Jazz Unlimited Scholarship Audition For 2019

Jazz Unlimited of Greater of Milwaukee is again offering scholarships to deserving High School age jazz musicians in the Wisconsin area. We ask you to help us get the word out to them and encourage them to complete and share their talents! Please post or share this information specifically for students in the age bracket of 14 to 18. The following $5000 in scholarships will be awarded on the day of auditions, 3rd Sunday in March. Auditions begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. at Cascio Interstate Music, 13819 W National Ave, New Berlin WI.

Guidelines and Requirements

Auditions will start at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17th, 2019 at Cascio Interstate Music 13819 W National Ave, New Berlin, WI. Application deadline is second Friday in March. Actual audition is third Sunday in March. Applications Must Be Received by Friday, March 8, 2109

Application form can be downloaded here

This Years Judges
Kaye Berigan
Deirdre Fellner
Samuel Steffke

1 - $1,000.00 Douglas M. and Eleanor M. Gmoser Best Reed Player Award, ages 14 to 18
1 - $1,000 Wayne “Zim” Zimmermann Showmanship Award, ages 14 to 18
3 - $500 Best Instrumentalist Awards, ages 14 to 18
1 - $500 Best Jazz Vocalist Award, ages 14 to 18
1 - $500 Most Unique & Original Vocalist Award, ages 14 to 18
2 - $250 Deirdre Fellner West End Conservatory Scholarships for 14 and 15 year old jazz students

$5000 in total could be awarded

Audition Information/Times – All applicants will be notified of their audition time at least several days prior to the auditions. The applicant should arrange for their own recorded or live solo accompanist. We will furnish a CD player and the capability to play digital recordings.

Instrumental applicants should select a ballad and an up tempo or Latin rhythm piece to play. The judges look for applicant's ability to present the melody and improvise one or more of the choruses. Applicant should also play several choruses of Ellington's “C Jam Blues” in the key of their choice.

Vocalist applicants should be prepared to choose two out or three choices of ballad, uptempo or Latin song selections. They should be prepared to sing no more than two choruses of their selections.

Musical Aptitude – The applicant should have demonstrated an above average ability to play their instrument or to sing jazz vocals at their grade or age level as well as have a particular interest in jazz music. Optional: letter of recommendation.

While it is your choice as to the selections you play, the following pieces are only suggestions. Feel free to call (414) 840-2224 or email at MikeMecha@jazzunlimitedmke.org with any questions you have about selections:


Stardust Willow
Weep for Me
Body and Soul
Georgia on My Mind
My Romance
Embraceable You
That's All
Moonlight in Vermont
Sweet Georgia Brown

Rhythm Pieces Uptempo

Back Home in Indiana
Lullaby of
Cheek to Cheek
Green Dolphin Street Perdido
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Lady Be Good

Drummers should demonstrate the ability to play brushes and sticks in different rhythms, such as Latin and Jazz. Drummers will need to set up and use their own kit. Please contact Mike Mecha at MikeMecha@jazzunlimitedmke.org or (414) 840-2224 in advance for details about setting up.

Trade Fours: The applicant will be asked to “trade fours” on “C Jam Blues”; that is, play improvised four-bar phrases on the blues alternately with other musicians or with a pianist provided by the judges.

You may download the official Jazz Unlimited student application form at https://jazzunlimitedmke.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/GenericJUScholarshipApplicationForm.pdf The deadline to apply is the 2nd Friday in March (3/8/19). All persons to perform at the scholarship program must be present at the start of the program. Scholarship application forms can also be downloaded at Jazzunlimitedmke.org/scholarships-programs. Scholarship students may not use the judges or internet sources for accompaniment. Winners choose where to apply the scholarship money for Jazz-Related Activities (camps, lessons, instruments, etc.).

Please do not hesitate to contact Mike Mecha (Scholarship Chair) at MikeMecha@jazzunlimitedmke.org or (414) 840-2224 with any questions or simply to submit an application.