• The Senior Jazz Honor Choir is open to SATB singers and rhythm section players in grades 10, 11 or 12.

    ➢ Sing the TWO scales below, one octave ascending and descending, using quarter notes at approximately 100 mm, and using solfege syllables (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do, ti, la, so, fa, mi, re, do). Do not repeat high “do” upon descending and sing the exercise in one breath. (Please record each scale on a separate .mp3)

    Scales: low high

    Soprano I - D Bb (3rd line)
    Soprano II - C Ab (2nd Space)
    Alto I - A (Below middle C) G (1st Line)
    Alto II - G (Below middle C) Eb (Above middle C)
    Tenor I - Eb G
    Tenor II - C F
    Bass I - Ab (1st Space bass clef) Eb
    Bass II - F (Below bass clef) Db

    ● Sing your part (SATB) on the excerpt "Poor Butterfly."
    This is to be done at a medium swing tempo without accompaniment. This should demonstrate your ability to be accurate in this style.

    Rhythm Section:
    Piano
    ● Play the written piano part from "Jazz Piano, example 1."
    ● Comp with melody and chords for one chorus of "A Misty Moment" (Jazz Piano, example 2) followed by two choruses of improvisation. This may be done with the provided background track or live rhythm section.
    ● Improvise a solo playing three choruses of up tempo Bb blues. This may be done with the provided background track or live rhythm section.

    Bass (Acoustic bass is preferred, but electric bass is acceptable.)
    ● Play the written bass part from "Jazz Bass, example 1."
    ● Play a walking bass line on "A Misty Moment" (Jazz Bass, example 2) for two choruses and solo on a third chorus if you choose. This may be done with the provided background track or live rhythm section.
    ● Play a bass line on a latin tune of your choosing for one chorus and solo for one chorus if you choose. This may be done with a background track (bass part removed) or live rhythm section.

    Guitar
    ● Play the written guitar part from "Jazz Guitar, example 1."
    ● Comp sixteen measures of chord changes from a medium tempo swing feel chart, unaccompanied. Recommendation: if possible, use materials you are currently playing in your school jazz ensemble.
    ● Improvise a solo playing three choruses of up tempo Bb blues. This may be done with the provided background track or live rhythm section.

    Drums
    For each of the first five exercises, play sixteen measures trading fours divided alternately as four bars of time, four bars of solo, etc., within each sixteen measure exercise.
    ● Play sixteen measures of medium swing. (quarter note = 120)
    ● Play sixteen measures of fast swing. (quarter note = 200)
    ● Play sixteen measures of shuffle. (quarter note = 152)
    ● Play sixteen measures of bossa nova. (quarter note = 152)
    ● Play sixteen measures of contemporary straight eighth. (quarter note = 100)
    ● Play "Big Band Excerpt - #1" as instructed on the separate Drum Set page.