Jazz Bass Auditions

 The KU School of Music currently offers a B.A. in jazz studies.  

Limited spaces are available for the Jazz Studies program.

A limited number of scholarships are available. 

Please contact Professor Dan Gailey to inquire about space in your particular instrument.


You must provide your own Jamey Aebersold play-along CD (Vol. 54 will work).  

  • Two contrasting jazz standards (such as "Autumn Leaves" in concert G minor as a medium swing, and "Blue Bossa" in concert C minor as a Latin tune)
    1. Play a chorus of melody,
    2. Followed by a chorus of walking bass line (bossa nova bass line on "Blue Bossa"),
    3. Followed by a chorus of improvised solo.  
  • Sight-reading
  • Selected major and minor scales.

Faculty Contact: Dan Gailey, dgailey@ku.edu


Audition Dates

(For entry into the Fall 2018 semester) 

 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018: Prairie Winds Festival participants only.                 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018: Regular Audition Date - all instruments and voice.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018: Regular Audition Date - all instruments and voice.

If you cannot attend a live audition date, contact musicrecruiting@ku.edu to make other arrangements.


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