Jazz Studies Area Scholarship Auditions

Many scholarships are available for qualified jazz studies students by audition. Consideration for a jazz scholarship requires students to be enrolled as a full-time music major, perform in a large jazz ensemble and jazz combo, and take private lessons in your discipline per curricular guidelines. You must be registered for these courses and meet the minimum criteria for GPA as established by the School of Music. Priority for Jazz Area Scholarships is given for students enrolled full time as a jazz performance or jazz composition music major. UNLV holds scholarship auditions every spring. If you are a new student interested in auditioning for jazz scholarship awards, prepare audition material according to the suggested repertoire lists below in the Jazz Audition Requirements relevant to your degree program.

Jake Garehime Scholarships

The Jake Garehime Scholarship was created in 2006 to support UNLV students pursuing a Bachelor or Master of Music in Jazz Studies with a 2.75 GPA who exemplify the spirit, dedication and commitment to excellence in Jazz performance modeled by Mr. Garehime throughout his life. Jake Garehime Jr. was perhaps best known in Southern Nevada as a talented musician whose family owned a well – known Las Vegas music store. His claim to fame was his passion for playing the trumpet, which he did professionally in the 1940’s and 1950’s. In 1952 he played for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles and was respected as a jazz trumpet performer by Miles Davis and Chet Baker. He played with most of the musicians who were famous in the 1950’s. “He was like a history book,” Betty Garehime said. In the late 1950’s Garehime worked as an engineer. He worked as a Nevada Test Site contractor for EG&G before opening his own machine shop, Garehime Research and Development in the 1960’s.

The Joe Williams Every Day Foundation Scholarships

The Joe Williams Every Day Foundation Scholarships provide UNLV Jazz students with financial assistance for the academic year. Before he died, at the age of 80 on March 29, 1999, Joe Williams, with his wife Jillean and some of his closest friends and collaborators, created the non-profit Joe Williams Every Day Foundation. Its aim is to provide support for music and musicians, especially those in jazz, and to create career opportunities for deserving young talent. Joe performed with the bands of such jazz luminaries as Jimmie Noone, Coleman Hawkins, Andy Kirk and Lionel Hampton. He first came to broad public attention in 1955 with his hit version of Memphis Slim’s Every Day I Have The Blues, recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra. That famous LP (now CD) entitled Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings established Joe as a major performer and put the Basie band firmly back in the public eye ( and ear) after a period of postwar retrenchment. Joe remained the Basie Orchestra’s star singer until 1961, when he left to go out on his own. As a solo artist, Joe performed in concert and on recordings with such stars as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, George Shearing, Nancy Wilson, Marlena Shaw, Mel Torme, and with celebrated blues shouters Jimmy Rushing and big Joe Turner. In 1983, a pavement star was laid for him in Hollywood’s Walk Of The Stars next to that of Count Basie. Student scholars are listed * in the concert programs.