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UJAM Summer Jazz Workshop

John Lee Ensemble Audition

The John Lee auditioned ensemble is a 6 piece band: 3 horns, piano bass, and drums.

  • Submit by August 4th.

  • Register for camp before submitting.

  • Make sure that your instrument can be heard clearly.

Horns

Make and submit a recording of yourself performing one song out of the three required categories: Blues, Standard, Ballad. Performing your tune requirements with accompaniment is encouraged, but not mandatory. If you use accompaniment, please be sure that your instrument can be heard clearly. You can play your tunes with other musicians or use a play-along recording, such as those from Jamey Aebersold or from IReal Pro. Play the tunes at a comfortable tempo to ensure accuracy.

*All charts are in the Real Book 6th Edition except "Look at the Birdie", which you can download here.

1. Tunes

Play one of the following 12-Bar Blues: Play the melody for one chorus and then improvise for two choruses

  • Blue Monk​

  • Straight, No Chaser

  • Blues for Alice

Play one of the following standards: Play the melody for one chorus and improvise for one chorus

  • All the Things You Are

  • Autumn Leaves

  • Broadway

Play two choruses of "Look at the Birdie": First chorus melody of "Look at the Birdie", second chorus harmony.
No accompaniment with metronome.

2. Scales
  • 2 major scales, your choice of keys, one octave ascending and descending. Play each scale twice: as quarter notes = 120-160 AND as eighth notes (twice as fast) quarter note = 120-160

  • 2 blues scales, your choice of keys, quarter note = 160-210

You may submit the major scales and the blues scales as 2 recordings or 4 recordings.

3. Chord Arpeggios

One octave, ascending and descending. Play these chord types in Bb, C, and F:

  • Major triad​

  • Minor triad

  • Dominant 7th

  • Minor 7th

  • Diminished 7th

  • Major 7th

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Piano

Make and submit a recording of yourself performing one song out of the three required categories: Blues, Standard, and Ballad. Performing your tune requirements with accompaniment is encouraged, but not mandatory. If you use accompaniment, please be sure that your instrument can be heard clearly. You can play your tunes with other musicians or use a play-along recording, such as those from Jamey Aebersold or from IReal Pro. Play the tunes at a comfortable tempo to ensure accuracy.

*All charts are in the Real Book 6th Edition except "Look at the Birdie", which you can download here.

1. Tunes

Play one of the following 12-Bar Blues: Comp for one chorus, play the melody for one chorus, solo for two choruses, and play the melody again for one chorus.

  • Blue Monk​

  • Straight, No Chaser

  • Blues for Alice

Play one of the following standards: Comp for one chorus, play the melody for one chorus, solo for two choruses, and then play the
melody again for one chorus.

  • All the Things You Are

  • Autumn Leaves

  • Broadway

Play two choruses of "Look at the Birdie": First chorus melody of "Look at the Birdie", second chorus harmony.
No accompaniment with metronome. 

Please accompany yourself playing the melody.

2. Scales
  • 2 major scales, your choice of keys, one octave ascending and descending. Play each scale twice: as quarter notes = 120-160 AND as eighth notes (twice as fast) quarter note = 120-160

  • 2 Blues scales, your choice of keys, quarter note = 160-210

You may submit the major scales and the blues scales as 2 recording or 4 recordings.

3. Chord Arpeggios
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One octave, ascending and descending. Play these chord types in Bb, C, and F:

  • Major triad​

  • Minor triad

  • Dominant 7th

  • Minor 7th

  • Diminished 7th

  • Major 7th

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Bass

Make and submit a recording of yourself performing one song out of the three required categories: Blues, Standard, and Ballad. Performing your tune requirements with accompaniment is encouraged, but not mandatory. If you use accompaniment, please be sure that your instrument can be heard clearly. You can play your tunes with other musicians or use a play-along recording, such as those from Jamey Aebersold or from IReal Pro. Play the tunes at a comfortable tempo to ensure accuracy.

*All charts are in the Real Book 6th Edition except "Look at the Birdie", which you can download here.

1. Tunes

Play one of the following 12-Bar Blues: Comp for one chorus, play the melody for one chorus, solo for two choruses, and play the melody again for one chorus.

  • Blue Monk​

  • Straight, No Chaser

  • Blues for Alice

Play one of the following standards: Comp for one chorus, play the melody for one chorus, solo for two choruses, and then play the
melody again for one chorus.

  • All the Things You Are

  • Autumn Leaves

  • Broadway

Play two choruses of "Look at the Birdie": First chorus melody, second chorus walking in 4.
No accompaniment with metronome.

2. Scales
  • 2 major scales, your choice of keys, one octave ascending and descending. Play each scale twice: as quarter notes = 120-160 AND as eighth notes (twice as fast) quarter note = 120-160

  • 2 Blues scales, your choice of keys, quarter note = 160-210

You may submit the major scales and the blues scales as 2 recording or 4 recordings.

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3. Chord Arpeggios

One octave, ascending and descending. Play these chord types in Bb, C, and F:

  • Major triad​

  • Minor triad

  • Dominant 7th

  • Minor 7th

  • Diminished 7th

  • Major 7th

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Drummers

Make and submit a recording of yourself performing the three required categories: Rudiments, Grooves, and Soloing. Play all the requirements at a comfortable tempo to ensure accuracy, always maintaining good time as well as good jazz style and feeling. You may choose how many cymbals and drums you want to use. At a minimum plan to use snare, bass, ride cymbal, and high hat.

1. Rudiments

Play 4 bars of the following, at quarter note = 120-135:

  • Triplets (8th note triplets)

  • Paradiddles (16th note paradiddles)

  • Flams (8th notes with flams)

  • Double stroke rolls (open and closed), sustained for 4 bars

  • Single stroke rolls, slow to fast (no metronome tempo)

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2. Grooves
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  • Swing at slow tempo, at a quarter note = 74 for 8 bars

  • Swing at medium tempo, at a quarter note = 120-135 for 8 bars

  • Swing at faster tempo, at a quarter note = 160-200 for 12 bars

  • 8 bars of ballad time, with brushes, at a quarter note = 64-70

3. Soloing
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  • For 16 bars: Play (trade) fours with yourself (i.e., alternate 4 bars soloing, 4 bars playing time) at medium tempo, metronome marking a quarter note = 100-140

  • For 16 bars: Play fours with yourself, 8 bars with brushes, 8 bars with sticks at faster swing tempo,
    metronome marking a quarter note = 140-180

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