• JMHS Jazz


    Welcome to the Jackson Memorial Jazz Ensemble Page!


    Well, the time has come to start working on the 2021 Jazz Season!

    The auditions/rehearsals are going to look and feel a bit different than in past years but we will do the best we can to make this as memorable of an experience as possible.  Please make sure you take time to read ALL materials before starting your audition video and submit


    Rather than having in person live auditions, we will utilize the recorded video submission process.  During this audition, you will still include all elements of a normal audtion (scales and two prepared selections) but in a continuous video without the use of editing software.  This completed video recording will be uploaded to a Google Form (via an unlisted YouTube Video or a Google Drive link) and will be viewed by both Mr. Diaz and Mr. Ficarra.  Rubrics will be used in the judging process and highest scores in each instrument will be invited to join the 2021 JMHS Jazz Ensemble.  Below are some standard tips to help you prepare for the audition.   Please use all resources available to help you adequately prepare for the audition.  


    Best of Luck and we look forward to hearing all of your audition materials!


    Please click on the Audition Tab to the Left to Access information needed to have the most successful audition possible.  


    Some tips about the Audition:

    - Please ask questions!  They can not be asked to Mr. Diaz, Mr. Ficarra, or any other person who has been involved in the auditon

    - Please make sure you come prepared for the audition.  Looking at the music the night before is not considered prepared.  You are going to have to take 30 minutes every night and look through the materials. 

    - Please make sure you practice "Autumn in New York" with the provided recording.  You will have to play this selection with the back track in the audition.    

    - Yes, you do need to know ALL of your major scales.  Please see comment above (learning them the night before...)

    - To understand the Jazz Language, you need to listen to Jazz.  There are some great Jazz Listening statations that I will be including on this webpage at a later date.  The first one that comes to mind is www.wrti.org.  You can listen to Jazz 24 hours a day for free!   If you have satalite radio, the Jazz station is Channel 67.  

    - There will be a sightreading portion in the audition.  This can be practiced.  You have access to sightreading factory.  You can also pick up a Real Book and start playing through as many of those charts as possible.


    Most importantly, we encourage as many students to audition as possible.  It will be a great experience in the audition process and to really hear what you sound like.  We look forward to this process and...