Dept. of Music, Jazz Studies
132 Seretean Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
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OSU Jazz rhythm section auditions will occur on Tuesday, August 17 at 7pm in GSM 110. If you want to play in a big band or combo, you must attend this audition. For this audition, I will hear you play in combo format. There is no signup sheet for the rhythm section auditions. Everyone please arrive promptly at 7pm with your lead sheet for “Cheryl”.
Drummers: Drums and cymbals will be set up for you so that all you have to do is show up. We will also take care of teardown. You’ll just need to bring your lead sheet for “Cheryl” and your sticks and brushes (if you also have brushes).
Bassists: A bass amp will be set up for you. You will need to bring your bass, instrument cable, and lead sheet for “Cheryl” (bass clef version of Cheryl).
Guitarists: A guitar amp will be set up for you. You will need to bring your guitar, instrument cable, and lead sheet for “Cheryl” (treble clef version of Cheryl).
Pianists: A Steinway grand piano will be set up for you. You will only need to bring your lead sheet for “Cheryl” (treble clef version of Cheryl).
Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Drums auditions will all use “Cheryl” as the prepared excerpt. This Charlie Parker tune is a twelve bar blues in C. Click here for a recording. Piano, guitar, and bass will play the melody in unison for two choruses, then comp and improvise over the chords for “Cheryl” (12-bar blues in C) for the remaining choruses. There is a pdf in bass clef as well as one in treble clef. Drummers can play time (swing) for the entirety of this portion of the audition.
In addition to “Cheryl”, you will be given a short section of a big band chart to sight read. If you are only interested in playing in a jazz combo (not big band), then you will not be asked to sight read.
First rehearsals for both Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble will occur Friday, August 20 in GSM 110.
If you would like to play in a jazz combo, you will need to attend the Combo Meeting on August 19 at 7pm in GSM 110. Please bring your class schedules with you as we will be arranging meeting times. Please be prepared to be flexible in terms of scheduling. Jazz Combos will begin rehearsing during the second week of classes.
Each Wednesday, in GSM 110, 1:50pm-2:20pm, OSU Jazz will feature performances from students and combos. All University students are invited to attend these free public performances. The first Jazz Forum will occur 8/18 and will feature the OSU Jazz Faculty Sextet (Dr. Howard Potter – vibraphone; Brian Belanus – guitar; Dr. Jack Helsley – bass; Bill Repavich – drums; Tommy Poole – saxophones).
If you would like to learn how to play jazz piano, consider registering for JAZZ 1221 Jazz Class Piano (CRN 71120). Offered every fall semester.
If you would like to learn how to improvise jazz, consider registering for JAZZ 4002 Jazz Theory I (CRN 64891). Offered every fall semester.
For those who have already taken Jazz Theory I & II, consider registering for JAZZ 4972 Jazz Styles and Analysis (CRN 71121). Offered every fall semester.
For jazz wind instrument private lessons with Dr. Tommy Poole (sax, trumpet, trombone, etc), JAZZ 3010 (CRN 65665)
For jazz bass private lessons with Dr. Jack Helsley, JAZZ 3010 (CRN 65670)
For guitar private lessons with Prof. Brian Belanus, JAZZ 3010 (CRN 65669)
For jazz drums private lessons with Prof. Bill Repavich, JAZZ 3010 (CRN 65671)
For jazz mallet private lessons with Dr. Howard Potter, JAZZ 3010 (CRN 65666)