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Auditions

Jazz Audition and Scholarship Information

Students must play a jazz audition for the jazz faculty, but will also be expected to play for the teachers of your primary instrument (applied area). Contact the appropriate area for specific audition expectations:
Piano
Woodwinds
Brass
Percussion
Guitar
Strings

Jazz
Students must play a jazz audition for the jazz faculty, but will also be expected to play for the teachers of your primary instrument (applied area). Look for specific audition expectations by the appropriate area:  Piano, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Guitar, Strings
Contact Bert Ligon [bligon@mozart.sc.edu] or 803-777-6565.
Prepare 3 "standard" tunes:

  • Medium Swing
  • Ballad
  • Straight eighth (bossa nova, samba)

Be prepared to play melody and improvise on each tune.

  • Play "Blues" in any key of your choice. Be able to play a blues melody (head) and improvise.
  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios
  • The audition will also consist of sight-reading different styles of music. Jazz, Latin, Straight 8th (Latin or rock). 

Accompaniment: A jazz piano accompanist and a CD player are available.

Pianists and Guitarists are expected to play the melody and improvise and will be asked to "comp" the chord changes as well. An amplifier will be provided at the audition site.

Bassists will be asked to play basslines that outline the harmony and reflect the rhythmic style of the selection. Bassists may also choose to improvise. An amplifier will be provided at the audition site. Bassists are encouraged to experience acoustic/upright and electric bass, and may audition on either or both. Some part of the audition should be on upright bass. Bassists should contact Craig Butterfield prior to audition.

Drums and Percussion
Contact Scott Herring [sherring@mozart.sc.edu] at 803-777-2155.
Demonstrate various styles including:

  • Swing: Medium to fast swing and shuffle
  • Straight Eighths: bossa nova, mambo, salsa, samba, songo, funk, pop, etc.

Be prepared to play Etude:Drum Audition No. 1
Sight-reading: Be prepared to trade 4s and 8s on all of the above styles.

Jazz scholarships are available for outstanding undergraduate students of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums who are interested in pursuing arranging and performance degrees in jazz studies. There are a limited number of graduate assistantships available in jazz improvisation, jazz theory, arranging, applied lessons (jazz and traditional), small combos and big bands. There is an opportunity for the students to play and write music for all the ensembles.

JAZZ STANDARDS

Long list of Jazz Standards

JAZZ STANDARDS

BALLADS

LATIN

BLUES HEADS

A Foggy Day
Airegin
All Blues
All of Me
All the Things You Are
Autumn Leaves
Blue Bossa
But Beautiful
Cantaloupe Island
Darn That Dream
Days of Wine and Roses
Dolphin Dance
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Doxy
Fly Me to the Moon
Footprints
For Once in my Life
Four
Groovin' High
Have You Met Miss Jones
How High the Moon
I Remember Clifford
I Remember You
Impressions
In a Mellow Tone
Invitation
I've Got Rhythm
Joy Spring
Just Friends
Just in Time
Lady is a Tramp
Like Someone in Love
Lover
My Little Suede Shoes
My Romance
Naima
Night in Tunisia
Nutville
Oleo
On a Clear Day
Once I Had a Secret Love
Out of Nowhere
Pent-Up-House
Perdido
Recordame
Satin Doll
Scrapple from the Apple
Someday My Prince Will Come
Song For My Father
St. Thomas
Star Eyes
Stolen Moments
Sweet Georgia Brown
Take the A Train
Tangerine
The More I See You
There Is No Greater Love
There Will Never Be Another You
Time After Time
Walkin'
Watch What Happens
Watermelon Man
Whisper Not
Yardbird Suite
Yesterdays

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Angel Eves
As Time Goes By
Body and Soul
Come Rain or Come Shine
Easy Livin'
Georgia
God Bless the Child
Here's That Rainy Day
I Can't Get Started
I Love You
In a Sentimental Mood
It Might as Well Be Spring
Laura
Misty
Mood Indigo
Moonlight In Vermont
My Did Flame
My Funny Valentine
September Song
Sophisticated Lady
Stella By Starlight
Summertime
The Nearness of You
What's New
When Sunny Gets Blue

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Carnival (A Day in the Life)
Days of Wine and Roses
Desafinado
Girl From Ipanema
Green Dolphin Street
How Insensitive
Meditation
My Cherie Amour
Old Devil Moon
Once I Loved
One Note Samba
Quiet Nights (Corcovedo)
Shadow of Your Smile
Wave
You are the Sunshine of My Life

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All Blues
Au Privave
Billie's Bounce
Blue Monk
Blue Train
Blues Walk
Footprints
Now's the Time
Sonny Moon for Two
Straight No Chaser
Tenor Madness

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