HAPCO Music Foundation

Jeff Rupert

Tips for Successful Auditions and Jazz Essentials Lists

UCF Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Rupert shares practical advice for successful jazz band auditions for college and general music. Check it out for details on what to do before and at the audition. He also shares some of his favorite recordings to listen to and learn from.

All jazz lovers can pick out some new favorites from his lists of Essential Big Band Jazz Albums (1924-1980) and The Top 200 of 1925-1975: Essential Small Group Jazz Recordings.

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a YAMAHA performing artist and founder of Flying Horse Records. He is Pegasus Professor, Trustee Endowed Chair and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida. He is a frequent HAPCO Clinician at jazz clinics and camps. He has performed at venues including the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the National Concert Hall of Taipei, Taiwan as well as jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

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