Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos

Our jazz auditions are designed to be a low-key way for us to accurately assess your experience level as a musician. Even if you have had LITTLE or NO experience in jazz, please audition for us! Our combos are open to students whose interest is in any style of contemporary music – jazz, rock, and beyond – so please come and show us what you can do! We will do our very best to include everyone we can in our program! Please read all of the information pertaining to your instrument type.
 

General Information

Audition results will be emailed to each student who auditioned and posted on the bulletin board outside of Daniel Music Building Room 13 by Friday, August 30. Rehearsals for the Furman Jazz Ensemble will take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:45 PM, beginning Thursday, September 5. Combo rehearsals will be arranged differently for each group and will begin during the week of September 3. Each combo is expected to meet one hour each week on their own and one hour with their faculty combo coach. If you need more information, please email Dr. Olson at Matt.Olson@furman.edu.

 

Rhythm Section (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums)


Auditions will be on Tuesday, August 27, 7-8:30 p.m. in Daniel Music Building Room 13 (Large Ensemble Room) Please sign up for a time on the bulletin board outside of Daniel Music Building Room 13. Please arrive at your audition 10 minutes early to fill out an information sheet. We will hear each of you individually.
  • Piano and Guitar: Select a song of your choice to perform for us. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a traditional jazz song. Show us what you do! Be sure to play both the melody and the chords of the song. We will also invite you to improvise with a faculty member accompanying you on either a Bb or F blues progression. The chords to the progression are available online.
  • Bass: Select a song of your choice to perform for us. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a traditional jazz song. Show us what you do! We do want to hear you function as a bass player too, so be ready to play a bass line or two for us. We will also invite you to improvise with a faculty member accompanying you on either a Bb or F blues progression. The chords to the progression are available online.
  • Drums: Be prepared to demonstrate your ability to play a variety of grooves that you know. These might include swing, bossa nova, samba, rock, hip-hop, funk, etc. We want to gain a sense of your time feel and versatility. We may ask you to sight-read something as well.

Horn Players

Auditions will be on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, August 28-30, from 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Dr. Matt Olson’s office (McAlister Auditorium Room 207) Please sign up for a time on the bulletin board outside of Daniel Music Building Room 13. Please arrive at your audition 10 minutes early to fill out an information sheet. 

Please prepare the jazz etude – “Rose” from the Jim Snidero Jazz Conception series. This etude is also labeled “Track 8” in the book.

OPTIONAL improvisation on either a Bb or F blues. You do not need to be an improvising musician to audition! ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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