Jazz Excerpts 2020

Level 1:
Clarinet-Students may audition with clarinet as their secondary instrument, not as their primary instrument. In order to audition with clarinet as a secondary instrument the student should prepare the Level 1 Clarinet Excerpt. The student’s clarinet audition will take place during the same window of time as their primary instrument audition; a separate audition will not be scheduled. Note that auditioning with clarinet as a secondary instrument may boost a student’s overall audition score since the clarinet is very important in the Ellington repertoire and a clarinetist with good playing ability is highly valued. 
Saxophones-Play full excerpt
Trumpet-Play full excerpt
Trombone-Play full excerpt
Piano Excerpt No. 1 and Piano Excerpt No. 2 -Play both excerpts in their entirety with a swing beat at mm=120 – 140. 
Bass-Play full excerpt
Guitar-Play full excerpt
Drums-Use this recording as a guide for practicing
Vocals (same for basic, advanced, and intermediate) – Choose two of these six songs for your range.  During the audition you will need to sing along to the recording linked beside each piece, playing the recording from a separate device such as a phone or speaker.
Every Day (I Have the Blues): During the auditions, vocalists will sing along to this recording.
I Didn’t Know About You: During the auditions, vocalists will sing along to this recording.
I Got It Bad: During the auditions, vocalists will sing along to this recording.
I’m Just a Lucky So and So: During the auditions, vocalists will sing along to this recording.
If You Could See Me Now: During the auditions, vocalists will sing along to this recording.
Rocks in My Bed: During the auditions, vocalists will sing along to this recording.

Level 2:
Alto Saxophone-Play letter B
Tenor Saxophone-Play letter F (mm=232)
Baritone Saxophone-Play letter B
Trumpet-Play letter C
Trombone-Play letter C and D
Piano-Use this recording as a guide for practicing. Play from beginning to bar 33.
Bass-Play entire page
Guitar-Play play from the beginning, no repeat, all the way to letter C.
Drums-Use this recording as a guide for practicing

Level 3:
Alto Saxophone-Play bars 82-101 (mm=252)
Tenor Saxophone-Play entire page
Baritone Saxophone-Play bras 82-101 (mm=252)
Trumpet-Play entire page
Trombone-Play letter E and F
Piano-Use this recording as a guide for practicing.  Play from beginning to bar 33.
Bass-Play entire page (medium Latin – 155)
Guitar-Play entire excerpt.  Note that although this is a banjo part, it is fine to play this on guitar.
Drums-Use this recording as a guide for practicing.

3. Improvisation Pieces:

All students who are including improvisation in their audition will play the tune Billie’s Bounce while listening to this pre-recorded background track in ear pods or headphones. Students will play Billie’s Bounce two times and improvise two choruses (each chorus is 12 bars , so a total 24 bars).  Click on the links below in order to get the sheet music for Billie’s Bounce for your instrument:

C Treble Instruments
B-flat Instruments
E-flat instruments
Bass clef instruments

*Drummers will not be asked to improvise to the background track.