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

DJ Combo

Durham Jazz is committed to following Federal, Provincial and Local Health Organization COVID protocols. Our primary concern is the health and safety of all our members. For further information, please see the Durham Jazz Rehearsal SAFETY AND PROCEDURE PROTOCOL.

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The Durham Jazz Combo program is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages.  Successful applicants will be chosen based on their willingness to learn and (musical) skill. Our goal with combos is to build on improvisation skills, communication and leadership skills.

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This year we will be hosting VIRTUAL AUDITIONS. Students will create a video of all the audition requirements and submit a link to info@durhamjazz.ca BEFORE Friday, October 30, 2020.

Audition Requirements

  1. Introduction.
    1. To ensure proper identification, hold up a piece of paper at the start of the video listing your name and the ensemble you are auditioning for. For example: Jack Thornton, Intermediate Band.
    2. Introduce yourself! Please say:
      1. Your name
      2. Which ensemble you are auditioning for
      3. Which school you attend
      4. What grade you are entering into in 2020
      5. Your musical history: music activities or lessons you are or have been involved in at school or outside of school (e.g., Band, piano lessons, Cadets, other instruments you play, how long you’ve been playing, etc.)
      6. Some of your other (non-musical) hobbies
      7. Why you want to be a part of Durham Jazz

Junior/Intermediate Audition Material (Grades 7-10): 

Audio Links

Horns/Vocals

  • Play/sing the head of ONE song (Either I Got Rhythm or You Stepped Out of a Dream)
  • Scat/solo over one of the blues scales

Rhythm Section (Piano/Guitar/Bass)

  • Play the head of ONE song (Either I Got Rhythm or You Stepped Out of a Dream)
  • Play the chords (piano/guitar) or walk a bass line (bass) of ONE of the songs
  • Solo over one of the blues scales
  • Comp/walk over one of the blues scales

Rhythm Section (Drums)

    • Play the following styles:
      • Swing
      • Latin

Senior Combo Audition Material (Grades 11-12):

Audio Links

Horns

  • Play the head AND solo over EACH of the pieces (All 3)

Vocals

  • Sing the head AND solo over EACH of the pieces (All 3)
  • Scat/solo over one of the blues scales

Rhythm Section (Piano/Guitar/Bass)

  • Play the head, solo, and comp/walk over EACH of the pieces (All 3)

Rhythm Section (Drums)

  • Play the following styles:
    • Swing
    • Latin
    • Funk
  • Play the rhythm of the head of ONE of the pieces on any drum(s) of your choice

If you are auditioning for more than one ensemble, you need to create a separate video for each ensemble you are auditioning for.

Video guidelines

Please submit all audition requirements as a single video. You may be able to do the whole audition in one continuous video; you are also permitted to record each part of the audition separately and then combine the separate parts into a single video. Please contact us if you need assistance with this process. Note: each part of the audition should be a continuous ‘take’ – do not make edits in the middle of a piece.

Professional recordings are not required. Most smart phones will provide an adequate video.

Please test your lighting and sound (including the Blues backing track). Make sure that:

  • The video includes a clear picture of your face, your hands, and the instrument
    • Tip: avoid filming with a window behind you. This makes it hard to see your face clearly.
  • The sound is clear, without distortion.
    • Tip: experiment to find the best room and ideal distance from the camera to get the clearest, warmest tone possible.
  • The Blues backing track (if used) is audible but does not cover your sound at all.

Submitting your audition video

Upload your audition video to YouTube as an unlisted video. How to upload an unlisted video in YouTube. After uploading, a private link will be created. The video is not public, and only those with the link can view the video.

When ready, send an email to info@durhamjazz.ca (please use an email address that you check regularly!). Include the following details:

  • The subject line of your email should read as follows:

Ensemble_ParticipantName_Age_Instrument

For example: IntermediateBand_JackThornton_15_Trombone

  • Paste the link to your audition video (from YouTube) into the body of the email
  • Include your name, age, instrument, school name, and grade
  • Include a contact phone number where we can reach you easily. This is in case we need to ask you further questions regarding your audition, or if we are unable to reach you by email.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 30, 2020. If you are intending to audition, but cannot meet this deadline, please contact us as soon as possible.

You will receive a confirmation email after you have submitted your video.

Audition results

We will contact you with the outcome of your audition by November 2nd, 2020.

Audition Music Links

Please download the parts for your instrument.

I Got Rhythm – Bb Part – START AT BAR 27

I Got Rhythm C Part — START AT BAR 27

I Got Rhythm Eb Part — START AT BAR 27

Impressions – Bb Part

Impressions – C Part

Impressions – Eb Part

You Stepped Out Of A Dream – Bb Part

You Stepped Out Of A Dream – C Part

You Stepped Out Of A Dream – Eb Part

If you are auditioning on two instruments, you will need to create two separate audition videos.

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