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

Auditions are normally held each semester for both the jazz band and jazz combos to ensure that the highest standards are maintained. Placement in the Jazz Band and Jazz Combos is determined by which students prepare most effectively and perform the best at the audition, and we do not form groups based on seniority or who is friends with whom etc. 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 as well and does not perform as effectively at the audition.

Auditions are always held during the first few days of classes.  The Spring 2018 semester auditions will be unique in that the personnel from the UNC Jazz Band will remain intact from the fall semester, and we will primarily only be auditioning for combos except for any new students who wish to also audition for the Jazz Band who were not in the Jazz Band in the Fall 2017 semester.  The Spring 2018 semester combo auditions will be held Wednesday-Thursday, January 10-11, 2018, and the results will be sent out by email by Friday, January 12 at noon, if not sooner. Rehearsals begin Friday, January, 2018 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. Please be sure to fill out the application form for MUSC 214 Jazz combos and fill out the audition sign up sheet as indicated below. 

UNC JAZZ BAND – SPRING 2018 (NO NEED TO AUDITION)

  • 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 – SPRING 2018 (MUST AUDITION)

  • 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.
  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 JAZZ COMBOS.
  3. RHYTHM SECTION, VIBES PLAYERS, AND VOCALISTS, CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR AUDITION TIME WITH DR. ANDERSON FOR JAZZ COMBOS. 

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.