GJCW Placement Auditions

Placement Audition Information

We’ve completed the first round of auditions, so if you just registered, you can set up for an audition time by contacting Bill Chapin at 847-254-8750 or bill@billchapinjazz.com.

Tips on how to prepare for an audition

Horn players

Prepare to play the tune for the level of combo you feel will help you grow this summer. Play through the piece, count out measures that are hard for you, and work to play with a swing feel. Start with the slower backing track while you are learning and work towards the faster tempo for your audition. Use the same process to practice improvising over the chord changes of your selected tune.

 

Piano, vibes, and guitar

Prepare to play the chords on the tune for the level of combo you feel will help you grow this summer. If you know how to play voicings, practice those. You could play the chord on beat one of each measure, or if you’re familiar with typical “comping” rhythms, show us that. Next, work on improvising over the chord changes. Use the slower backing track to start and work towards the faster tempo for the audition.

Bass players

Be ready to play a bass line on the tune for the level of combo you feel will help you grow this summer. Tip: bass players usually play the chord root on beat one, and then play scale tones or chord tunes to the next chord’s root. You may also solo over the changes for the audition.

 

 

Drummers

Be ready to play a swing beat on the tune for the level of combo you feel will help you grow this summer. Keep it simple. Jazz combos need to hear a steady beat, and, generally, complicated playing confuses the band about where the beat is. You may also solo over the changes for the audition.

Vocalists

You are free to use the audition tunes or to audition with any song of your choice. We encourage vocalists to do an in-person audition.

All Musicians

Reminder: these auditions are not meant to discourage anyone from participating. If you are at all unsure, feel free to sign up for an in-person audition.  We will be glad to help you through the experience.