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Placement & Audition Requirements – Spring 2015


Mid-year auditions are held on an ongoing basis. Please contact erik@cjc.edu or call 510-845-5373 to schedule an audition.



We will be accepting applicants for the spring 2015 ensembles in early March!
To schedule an audition, please contact program director Erik Jekabson at erik@cjc.edu. Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and will be scheduled at the earliest available time. Auditions take place at the Jazzschool, and drums, amps, cymbals and other equipment is provided.  Auditions will take approximately 10 minutes. Students will be contacted with placement information following the audition.


Jazzschool Young Musicians Program

These auditions are for small combos (5-9 musicians) for both High School and Middle School age musicians.

Please apply below to audition for Middle School and High School Ensembles.

Entering musicians are asked to prepare two skill-level appropriate jazz standards, improvise over a 12-bar blues (optional) or rhythm changes (for high school students only) and sight-read.

Drummers: please demonstrate your ability to play a swing groove, a Latin or straight 8th groove, and improvise within these grooves.  If able, you can demonstrate your ballad or waltz playing abilities.



Jazzschool Studio Band

These auditions are for the Jazzschool’s Award-Winning Studio Band, a 20 piece big band made up of high school musicians from around the Bay Area and conducted by Dave Eshelman.  Musicians who audition for the Studio Band but don’t make it will automatically be considered for jazz combos.

Please prepare to play the melody to Mingus’ “Reincarnation of a Lovebird” at quarter note = 212.  Eb and Bb horns, piano and guitar prepare up to letter C, bass clef instruments prepare the whole page.

Eb Chart
Bass clef chart
Bb chart
Concert chart
Drum Chart

Bring in a standard of your choice to play and improvise on, be prepared to solo over either a 12 bar blues or rhythm changes, and also be prepared to sight read.



Advanced High School Jazz Workshop

These are for the Jazzschool’s Award-Winning high school combos. Workshop I is coached by Michael Zilber and Workshop II is coached by Erik Jekabson.  Musicians who audition for the workshops but don’t make it will automatically be considered for jazz combos.

Please prepare either “Firm Roots” or “Grand Central” as an up-tempo tune and “Prelude to a Kiss” or “My Little Brown Book” as a ballad and be prepared to sight read and demonstrate your ability to play in different time signatures such as 5/4 and 7/4.




Students have the option of submitting an online video audition rather than scheduling an in-person audition. Students submitting their audition online are still required to fill out an online application (see above). On the application form, please select live audition or video submission. Please note: online video submissions are not available for the Studio Bands or Advanced High School Jazz Workshops.

  • Student should be clearly visible (and audible) on the video.
  • Perform two skill-level appropriate jazz standards. Please state the name of each piece before you play it.
  • Download one of the two improvisation tracks by clicking here for the improvisation portion of your audition. Two choruses required.
  • On the video, it is important that your playing is heard louder than anything else, including any accompanying tracks.

Follow the above instructions with only one change: after improvising, please demonstrate comping/voicings on a blues or rhythm changes.


In addition to playing the melody to a standard and 12 bar blues and improvising over them, walk bass lines over a 12 bar blues or rhythm changes and play a bass line over a straight 8th groove (bossa, samba, or funk).


Please demonstrate the following styles:

  • Swing, bossa nova, funk/rock
  • Demonstrate each style at various tempos (i.e. slow, medium, fast)
  • On each style/tempo please “trade fours” with yourself (4 bars of time, 4 bars of solo, etc.) Make sure your different style and trading 4s demonstrations last for at least 16 measures each.

After you have completed your video, upload your audition to YouTube and title the video with your name (Example: John Smith Jazzschool Audition). You should make this a private video (unless you don’t mind it being available to the public). Once the video is uploaded, send a link to youngmusicians@cjc.edu. You may also upload the video to a private website and email a link. Please do not email audition videos as attachments.