NYU Jazz Ensembles


NYU Jazz Ensembles

Fall 2018 Audition Dates and Registration

Non-Jazz Majors: Wednesday, August 29, from 11am-3pm
Jazz Majors: Friday, August 31, from 11am-3pm

Auditioning students must bring lead sheets for three contrasting jazz standards. Be prepared to play from your tune selection along with a live rhythm section supplied by the Jazz Studies Program. 

All jazz auditions will be held at the Jazz Facility at the Third Avenue North residence hall, 75 3rd Ave (at East 11th St.), Room C-207


Joe Lovano Ensemble
NYU Jazz Faculty and Grammy Award winning saxophonist Joe Lovano was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began playing alto sax as a child. His performance career from the mid 70s includes work with Lonnie Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, the Woody Herman Thundering Herd, the Mel Lewis Orchestra, the Paul Motian band, John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Bobby Hutcherson, Billy Higgins, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Michel Petrucciani, Lee Konitz, Abbey Lincoln, Tom Harrell, McCoy Tyner, Jim Hall, Bob Brookmeyer, and many more. Professor Lovano's is known for a fearless ability to challenge and push the conceptual and thematic paradigms in his quest for new modes of artistic expression and the development of defines the jazz idiom.

Chris Potter Ensemble
Chris Potter, renowned saxophonist, received the prestigious "2004 Jazz Critics Award for Tenor Saxophonist of the Year." Finalists for that award included NYU alumnus Wayne Shorter and former NYU faculty member Joe Lovano. Chris is a member of bassist Dave Holland's touring band, leads his own band, and has toured and recorded with Steely Dan. 

John Scofield Ensembles
Internationally acclaimed NYU Jazz guitar faculty member John Scofield was born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut. At age 11 he began guitar lessons, inspired by both rock and blues players. A local teacher introduced him to Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall and Pat Martino, which sparked a lifelong love of jazz. John played with a wide variety of jazz greats including Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Billy Cobham/George Duke, Gerry Mulligan, McCoy Tyner, Jim Hall, and Gary Burton. In 1982, he began a three-and-a-half-year tour with Miles Davis. John’s compositions and inimitable guitar work appear on three of Davis’ albums. John began recording as a leader in the late 1970s, establishing himself as an influential and innovative player and composer. His recordings – many considered jazz classics – include collaborations with Pat Metheny, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Government Mule, and Joe Lovano. 

Billy Drewes Ensemble I
This ensemble will visit alternate, creative approaches to playing a composition while maintaining its integrity. Members are encouraged to write original pieces for the group.

Billy Drewes Ensemble II
"The Green Light Ensemble" is an orchestral improvisatory ensemble. Non- jazz program students, particularly from classical backgrounds are welcomed. The goal of this group is to play freely in a way that one has never experienced before. It is all about creating in the moment! 

Alan Ferber Ensemble
This ensemble is directed towards playing a mix of jazz standards and students' original compositions.

NYU Jazz Repertory Nonet (Alan Ferber)
Sight reading is the emphasis in this ensemble which plays music from the large jazz ensemble library.

World Percussion Ensemble (John Hadfield)
This ensemble will explore the musical traditions of South India and the Middle East. Students will learn South Indian compositions and vocalization techniques as well as the frame drum techniques of the Kanjira, Riq and Darbuka. Participation in this ensemble is determined by the instructor. 

Ralph Lalama Ensemble
This ensemble explores the "jazz sound ideal" through the Great American Jazz Songbook and its composers and encourages students’ own compositions. Improvisational skills dealing with melody, harmony, and rhythm will be developed. The focus is on learning to play and listen at the same time.

Ron McClure Ensemble
This ensemble performs a variety of music including jazz standards and original arrangements by director Ron McClure who has performed with the bands of Charles Lloyd (with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette), Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. 

Andy Milne Ensemble I
This ensemble will focus on the study of group interaction and dynamics, performing a range of repertoire - student originals, standards, free improvisation, and Andy Milne compositions. 

Andy Milne Ensemble II
This ensemble will focus on performing the music of Andy Milne, Steve Coleman, and other music with specifically notated rhythmic patterns, both in 4/4 and “odd meters.” Some material will be taught strictly “by ear” without notation, so it is important that students have some kind of device to record the class.

Tony Moreno Ensembles I & II
These ensembles will work on a wide repertoire of material including original compositions by the instructor, students (2 required), other composers as well as jazz standards.  Focus will be on form, harmony, harmonic rhythm, meter, polyrhythms, and mixed meter. 

Lenny Pickett Block Party Band
This ensemble rehearses and performs repertoire from the Saturday Night Live Band directed by Lenny Pickett. Participation is by special audition. Audition times will be posted at Third Avenue North.

The NYU Wayne Shorter Ensemble (Dave Pietro)
This ensemble explores the compositions of Wayne Shorter from the earliest parts of his career (Art Blakey, Blue Note sessions), through his work with Miles Davis and Weather Report up to his more recent bands and projects (Atlantis, Alegria).  

The Mingus Ensemble (Mike Richmond)
Charles Mingus' compositions and arrangements provide the foundation for extended improvisation and group interplay. Mike Richmond was the musical director of the original Mingus Dynasty.

Latin Music Ensemble (Michael Rodriguez)
This group will explore a repertoire of Afro-Cuban Jazz music.

Michael Rodriguez Ensemble
This ensemble is directed towards playing a mix of jazz standards and students' original compositions.

Adam Rogers Ensemble
This group is geared towards playing a mix of jazz standards and students' original compositions.

Brazilian Music Ensemble  (Adriano Santos)
This ensemble will perform a large repertoire of music covering the most important composers, styles, and regions of Brazil.

Brazilian Percussion Ensemble (Adriano Santos)
This group offers a hands-on approach to Brazilian percussion techniques as applied to Samba, Baião, Maracatu, Choro, Afoxé, and Partido Alto. In addition to performing, video and audio examples will also be discussed.

NYU Jazz Orchestra conducted by Rich Shemaria
This group is the flagship ensemble of the NYU Jazz Studies Department and presents public concerts throughout the year. It is dedicated to performing new works by faculty and students. A high level of sight reading, ensemble playing and doubling (for saxes) is required.

Brad Shepik Ensemble 
This ensemble explores jazz repertoire of different eras with an emphasis on odd meters – rearranging songs in meters such as 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13 as well as delving into the richness of the jazz canon.

World Music Ensemble (Brad Shepik)
This ensemble will explore the fusing of various world folk music with jazz improvisation and aesthetics. The group will focus on Balkan styles and use traditional, contemporary  and original pieces to gain an understanding of odd meters and melodic and harmonic conventions. Students will be strongly encouraged to produce an original work for the ensemble by the term’s end.

Alex Sipiagin Ensemble
This ensemble performs a variety of music, including jazz standards and original arrangements.

Lenny White Ensemble
This ensemble performs a variety of music, including jazz standards and original arrangements.

Martin Wind Ensemble
This group is geared towards playing a mix of jazz standards and students' original compositions.