2018-19 Jazz Workshop Orchestra Audition Material
All students enrolled in the Jazz Workshop Orchestra will audition into bands that are leveled to the student’s specific abilities in reading, performing in jazz idioms and also improvising.
Reading and Style – All students will learn the 1st parts of the following charts – Days of Wine and Roses and Four Brothers. This means if you play alto sax, tenor sax, trombone or trumpet learn the 1st part of that section. Rhythm section players learn the arrangement. For Fables of Faubus you are supplied a C lead sheet (you will have to do any transposition necessary). Read the story behind this piece, learn more about Charles Mingus, learn the chart as if you will be playing this with a small combo.
Improvisation – There are PDF lead sheets to both Days of Wind And Roses and Four Brothers. Learn the changes and be able to solo on both tunes. Be prepared to solo on blues in Bflat.
LISTEN TO RECORDINGS OF ALL THE CHARTS! THIS WILL BE YOUR GUIDE TO STYLE, ARTICULATION, FEEL AND IMPROVISATION IDEAS. KNOW THE DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE TUNE ON RECORDINGS (BIG BAND TUNES HAVE COMBO VERSIONS THAT MUST BE STUDIED BEFORE YOUR AUDITION).
BE READY THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL FOR YOUR AUDITION.
CHARLES MINGUS HIGH SCHOOL FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION – APRIL 19-23, 2018 – RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Essentially Ellington Festival – May 10-13, 2017 – Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York
KUVO Performance 4/11/17 – Listen Here: