#1
Im hopefully going to be joining the school jazz band this year.

One thing i am unsure of though is the set up for reading.

Do jazz bands tend to use charts or standard notation for bass parts?
#2
my school used notation. didn't join because I suck with notation.
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#6
In my Jazz band, I've always been given notation.

However, in workshops I've done I've been given both chord sheets and lead sheets.

So just be ready to deal with any of them.
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#7
In big band I nearly always get notation, I've only had a few pieces (3 or 4 of many) that gave the chords and wanted something improvised. That said on nearly all of the notated parts the chords are written above, so if you don't feel confident in reading the notation you can just off the chords.

In small groups I've done in school it's always off charts, which might occasionally have a small riff or something to play notated on them, but it's pretty much up to you to play it or not.
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#8
In my experience, the band leader will tell me the structure of the song and the chords , or maybe a riff which I learn by ear, then i just improvise around that. No sheet music involved. Then again, school bands tend to encourage music reading (which is meaningless in jazz music to be honest), so you'll probably be working with a proper bass clef part with a key signature.
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#10
My school gives a chord progression, and we improvise over it.
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