Drew University Jazz Ensemble Live Audition Requirements

ALL INSTRUMENTS: Charlie Parker’s, “Billie’s Bounce” – medium tempo with standard or alternate chord changes. All instruments, except for drums, MUST perform the melody.  Include at least three choruses of improvisation. Accompanists will be provided. Download the music below in printable PDF format.

Improvisation: Play a second jazz classic or standard song in any jazz style. You must include at least three choruses of improvisation. The selection is your choice, and composers to consider are Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, George Gershwin, Wayne Shorter, etc. Accompanists will be provided.

Sight reading:  You will be asked to sightread a short excerpt.

Piano: Pianists will need to demonstrate comping on both selections.

Bass: WALK at least two choruses on both selections as well as improvise.

Guitar: Demonstrate comping, both rhythm guitar style and standard regular comping.

Drum Set:  Play the “Billie’s Bounce” blues choruses: 2 choruses of time, 2 choruses of trading 4s, 2choruses of solo, repeat chorus of time. Accompanists will be provided.

Demonstrate time in: waltz, rock, Latin, ballad, and brushes. Play on song forms (2 choruses) or vamps (at least 2 minutes each style).

Billie’s Bounce Bass Clef
Billie’s Bounce In Bb
Billie’s Bounce In Eb
Billie’s Bounce In C