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Jazz Solo Transcription Excerpts

CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition


2017-2018

Perform the following excerpts from classic jazz solos and include them in your
recording. In most cases, there are no tempos and few articulations provided,
so it is essential that you listen to the source recording. Specific info for those
recordings is included on each audition page. All recordings are available for
digital purchase (iTunes or Amazon; approx. $1 per song) or to stream (Apple
Music or Spotify). Style is of the utmost importance here, so please listen as
much as possible! All instruments’ excerpts are included here, so navigate to
the appropriate page to find the material specific to your instrument.

Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Bari Sax
Trumpet
Trombone
Flute*
Clarinet*
Piano
Guitar
Bass
Drums
Vibes*

If you would like a list of private teachers to help you prepare for
the audition, please contact Mr. Delson (ndelson@cbsd.org)
or your current band director.
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2016-2017

Jazz Alto Sax Solo


Performer: Phil Woods
Song Title: All the Things You Are
Album artist(s): Modern Jazz Quartet
Album title: MJQ & Friends- a 40th Anniversary
Celebration
available to stream via Apple Music or purchase in iTunes store

Listen to the recording as much as possible to help internalize the


Alto Sax
tempo, style of the performer, and nuance of the solo.
solo begins 2m25s into the recording.
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2017-2018


Jazz Tenor Sax Solo
Performer: Sonny Rollins
Song Title: Valse Hot
Album artist(s): Sonny Rollins
Album title: Plus 4
available to stream via Apple Music or purchase in iTunes store

Tenor Saxophone
Pent Up House

1 B‹7 B¨7 B‹7 B¨7 A² B¨7 A²


#
## 4 Œ ‰ œ œ œ œ œ œœ ˙
œ
œ œ#œ œ œnœ œ œ œ#œ œ œ œ œ Œ Ó ù
& 4 J œœ œ
B‹7 B¨7 B‹7 B¨7 A² B¨7 A²
### œ œ Ó ù˙ œ œ Œ Ó
& Œ Ó Œ nœ œ œ œ #œ œ

D‹7 E¨7 E‹7 D‹7 G7


### œ#œ œ œ nœ œ œ œ œ ùnœ ˙ # œ#œ
œ œ œ nœ Œ Ó œ œ
& nœ nœ
B‹7 B¨7 B‹7 B¨7 A² B¨7 B‹7
œ # œ œ n œ œ 3 œœœœ œ œœ˙
### œ œœ œ œ œ
œ œ
& œ ¿nœ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ ‰ œ
3

Listen to the recording as much as possible to help internalize the tempo,


style of the performer, and nuance of the solo. 

Audition material begins 2m58s into the recording.
Note that the audition portion begins in the middle of the solo.
œ œ nœ œ œ Œ ‰œ
& # Ó Œ

C #min7 F #7
3

œœœ
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2017-2018

œ ÿœ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ nœ œ #œ œ #œ œ
B min7 G9
#
&Jazz# Bari
Ó Œ ‰J
Sax Solo
œ
Performer: Gerry Mulligan

C #min7 F #7
œ #œ œœ
Song Title: Bernie’s Tune

## œ # œ n œ œ n œ œ œ n œ œ
B min7
œ œ œœœ ˙ œ œ œ œ.
Album artist(s): Gerry Mulligan

œ
&available to stream via Apple Music or purchase in#iTunes
œ store J
Album title: Bernie’s Tune

œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ #œ œ œ œ
ŸG 6 E min7 A min7 D7 G6 E min7
##
Ó Œ ‰ J ‰J ‰J
r
&
œ

## œ œ œ n œ # œ œ œ # œ œ Œ ‰ n œ œ œ œ œ œ œ b œ œ
A min7 D7 G6 E min7 A min7 D7 G6
n œ # œ œ œ œœ
& J œ œ #œ œ

C #min7 F #7 j œœ
## Ó œ œ œ ÿœ
B min7
œ œ n œ œ œ œ œ œ œ nœ
G9
‰ J œ
œ

& Œ Œ Œ Œ

Listen to the recording as much as possible to help internalize the tempo,


style of the performer, and nuance of the solo. 

