JazzAmerica is Looking for Saxophonists

JazzAmerica is looking for a few good Saxophonists!

The following post was contributed by Richard Simon, the program director for Jazz America.

If you are a teen-aged jazz fanatic, you consider yourself a good sight-reader, and you are free on Saturday mornings, JazzAmerica can offer you a summer of fun, challenges and high-profile performance exposure!

As part of the program, you’ll receive instruction from experienced jazz educators, music to practice at home, a room full of players to meet and form groups with – and it’s all tuition-free!

JazzAmerica is now in its twentieth year of presenting its Big Band “WorkChops.” Co-founded by LA’s own legendary woodwind giant, Buddy Collette, JazzAmerica has helped hundreds of musicians, aged 12 to 20, along the way to distinguished careers. Our alumni often go into college music programs at places such as Berklee, USC, UCLA and many others. Some are now appearing regularly in jazz clubs and on recordings worldwide.

JazzAmerica’s new Big Band 2013 now needs to firm up its Saxophone section.

Here are the details:

  • Be free to rehearse with us most Saturday mornings, from May 25 to August 17
  • Be able to practice our material on your own, between weekly rehearsals
  • Be available to perform with us the morning of July 28, the evening of August 17, and the afternoon of August 18

If you meet all these criteria:

  • Please visit www.JazzAmerica.org (It’s a small and still-under-construction website, so please be patient and scroll, scroll, scroll.)
  • Scroll until you see individual parts for a tune called “Walkin’ and Swingin’,” by Mary Lou Williams. (If the link doesn’t work, look up the tune on YouTube.)
  • Download your part and practice it. We’re especially interested in your ability to play from Letter D through Letter F.
  • You can either submit a “remote” audition (by sending a sound file of yourself) to ufobass@aol.com), or by arriving at our next rehearsal (Saturday, May 25) prepared to play the passage.
  • We have a mission to perpetuate the jazz tradition. With our summer Big Band “WorkChops,” we are committed to helping students “internalize” the key elements of jazz that swings – namely, the rhythm, vocabulary and phrasing that distinguished such bands as those of the Basie and Ellington.

Come join us for a swinging summer!



Richard Simon is a jazz bassist and educator in Hollywood, California. He began teaching as part of Buddy Collette’s JazzAmerica program in 1994 where he is currently Program Director. He has toured and performed with a number of jazz artists including Sam Most, Llew Matthews, Dan Barrett, Keely Smith, and Ken Peplowski.

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Published on: May 24, 2013

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