Live JAZZ Music & Dance Entertainment ReLoaded!

Audition for JAD

Audition for Jazz Ain't Dead®
Choreography and Artistic Direction, Candice Michelle Franklin
Music Director, Lafayette Harris Jr.

Jazz Ain't Dead is a young urban Jazz music and dance collective/pick-up production performing and promoting Jazz music and it's progressive derivatives for today's audiences with it's focus on young adult live music connoisseurs.  To promote this appeal, all performers auditioning should be at least 18 - 35 years age, and must "appear" to be under 30.  Veteran Jazz recording artists are encouraged to submit inquiries of collaboration or performance as "guest artists" to

All Performers must be CONSERVATORY TRAINED in their respective talents and have the insane ability to improv (scat, dance, tap, play an instrument) at any given time with fearless command of their craft!

Performers Needed
                    • Young (18-35) Conservatory Trained Singers in Jazz with ability to sing R&B, Funk, and House
                    • Young (18-35) Tap Dancers
                    • Dancers that Sing Musical Theater Very Well.  Vocal training in Jazz performance a plus
                    • Young (18-35) Conservatory Trained Jazz and Contemporary Dancers who have funky rhythm and are fearless at improv
                    • Young (18-35) Conservatory Trained Musicians in Jazz who can read charts and improv their butts off with ability to play Latin, Acid Jazz, Live House, & Soul
                    • Spoken Word Artists that can also freestyle lyrics
Music Arrangers
Music Arrangers with commanding knowledge of Jazz standards/American Song Book who also can arrange acid jazz, neo-soul, funk, dub, and house.  Latin jazz is a plus.  Please submit inquiry for collaboration to

Band Needs
  • Jazz Bass Player (Upright Mandatory & Bass Guitar) who can also play Funk, Latin, Acid Jazz, House, & Soul 
  • Sousaphone and/or Tuba player that knows New Orleans/Zydeco music
  • Harmonica player that knows New Orleans/Zydeco music
  • Fill-in Jazz Sax Player that can play Flute
  • Fill-in Jazz Pianist who can also play Latin, Acid Jazz, live house, Funk, R&B and neo-soul
  • Fill-in Jazz Drummer who can also play Latin, Acid Jazz, live house, Drum & Bass, Funk, and Soul
  • Electric violinist who knows Jazz and has great rhythmic funk and soul.  Knowledge of New Orleans/Zydeco a plus

All performers (yes musicians too) send recent PHOTO and RESUME with performance links (MySpace and YouTube, etc.) and bio to  Our music director and choreographer will keep your respective submissions on file and may call you in for observation during a music or dance rehearsal or open call (dancers).

Thanks so much for your interest in Jazz Ain't Dead!  Looking forward to reviewing your submission...

Good luck!