Auditions: 


January 29 @ Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR

January 30 @ Thaden School in Bentonville, AR

Audition Instructions:

Please be sure to read the instructions fully and come prepared for your audition. If you haven't filled out the audition form, that is the first step to auditioning. We will reach out to you and schedule your audition based on the information provided in your audition form. You can access the form using the button below. 

Audition Form

We are currently seeking students who play: 

-trumpet

-saxophone (alto, tenor, bari)

-trombone

-guitar

-piano

-bass

-drums

If you do not play one of these instruments, but would still like to audition, please reach out to Robert Ginsburg (robert@digjazz.com).


Audition Materials for all Instruments except drums:

Scales: 

Play one major and one blues scale of your choice. Scales must be at least 2 octaves and played at a minimum of 85bpm in 8th notes.


Jazz Standards: 

Play and improvise on BOTH jazz standards ("Blue Bossa" and "Take the A Train"). The charts are provided below. You must play the head (melody) followed by at least ONE solo chorus with the backing tracks provided. If you are a rhythm section player (guitar, piano, bass) you must play the head, play at least ONE solo chorus and play at least ONE comping/walking bassline chorus. 


Sight-Reading: 

Be prepared to sight-read a typical big band chart. You will be given the part from the arrangement that matches your instrument.


Additional Material: 

You may come with additional material prepared that demonstrates experience in jazz performance. These may be live or recorded. However, please know that there may not be time for you to present additional material live. Recorded material can be emailed to Jacob Christiansen, Operations Manager, at jacob@digjazz.com. Please include your name and instrument in the email. 


BLUE BOSSA Charts (click your instrument to view and download charts)

TAKE THE A TRAIN Charts (click your instrument to view and download charts)

Audition Materials for Drums:

Demonstration of Style: 

You will be asked to perform the following styles: 

Medium swing (120 bpm) - play 16 bars of time

Fast swing (200 bpm) - play 16 bars of time followed by 8 bars of solo

Bossa Nova (108 bpm) - play 16 bars of time

Funk/Fusion Groove - play 16 bars of your favorite beat


Jazz Standards: 

Play and improvise on BOTH jazz standards ("Blue Bossa" and "Take the A Train"). The charts are provided below. 


BLUE BOSSA Drums Chart| BLUE BOSSA Backing Track


TAKE THE A TRAIN Drums Chart | TAKE THE A TRAIN Backing Track


Sight-Reading: 

Be prepared to sight-read a typical big band chart. You will be given the drum part.


Additional Material: 

You may come with additional material prepared that demonstrates experience in jazz performance. These may be live or recorded. However, please know that there may not be time for you to present additional material live. Recorded material can be emailed to Jacob Christiansen, Operations Manager, at jacob@digjazz.com. Please include your name and instrument in the email.