Monday Night Band

with Adam Theis

Mondays, February 11 - May 20, 2013

Monday Night Band Audition Sign-Ups

Monday Night Band Audition Sign-Ups

To audition, please fill out and submit the audition form, providing a link to a Youtube video of you playing (see details below). Please announce your name at the beginning of the recording, and announce each piece you will play before playing it.

If you are not able to provide a video of yourself, you may send an audio recording in mp3 or WAV format, and include a passport-type photo of yourself. Send to Halley Elwell, 201 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 94102. Clearly label the disc with your name, contact info and each track name. Live recordings only. No overdub, etc. You may also email the sound file and photograph to Halley at helwell@sfjazz.org. Please put “Monday Night Band Audition” in the subject heading and be sure to indicate your name, instrument and contact information in the body of the email.

How to Enroll

The Monday Night Band is by audition only. This is a three-step process:

1. Complete the audition form and submit your audition materials.
2. Musicians who have been accepted into the band will be given a link to the website to purchase the class.
3. To complete enrollment, the class must then be purchased through the SFJAZZ box office.

Limited needs-based scholarships are available on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information on how to apply for a scholarship, please email scholarships@sfjazz.org.

How to Audition

Please submit a pre-screen audition as soon as possible using the criteria on the audition form (clink to form). The panel will be listening to video auditions on a first-come-first-served basis, and will let you know whether you have been accepted, wait-listed, or asked to return for a live audition.

Instrumentation

We are accepting all standard Big Band instruments (saxophone, trombone, trumpet, guitar, piano, bass, drums, percussion, voice). Other instruments will be accepted on a case-by-case basis, including vibraphone, B-3, etc.... While we of course value great improvisers, we are also looking for strong section players with good sight-reading abilities. Please note we may accept two of each rhythm section instrument.

Audition Requirements

Auditioners shall play (or sing) two pieces: a standard and a blues. The standard may be recorded using a play-along track as long as you can be clearly heard above the track. The blues shall be unaccompanied.

Horn players

· Medium swing blues. Choose between "Billie’s Bounce", "Straight No Chaser" or "Au Privave". Play the “head” once, then play three choruses of a solo, then the head out (no repeat).

· A Jazz Standard of your choice. This should be in a different tempo to the blues. It can be Latin or Swing. Play the “head” once, then take two choruses of solo, and come back in with the head once. If you are using a play-along track please be sure you can be heard above the track.

Guitar and Piano players

· Medium swing blues. Choose between "Billie’s Bounce", "Straight No Chaser" or "Au Privave". Play the “head” once, then play two choruses of a solo, then “comp” through the changes twice as if you were accompanying a soloist.

· A Jazz Standard of your choice. This should be in a different tempo to the blues. It can be Latin or Swing. Play the “head” once (melody only or with self accompaniment), then take two choruses of solo, and then comp through the changes (no melody) as if accompanying a soloist. If you are using a play-along track please be sure you can be heard above the track.

Bass players

· Medium swing blues. Choose between "Billie’s Bounce", "Straight No Chaser" or "Au Privave". Play the “head” once, then play two choruses of a solo, then walk through the changes twice as if you were accompanying a soloist, once with a “two feel” and once with a “four feel.” There is no need to play the head again afterward.

· A Jazz Standard of your choice. This should be in a different tempo and feel to the blues. Play the “head” once, then take two choruses of solo, and come back in with the bass line only for one chorus. If you are using a play-along track please be sure you can be heard above the track.

Drummers

We want to hear you play in different feels / tempos. Please announce what you are about to play before each feel, then play the following:

· 12 bars medium swing as if playing a blues (feel free to demonstrate your knowledge of the melody)

· 16 bars bossa nova, medium · up-tempo swing for 32 bars

· 12/8 funk feel for 16 bars

· 3/4 ballad feel with brushes for 8 bars

· Other Latin feel or odd meter feel of your choice for 16 to 32 bars

· Trade 4’s with yourself four times (32 bars, 4 bars time and 4 bars solo)

· Open solo (no longer than 2 minutes please)

Vocalists

You may use a play-along track for one of your 2 pieces; please be sure you can be heard over the track

· Sing a jazz standard of your choice (medium or fast tempo), take a chorus of improvisation if you feel comfortable doing this

· Sing a ballad of your choice · Sing the chromatic scale up and down one octave range

· Sing a Major scale of your choice, ascending and descending

· Sing a Melodic Minor scale ascending, Harmonic Minor scale descending

· Sing a Dorian scale ascending and descending
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For questions, contact Claire Phillips, Education Program Manager, at cphillips@sfjazz.org or 415.283.0332.

Good luck and have fun! We can’t wait to hear you play.