Spokane All-City Jazz Ensembles

Sign up for an audition time!

To sign up for an audition:

  1. Register for the program
  2. Sign up for a audition time by Contacting Kimberly McCann

Audition Materials

The only group that you have to audition for is the

Jazz All-Star Mentors.

All other groups are open registration.

Auditions will be held in October

This is the only group in the SAJE program which requires an audition. The All-Star group is composed of the top players in the Inland Northwest and requires a high level of jazz experience and dedication.

Members in this group focus on 3 main areas: 1) headlining performances, 2) sharing and educating, and 3) music professionalism. If you are ready to showcase your playing and be an ambassador for jazz, this is where you want to be! 

Audition Requirements 

 

SAXOPHONE, TRUMPET, TROMBONE
  1. Play a blues or jazz standard of your choice from memory. Be able to play the melody, solo and comp over the changes.
  2. Transcribe at least 30 seconds of a jazz solo of your choice and play along with the recording. Please bring a CD or mp3 player with the recording to the audition. A written out transcription is preferred, but not required.
  3. Perform a prepared piece of your choice.
  4. Sight Reading (provided at audition).
PIANO, GUITAR
  1. Play a blues or jazz standard of your choice from memory. Be able to play the melody, solo and comp over the changes.
  2. Transcribe at least 30 seconds of a jazz solo of your choice and play along with the recording. Please bring a CD or mp3 player with the recording to the audition. A written out transcription is preferred, but not required.
  3. Perform a prepared piece of your choice.
  4. Sight Reading (provided at audition).
BASS, DRUMS
  1. Play a blues or jazz standard of your choice from memory. Be able to play the melody and solo over the changes. (Drummers – be able to play a melody on the kit and solo over the form).
  2. Transcribe at least 30 seconds of a jazz solo or walking bass line/drum groove of your choice and play along with the recording. Please bring a CD or mp3 player with the recording to the audition. A written out transcription is preferred, but not required.
  3. Demonstrate the following bass lines/drum grooves over a 12-bar blues: 2-Feel, Swing, Bossa Nova, Funk.
  4. Sight Reading (provided at audition).

 

SAJE Jazz All-Star Mentor Information

General Purpose:

To give SAJE students something to strive for within the program. This will reward students who display exceptional talent as musicians, team members, and leaders as they progress through the SAJE program. Those who participate in the program will have extra performance opportunities along with the opportunity to mentor younger students in SAJE.

 
Eligibility:
  • Previous involvement in the SAJE program
  • Participate in your school’s jazz ensemble
  • Must be current on tuition payments
  • Registered for current year
  • Each student must be registered for one of the upcoming season groups in order to audition. The student will be committing to being involved in a SAJE group regardless of acceptance into the All-Star group.
 
Tuition:
  • Tuition will be $60.00 per month November through May
  • Tuition is a responsibility. The SAJE All-Star group demonstrates excellence in responsibility; therefore, the responsibility of paying tuition on time is part of maintaining your spot in the group.
 
Attendance:
  • 100% attendance is expected
  • reasonable excuses (i.e. sick, family emergency) are understandable
  • At least 24 hour notice must be given to the JAM director for reasonable excuses
 
Auditions and Challenges:
  • Auditions will be held each year in early October

  • Audition panel will consist of SAJE Music Directors and Teaching Assistants

  • Auditions will be blind, facilitated by the Office Administrator
  • Audition materials will be made available online at least 2 weeks prior to the audition. Hard copies will be mailed upon request.
  • SAJE students may challenge an All-Star for their spot in the group. Please contact the SAJE director by Dec 15 if you wish to challenge.
  • Challenges into the All-Star group will be held in early-January. Challengers must demonstrate clearly and decisively an increase in ability level over the person whom they are challenging
 
SAJE Mentors Expectations:
  • Each All-Star participant will be Mentors to middle school SAJE groups and area middle school jazz students
  • All-Stars will be required to Mentor once a month at the direction of the JAM director
  • This is an important component to being in the All-Star group and will be monitored closely.
 
Performances:
  •  A performance schedule will be drafted each year by the Artistic Director and the Music Director of the All-Star group
  • Performances will include SAJE concerts, featured concerts, and additional gigs.