Jazz Combos

The Jazz Combo Program at California State University, Stanislaus seeks to provide students with the necessary skills for performing professionally in a small group jazz environment.

Jazz Combo students are expected to develop their own unique ensemble sound and group concept by fusing the creative, artistic, and technical abilities of the individuals in each group. Additionally, students are encouraged to explore original compositions, "head charts", free group improvisation, and unique arrangements of standard jazz repertoire.

To prepare students for professional performance situations, the memorization of standard jazz repertoire is expected.

Combos perform frequently on and off campus for a variety of different functions and events.

Placement in jazz combos is by audition only.

Audition information for all jazz performing groups at California State University, Stanislaus will be posted one week before the first day of class of each semester. The results from the audition are usually posted the day following the auditions. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the Jazz Studies Bulletin Board (located outside of M-43).

Auditions for 2010-2011 will be held August 23.

Those students interested in playing in a jazz combo will be asked to play the melody of and solo (at least 2 choruses) over a jazz standard, a blues, and rhythm changes. A list of acceptable jazz standards will be posted along with the audition information. Drummers should know all styles of drumming including, but not limited to, up-tempo and medium swing, jazz waltz, funk, shuffle, and samba.