Audition material begins 0m57s into the recording.
Note that the audition portion begins in the middle of the solo.
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2017-2018

Jazz Trumpet Solo


Performer: Clifford Brown
Song Title: Stompin’ at the Savoy
Album artist(s): Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Album title: Brown and Roach Incorporated
Clifford Brown's trumpet solo over the chord changes
available to stream via Apple Music or purchase in iTunes store

to "Stompin' at the Savoy"


from "Brown and Roach Incorporated" (1954) / transcribed by Tom Varner
1 E E
' ') !
(' ' & ) ) $ $ % " % )" % ) . ) ) ) . ) ' ) ) $ % ) ) ) .) ') % .)
" "
3

F  B E E F  B


' ') ) !
(' ' ) ) ) ) ) . ) ) ) .) ) )
) - ) ) . ) ) ) ) ) . ) ) ) ) ) . ) !
) ) ) ) .) )
3

E B E E


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) % ) ) ) ))))
3 3

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/'0 * .)
) ) ) *
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(' ' ) ) ) ) % ! .) )
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)+ ' )
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( ' ' ) )
)help internalize the correct
tempo," style of the performer, and. )tonuance
Listen to the recording as much as possible
of the solo.
Trumpet solo begins 2m26s into the recording.
F  B B
' -) . ) ) ) -) ) ) ) -) ) )
'
( ' . )
-) .) -) - ) %" -) -) .) ) -) ) ) -) /'0 ) ) ) ) ) ) . ) )
-) . ) 3
- ) .) ., ,
3 3 3

E E
' ! !
( ' ' *+ $ $ % ') )
) ) )+ ') ) ) ) *+ $

F  B !
E F  B
' ) ) ) ) ) ) -) * ) ) ) ) #
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2017-2018
Jazz Trombone Solo
Performer: J.J. Johnson (Jay Jay)
Song Title: Viscosity
Album artist(s): J.J. Johnson (Jay Jay)
Album title: The Eminent Jay Jay Johnsons, Vol. 2 Viscosity
available
Trombone to stream via Apple Music or purchase in iTunes store

G‹7 C7
B¨‹7
œ E¨7 F‹7 B¨7 E¨‹7 A¨7
b œ œ œ b œ œ b œ >œ b œ œ œ œ œ œ b œ œ œ. œ.
œ
?4 ‰ J œ b œ œ
4 ‰ J Œ ‰ J ‰ J Œ

D¨² G‹7
5
? ˙ œbœ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ bC7œJ b œ œ F‹7
œ b
B¨7
. b œ.
œ
‰ J Ó ‰ J ‰ Œ

9 D‹7(b5) G7(b9) E‹7(b5) A7(b9)


? ˙ œ™ œ Ó œ
‰ J bœ œ™ œ ‰ œ ‰ œ ˙ bœ
‰ J ‰ b œJ
J J J J
>œ œ .
13 A¨Œ„Š7 D‹7(b5) G&7 C² C7½ œ
? œ™ œJ ˙ œ œ b œ b œ œ œ œ œ nœ œû
‰ J ‰ J Ó Œ ‰ J

Listen to the recording as much as possible to help internalize the


tempo, style of the performer, and nuance of the solo. Bass solo
begins 0m49s into the recording.
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2017-2018


Jazz Flute Solo
Performer: Joe Farrell
Song Title: Spain
Album artist(s): Chick Corea w/ Return to Forever
Album title: Light as a Feather
available to stream via Apple Music or purchase in iTunes store

Flute
Spain Solo Flute
GŒ„Š7(#11).
# œ. œ œ. œ œ œ œ. œ œ™ #œ œ œ
œ œ œ b œ œ# œ œ œ
&C ‰ J ‰ J ‰ J ‰ J J ‰ J

F©7 b œ b >œ b œ
bœ b œ b œ
& Ó Œ ‰ bœbœ bœ bœ bœ bœ Œ Ó ∑
E‹7 A7
œ. b œ. œ. # œ. n œ œ œ. œ. b œ. b œ bœ
Œ Ó Œ bœ bœ Ó
&

D² # œ œ œ œ n œ G² œ
nœ#œ #œ œ œ #œ œ œ œ œ œ -
b œ
& #œ œ J ‰ Œ b œ œ œ œ œ#œ Œ

C©7 F©7
j nœ
& Œ ‰ œ b œ œ #œ#œ œ nœ#œ œ nœ #œ œ œ œ#œ ¿ nœ -œ Œ Ó
#œ œ #œ
B‹ >œ œ œ # œ ™ œ œ -œ B7
j œ # œ J ‰ J
& ‰ œ œ ∑ ∑

Listen to the recording as much as possible to help internalize the tempo,


style of the performer, and nuance of the solo. 

