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UNC Jazz Combo Students and Faculty Perform at Preservation Hall in New Orleans

Auditions are held each semester for both the jazz band and jazz combos to ensure that the highest standards are maintained. The results are prioritized by which students play the best audition—NOT BY SENIORITY, who is friends with whom, or any other matter. Therefore, a talented first-year student who prepares diligently and plays an excellent audition may be placed in a higher combo than a graduating senior who does not prepare well and does not play an effective audition.

Students must fill out the electronic application form and sign up for an audition time through the links found on this webpage below for both MUSC 211 UNC Jazz Band and MUSC 214.005 Jazz Combos. Auditions are always held during the first few days of classes. This semester, they will be held Tuesday-Thursday, August 22-24, 2017, and the results will be sent out by email by Friday, August 25 at noon, if not sooner.  ***STUDENTS MUST FILL OUT THE ELECTRONIC FORM FOR EACH CLASS (MUSC 211 UNC Jazz Band and MUSC 214 Jazz Combos) THAT THEY ARE AUDITIONING FOR IN ORDER TO RECEIVE EMAIL NOTIFICATION AND TO BE ON THE ROSTER FOR EACH CLASS).  The results will also be posted on the Jazz Area Bulletin in the basement hallway of the Kenan Music Building. Rehearsals begin Friday, August 25, 2017 for both the Jazz Band and the Jazz Combos. Please check your emails for notification of the audition results and be prepared to attend the first rehearsal.

UNC JAZZ BAND – FALL 2017

  • Music 211, section 12; 1 credit hour; Professor Ketch – Director
  • Rehearsal Schedule: M-W-F 1:25-2:15; Room 1201 Kenan Music Building
  • Professor Ketch will audition all brass and saxophones. Professor Anderson will audition rhythm section players and vocalists.
    1. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FORM FOR JAZZ BAND (REQUIRED FOR EACH CLASS – this form puts your email and contact information into a spreadsheet where we can more easily contact you).  
    2. BRASS, SAXES, WOODWINDS AND STRINGS PLAYERS, CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR AUDITION TIME WITH PROFESSOR KETCH FOR EITHER OR BOTH JAZZ BAND AND JAZZ COMBOS (i.e., a single audition this semester).
    3. RHYTHM SECTION, VIBES PLAYERS, AND VOCALISTS, CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR AUDITION TIME WITH DR. ANDERSON FOR EITHER OR BOTH JAZZ BAND AND JAZZ COMBOS (i.e., a single audition this semester). 

UNC JAZZ COMBOS – FALL 2017

  • Music 214.005: 1 credit hour; Faculty Coaches: Stephen Anderson, Jim Ketch, Ed Paolantonio; Dan Davis, Jason Foureman
  • Rehearsal Schedule: Faculty coached sessions will occur Friday afternoons from 2:30-4:25 p.m. (Rooms 1201 KMB, and KMB Basement Combo Rooms A and B), and each combo will rehearse once each week without a faculty coach.
  • Professor Ketch will audition all brass, saxophones, strings, and woodwind players. Professor Anderson will audition rhythm section players and vocalists.
  • Each of the combos will will be coached by faculty on Friday afternoons at either 2:30-3:20 p.m. or 3:35-4:25 p.m. Due to the growth of the jazz area and the related need for more performance time for each combo, for Spring 2017 we will use the following format:
    • We will place the highest ranking students (based on auditions) into a top tier of four combos (depending on personnel). These combos will be coached by faculty on Friday afternoons at either 2:30-3:20 p.m. or 3:35-4:25 p.m. These groupings could be as small as a trio but likely no larger than a sextet. These combos will perform on the Friday afternoon jazz concerts with our guest artists.
    • Students not placed in the top-tier combos above will be placed in combos in our new Jazz Workshop Ensembles. The Jazz Workshop Ensemble Combos will be coached by faculty members on Fridays and have their own concert near the end of the semester.
  1. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FORM TO AUDITION FOR THE JAZZ COMBOS (REQUIRED FOR EACH CLASS – this form is separate from the Jazz Band form and puts your email and contact information into a spreadsheet where we can more easily contact you).
  2. BRASS, SAXES, WOODWINDS AND STRINGS PLAYERS, CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR AUDITION TIME WITH PROFESSOR KETCH FOR EITHER OR BOTH JAZZ BAND AND JAZZ COMBOS (i.e., a single audition this semester).
  3. RHYTHM SECTION, VIBES PLAYERS, AND VOCALISTS, CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR AUDITION TIME WITH DR. ANDERSON FOR EITHER OR BOTH JAZZ BAND AND JAZZ COMBOS (i.e., a single audition this semester). 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR JAZZ AUDITIONS – Brass, Saxes (also woodwinds and strings for jazz combos) with Professor Ketch 

