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This ensemble performs throughout the semester. Check out the latest concert listings for all of the details.

Jazz Ensemble

nieskeThe Brandeis Jazz Ensemble, open to the entire Brandeis community by audition, is comprised of 15-20 musicians led by one of Boston's best-known jazz men, Professor of the Practice Robert Nieske. In addition to the classic jazz repertory, the ensemble performs original compositions written specifically for the group. Students are encouraged to compose for the ensemble and receive guidance from the director.

Interested vocalists, saxophone, brass [including horn, euphonium or tuba], guitar, piano, bass or drum players will be asked to play scales and arpeggios, sight read and play a prepared piece at the audition. Improvising experience is not required, but reading skills are. Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Slosberg Music Center.

Fall 2017 auditions will take place at the beginning of the semester. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the Slosberg lobby or email Robert Nieske to schedule a time.
Location: Slosberg 235

Audition Requirements for Jazz Ensemble:

Everyone except drums: [this includes all Brass, Saxes, Vocalists and any non traditional instruments who wish to audition]

    1. Prepare one medium tempo jazz piece of your choice, no Ballads
    [pieces by Ellington, Parker, Gershwin, Mingus, Monk, Porter ect.]
    Prepare these SCALES IN EIGHT NOTES at quarter note = 60

    2. Chromatic scale over the full range of your instrument

    3. Major scales: B flat and F–two octaves if possible

    4. Minor scales: C and A–two octaves if possible

    5. Improvise over 12 bar blues in key of your choice [not necessary]

    6. Sightread chart chosen by the director

Piano, Guitar and Bass must, in addition, comp/walk over 12 bar blues and Rhythm changes [chords from I Got Rhythm]

Drums will be asked to play various tempo swing and latin grooves and sightread a drum part.

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