Audition material begins 3m28s into the recording.
Note that the audition portion begins in the middle of the solo.
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2017-2018

Jazz Clarinet Solo Listen to the recording as much as possible to help


Performer: Eddie Daniels internalize the tempo, style of the performer, and nuance

Song Title: Fiesta Mojo of the solo. Clarinet solo begins 3m14s into the
Album artist(s): Arturo Sandoval recording.
Album title: Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)

Fiesta 

Clarinet in Bb

A
h = 88 (in 2- cut time) œ G7 C©7
# C ‰ j œ œ œ ¿# œ œ nœ # œ # ¿ œ . -- .
& œ œ ‰ œJ ‰ œJ œ œ Œ œ œ œ nœ

F©‹7 B7
œ E‹7 B7
œ œ œ
#<n> œ #œ œ#œ œ œ b œnœ œ œ j ‰ ‰ J œ #œnœ œb œ œ œnœ œb œ œb œ œ œ
b œ
& nœ nœ
3

DŒ„Š7 G©7 G7 C©7


n œ B œ nœ
œ œ œ#œ #œ#œ #œ œnœ œ
# œ #œ nœ
& Œ J ‰ #œ nœ #œ œ Œ œ
3 3
(lay back) (lay back)

F©‹7
œ B7
œ n œ œœœœ œ E‹7
. . b œ. . œ. .
# œ œ œ œ
& ‰ œJ œ œ #œ #œ œ ‰ œj b œ. œ #œ
3

A7 DŒ„Š7 G©7. œ
. .
# œ. nœ. #œ. œ. œ œ b œ n œ b œ #œ œ œ #œ œ œ œ œ. œ # œ œ œ œ œ œ.
&
3 3 3
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2017-2018

Jazz Piano Solo


Performer: Hiromi Uehara
Song Title: I Got Rhythm
Album artist(s): Hiromi Uehara
Album title: Beyond Standard 

available to stream via Apple Music or purchase in iTunes store

Listen to the recording as much as possible to help internalize the tempo,


style of the performer, and nuance of the solo. 

Audition material begins 1m09s into the recording.
Note that the audition portion begins in the middle of the solo.
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2017-2018
Jazz Guitar Solo
Performer: Jim Hall
Song Title: You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
Album artist(s): Jim Hall
Album title: Concierto
available to stream via Apple Music or purchase in iTunes store

Electric Guitar

B¨6 œ œ A‹7(b5) D7(b9) G‹7 A‹7(b5) D7(b9)


b4 œ œ œ œ œ œ j œj œ œ
&b œ œ nœ w
‰ #œ œ J
4
G‹7 F‹7 B¨7
& bb œ #œ œ Ó Œ ‰ œ nœ œ b œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ
J œ œ
E¨Œ„Š7 A‹7(b5) D7(b9)
b
&b œ œ œ œ œ œ œ Œ œ œ œ œ œ œ #œ œ Œ Œ œ Ó

G‹7 œ E‹7(b5) A7(b9) bœ
b n œ n œ œ œ b œ œ n œ œ
& b ‰ œj # œ œ œ œ œ œ
œ œ œ œ # œ
nœ œ Ó
‰J œ
3
A‹7(b5) D7(b9) G‹7
nœ #œ œ b œ nœ œ œ
& bb Œ ∑ ˙

Listen to the recording as much as possible to help internalize the


Guitar solo
tempo, style of the performer, and nuance of the solo.
begins 0m30s into the recording.
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2017-2018

Jazz Guitar Solo


Listen to the recording as much as possible to help
Performer: Jim Hall internalize the tempo, style of the performer, and nuance
Song Title: You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To of the solo. Guitar solo begins 0m30s into the
Album artist(s): Jim Hall recording.
Album title: Concierto
Electric Guitar tab

B¨6 A‹7(b5) D7(b9)


4 14 14 12 10 10
12 10 12
⁄ 4 12 12
12

3 G‹7 A‹7(b5) jD7(b9)


j j G‹7 j
‰ Ó Œ ‰
12
⁄ 12 14 15
12 13 12
14 15
13
13
13
11

7 F‹7 B¨7 E¨Œ„Š7


Œ
10 12
⁄ 11
11
13 13
13 11 11 10 10
13 13
13
10 10
10
8 8 8 10 11
8

11 A‹7(b5) D7(b9) G‹7 j


Œ Œ ‰ 8 10
Ó 5 7 9 10 10
7 7 8 12
⁄ 10
13
9 9 8
10
10
9 13
15

15 E‹7(b5) A7(b9) 3 A‹7(b5) D7(b9) G‹7


j
‰ 13 14 15 16 13 Œ 15
Ó 9 10 13 ∑ 15
13 12 11 13 12
⁄ 12 12
13

Tabs are provided to help developing readers on guitar and bass feel more
confident in their audition. Reading standard notation and chord changes,
however, is necessary to participate in Jazz Ensemble. If you place in the group,
please make sure you are a fluent reader prior to September, 2016.


CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2017-2018

Jazz Bass Solo


Performer: Jaco Pastorius
Song Title: Bright Size Life
Album artist(s): Pat Metheny
Bright Size Life
Album title: Bright Size Life Jaco Pastorius Fretless Bass solo
available to stream via Apple Music or purchase1976
in iTunes store
Album
version
q=164 Pat Metheny
transcribed by Tom Coppin
A Gmaj7

Straight feel
                 
Bbmaj7b5

        
 
3 3

           
D D/C Bbmaj7b5 G/A
5
      
3


 
Gmaj7 Bbmaj7b5

        
         
9 sl
      
 
3 3 3
D/C D

     


D G/B

    

13
       


 style of the performer, and
Listen 
     nuance
G/A
 of the
to the recording F/G
as much as possible to help internalize
  the tempo,   solo.
    
17 sl
  Bass solo begins 2m19s
 into the recording.  
Jaco performs on an electric bass on this recording. You may
use an electric or acoustic bass in your audition.

   
This run is grouped in 4, and is actually
a 16th note passage that drags D G/A
   
A7
            
 3      sh
21

    
    sh
3 3
Gmaj7
      
  Bbmaj7b5
       
    
25
    
 3 3 3

 
D D/C A7 Dmaj7
 
29
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2017-2018

Jazz Bass Solo


Performer: Jaco Pastorius
Song Title: Bright Size Life
Album artist(s): Pat Metheny
Album
Electric Bass title: Bright Size Life
available to stream via Apple Music or purchase in iTunes store

GŒ„Š7 3 B¨Œ„Š7(b5)
A j
16 14
j
4 16 14 12 12 14 12 14 14 Œ ‰ 12 14 14 12 14 16
4
¤ 14 16 14 13 13 13

j 3 D² D²/C B¨Œ„Š7(b5) - .3 G²/A j


14 14 14 14
™ 12 15 14
Œ ‰ 0 14 14 12 14 16 Œ Ó Œ ‰ 16 14 16 Œ
¤

GŒ„Š7 > . . B¨Œ„Š7(b5)


- 3 - .
j
18 19 18 11 12 16 14 16 9 14 15

19 14 15 15 15 ‰ 15
¤ Ó 17
18 17 15
3 3

D² D²/C G²/B D²
j
‰ 11 12 11
12 12 14 12 14 12 12 12 12 12 7 7 12 12 9
¤ 12 14 12 10 9 9
12 14 10 10 10

Tabs are provided to help developing readers on guitar and bass feel more
confident in their audition. Reading standard notation and chord changes,
however, is necessary to participate in Jazz Ensemble. If you place in the group,
please make sure you are a fluent reader prior to September, 2016.

Listen to the recording as much as possible to help internalize


the tempo, style of the performer, and nuance of the solo.
Bass solo begins 2m19s into the recording.
Jaco performs on an electric bass on this recording. You may
use an electric or acoustic bass in your audition.
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2017-2018

Jazz Vibes Solo


Performer: Joe Locke
Song Title: You Don’t Know What Love Is
Album artist(s): Joe Locke
Album title: Very Early
available to stream via Apple Music or purchase in iTunes store
Vibraphone
You don't know
>j >j 3
bbbb 4
& œœ ™™ œœœ ˙˙˙ ™™™ œœœ œ œ œœ ™™ œœœ ˙˙˙ œœ nnœœ bb œœ œœ
4˙ œ ™ bœ ˙ ™ œ ˙ œ ™ bœ ˙
>j >j
bbbb
& œœ ™™ œœœ ˙˙˙ ™™™ œœœ œ œ œœ ™™ œœœ ˙Ó˙˙ n ˙˙œ n œ
˙ œ ™ bœ ˙ ™ œ ˙ œ ™ bœ ˙
3 .
œœ ™™ œœ œœ ™™
j
bbbb œœ œ œ ˙ œ ™
j
& nnwww œœ œœ ™™
‰ n œœ ™™
œ
n œœ œœ b œœ ™™ n œœœ ˙˙
˙
œœ
œ
w œ J
- - . .
˙˙ ™™
j -
& b bb œœœ ™™ œ œ œ nœœœ œœœ œ œ œ œjœ
b j j
b œœ
œ ™ ˙˙ ™™
œ nœ ˙
n œœ

Listen to the recording as much as possible to help internalize the tempo,


style of the performer, and nuance of the solo. 

Audition material begins as soon as the recording does(0m1s).
Note that the vibes audition is the performance on an intro and melody,
not an improvised solo. Please prepare the music as it appears above.
CBW Jazz Ensemble Audition: 2016-2017
Jazz Drums Solo
Performer: Art Blakey
Song Title: Sincerely Diana
Album artist(s): Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Album title: A Night in Tunisia
available to
 stream via Apple Music or purchase in iTunes store

Listen to the recording as much as possible to help internalize the tempo,


style of the performer, and nuance of the solo. 

Audition material begins 5m20s into the recording.
Note that the audition portion begins in the middle of the solo.