  • Audition Location: Room 2125 Kenan Music Building (Professor Ketch’s office)
  • Audition Requirements: 10 minutes only
  • Part One: Prepared selection. Each student will prepare a 2-3 minute selection for the jazz band audition. This can be a performance of a transcription, a classical excerpt, an improvised solo (suggested for students interested in combos); a bebop head, etc. The selection should represent your BEST efforts.
  • Part Two: Sight reading 1-2 excerpts selected for sight reading. Grading is based on accuracy and style of your performance.
  • Part Three: Students seeking placement in a jazz combo will play the melody and improvise two choruses to All The Things You Are. Students not seeking entrance to a jazz combo will be asked to improvise on a Bb or F blues.

Questions: please contact Jim Ketch, Director of Jazz Studies
jketch@email.unc.edu; 919-962-7560; 919-812-2142

HOW TO PREPARE FOR JAZZ AUDITIONS – Rhythm Section Players, Vibes, and Vocalists with Professor Anderson

  • Prepare/memorize two standard tunes. Play the melody (“head in”), improvise on the chord changes, play the melody to end (i.e., the out head), and come up with an ending.
  • Students will also be asked to sight read short excerpts pertaining to their instrument (i.e., comping for pianists and guitarists, playing kicks etc.).
  • Bassists and drummers will be asked to demonstrate different styles (swing, Latin etc.).
  • Students may also be asked to demonstrate different scales and arpeggios.

It is encouraged that those auditioning prepare well in advance in order to demonstrate their best abilities. Again, please do not assume that you will be placed in a higher combo simply because you have “seniority” in the program.

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Rhythm section players: Pianists and guitarists should demonstrate the ability to play chord voicings. Bass players should be able to walk a bass line, play in two, and demonstrate knowledge of other styles. Drummers should display facility of several styles (i.e., medium swing, fast swing, ballad tempo with brushes, bossa nova, samba, and other Latin styles). Drummers are also encouraged to prepare a standard tune, voicing the SARAH LAMBmelodic rhythm on the instrument, and then improvising while keeping the form. Further, drummers might be asked to trade fours with themselves (i.e., time for 4 bars, solo for 4 bars etc.).

Singers should prepare for auditions similarly to instrumentalists, demonstrating the capacity to sing chord arpeggios and scales. Singers should also select and memorize a standard song to perform at the audition.  It may be helpful to bring a copy of the music (i.e., lead sheet) for the accompanist.

SAMPLE REPERTOIRE/TUNE LIST

(you do not need to choose one of these tunes for your audition)

12 Bar Blues15-02 UNC Jazz-80

Au Privave
Bag’s Groove
Blues By Five
C Jam Blues
Now’s The Time
Straight No Chaser
Standard Tunes

All of Me
All the Things You Are
Autumn Leaves
Beautiful Love
Black Orpheus
Blue Bossa
The Days of Wine and Roses
Doxy
Four
Green Dolphin Street
Have You Met Miss Jones
Just Friends
Oleo
Out of Nowhere
Satin Doll
Softly As a Morning Sunrise
Solar
Song for My Father
Stella by Starlight
Summer Time
There Will Never Be Another You
etc., etc.