Edward Tomassi, Director
Jazz at Brown
Jazz at Brown has a history as old as the style itself. Alumni who played with earlier Brown jazz groups include Red Balaban, '51, former owner of Eddie Condon's and Jimmy Ryan's Jazz Clubs in New York, trombonist Stan Vincent, '57' of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band. In recent years the jazz program at Brown has grown to include instrumental instruction, courses in history, transcription and analysis, composition and arranging, and improvisation, an eighteen member big band, and combos, all available for academic credit. Jazz musicians of the highest caliber such as Professor Dana Gooley, Ed Tomassi, Ron Sanfilippo, Paul Mason, Dave Zinno, Daniela Schachter, and Paul Kolesnikow teach these courses and offer private instruction in our Applied Music Program.
Auditions take place at the start of the semester. Instrumentalists will play a prepared example of jazz repertory of their choosing, execute some sight reading, and demonstrate improvisation over 12-bar blues. For advanced students, the improvisation section may be a show tune standard or jazz standard. Vocalists will sing a prepared standard from the jazz repertory and execute some sight reading.
All musicians must bring a second copy of the chart of their prepared repertory to the audition. Ed Tomassi may accompany you on piano. If you prefer to bring your own accompanist, please let Ed know.
Questions? Contact Edward Tomassi,