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Durham Jazz: Inspiring Durham’s next generation of jazz musicians.

DJ Combo

The Durham Jazz Combo is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages.  Successful applicants will be chosen based on their willingness to learn and (musical) skill.

Audition Details:

  1. Requirements:
      1. HORNS: Applicants will play the head with embellishments and solo section of “Now’s the time,” “What is this thing called love?” and for Gr 11/12’s “Impressions” (see below)
      2. RHYTHM: Bass – Walking bass line over the piece as well as playing the head, Guitar/Piano – use appropriate voicing on the piece as well as playing the head Drums – demonstrate various styles.
      3. VOCALISTS: Applicants will sing the melody and lyrics of “Now’s the time,” and “What is this thing called love?”
      4. All applicants are asked to bring an additional piece of their choice that showcases their playing.
  2. What to Expect:
      1. Applicants please expect to:
        1. See other applicants warming up at the same time
        2. Meet past members of the ensembles. Feel free to ask questions.
        3. See 3-5 people on the audition panel
        4. Find that your audition will be recorded (audio only) for comparison purposes
        5. Be in the audition for 10 minutes. During your audition you will be asked questions about yourself.
        6. Drummers: be prepared to play a variety of styles, tempos and fills.
        7. Guitarists: be prepared to play in a variety of styles and read chord symbols as well as written notes.
        8. Pianists: be prepared to read chord symbols and written notes.
      2. Families please expect to:
        1. Meet members of our Parent Council. Please feel free to ask questions.
        2. Receive information about the band
      3. Results:  The results from the 2019-2020 auditions will be posted on the “Members & Alumni” page on the website by the Monday after auditions.  As there may be 100+ applicants, it will be the responsibility of each family to check the website for results. A bulk email will also be sent, advising you of the results.
      4. If successful: Please be aware that, if you are successful, there will be a family and member meeting on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 in the evening that at least one adult member of your family must attend along with the applicant.  Practices will start the Thursday after auditions. (October 3rd, 2019)
  3. Audition Piece Links:  Please download the correct part for you. Impressions – Bb Part Impressions – C Part Impressions – Eb Part Now’s The Time – Bb Part Now’s The Time – C Part Now’s The Time – Eb Part What Is This Thing Called Love – Bb Part What Is This Thing Called Love – C Part What Is This Thing Called Love – Eb Part
  4. How to book an audition: Please email for an audition time.  Include the following information in your email:
    1. Applicant’s Full Name
    2. Parent/Guardian Name(s)
    3. Phone/Email Contact info
    4. Instrument(s)
    5. School
    6. Grade
    7. Date(s) preferred (September 23-27, 2019)
    8. Time range preferred (4-9pm each day)
    9. *** Please give a minimum of two time slot ranges you can commit to being available for during the week of auditions.
  5. If you’d prefer to call to book an audition please call or leave a message at 905.925.7932

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