemble, The Alabama Jazz Band, and the Alabama Jazz Combos Audition Information and times

Monday August 16th, 2021 – Auditions will begin at 1:00 PM in the Jazz Rehearsal Room 201

1:00pm Saxophones

2:30pm Rhythm Section (Guitar/Piano/Bass/Drum Set)

 

Tuesday August 17th, 2021 – Auditions will begin at 1:00 PM in the Jazz Rehearsal Room 201

1:00pm Trumpet

2:00pm Trombone

Process

The audition process will be as follows:

  • Check this page for information and excerpts under your primary instrument.
  • Signup for an audition at the following link (also found on the above page): Fall 2021 UA Jazz Ensemble and Combo Audition Registration
  • Show up the the Jazz Rehearsal Room (JRR) 201 in Moody School of Music
  • The results of the placements will be posted on this page by the end of the day on Wednesday August 18th, 2021 on the Jazz Studies bulletin board.

All Saxophones

  • For Jazz Ensemble and 2 O’Clock Band play the provided Excerpt
  • For Combos play a prepared standard of your choice (one time through the melody, improvise one chorus without accompaniment.)
  • Sight Reading will be provided
  • Contact Professor Noffsinger (jnoffsin@ua.edu) for any questions.

All Brass

  • For Jazz Ensemble and 2 O’Clock Band play the provided Excerpt
  • For Combos play a prepared standard of your choice (one time through the melody, improvise one chorus without accompaniment.)
  • Sight Reading will be provided

Guitar/Piano/Vibraphone

  • Play the provided Excerpt (melody and then changes)
  • Play a prepared standard of your choice (one time through the melody, improvise one chorus, and comp for one chorus)
  • Sight Reading will be provided

Bass

  • Play the provided Excerpt
  • Play a prepared standard of your choice (one time through the melody, improvise one chorus, and walk for one chorus)
  • Sight Reading will be provided

Drum Set/Percussion

  • Play the provided Excerpt (note the tempo and play melody rhythm as written)
  • Play several styles in 4 or 8 measure phrases i.e. Bossa, Samba, Up-tempo Bop, Swing, Afro- Cuban, Waltz, 5/4
  • Sight Reading will be provided

Excerpts

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Chris Kozak, Director of Jazz Studies at ckozak@ua.edu

Thanks and we look forward to hearing you!