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BM Audition Requirements for Instrumentalists

Students should prepare one song from each these four categories. A bassist and pianist will be provided for your accompaniment. Horn players should play the melody and improvise on the form of the tune. Guitarists, pianists and bassists should play the melody, improvise on the form, and comp for another instrument. Drummers should trade 4’s, 8’s, or take a solo over the form of the tune.

1. 12-bar blues: “Straight No Chaser,” “C Jam Blues,” “Billie’s Bounce,” “Blue Monk”
2. Standards: “All the Things You Are,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Bye-Bye Blackbird,” “Green Dolphin Street,” “Softly in a Morning Sunrise”
3. Ballads: “Body & Soul,” “My Funny Valentine,” “ Lover Man,” “Old Folks, “Soul Eyes”
4. Jazz Standards: “Song for My Father,” “Confirmation,” “Oleo,” “Ladybird,” “Dolphin Dance,” “St. Thomas,” “Anthropology”

If you audition by MP3, follow the same guidelines as above. Please record your audition CD with a pianist, guitarist, band or play along track. A capella recordings will not be accepted.