All candidates are required to perform two contrasting pieces with the rhythm section.
All candidates (except drummers) are also required to play a short unaccompanied transcribed solo.
Drummers are required to prepare some piano keyboard work instead of presenting a transcription. They should be prepared to play through the chord changes of one of the listed standards at the piano.
If the audition panel requires further evidence of appropriate skills, they may give further tests such as sight reading, keyboard, aural or interactive tests.
The first piece should be chosen from the list below:
1、Any 12 bar Blues head in any key. Typical examples include Blue Monk, Now’s the Time, Sandu, Tenor Madness, Straight No Chaser, Relaxin at Camarillo
2、Any Rhythm Changes in Bb concert. Typical examples include Anthropology, Oleo, I’ve Got Rhythm
5、Green Dolphin Street
6、I’ll Remember April
7、Body and Soul
9、What Is This thing Called Love
10、All The Things You Are
The second piece is a free choice. It may again be chosen from the list above but could be any jazz standard or an original composition. If the piece is not from the given list then candidates are asked to bring good rhythm section parts with them to the audition.
If the second piece is deemed stylistically inappropriate for audition to a jazz programme or the presentation of the parts is too poor to prepare a performance in the allotted time, then the candidate will be advised to perform another piece from the list above.
After the audition there will be an informal interview. The panel will be interested to hear the candidate talk about their knowledge of the music, their artistic influences, what inspires them to be a jazz musician and to discuss their career objectives.
This is also an opportunity for the candidate to ask the panel any questions about the jazz department and what life will be like as a jazz musician in Birmingham.