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GRADE 0.5

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Rumble Bee
Lopez, Victor
Straight 8th
00-47023
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Latin cha-cha groove for your young band! Easy to rehearse and perform successfully, with an auxiliary percussion part, no solos, and very easy brass ranges. Optional parts included for two clarinets, two flutes, plus vibraphone. A great value and a great addition to your library. Tempo is around 132 BPM.

Duration: 2:57

GRADE 1

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Centerpiece
arr. Story, Michael
Slow Swing
00-47024
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Alfred/Belwin
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The ideal easy swing chart on a great blues melody. Accessible with easy brass ranges; a medium swing tempo of 120 BPM; and written solos for tenor, trumpet, and alto. Well-notated rhythm section parts along with all the optional parts you need to include clarinet, flute, and vibes. This great blues tune has been recorded by all the greats!

Duration: 2:49

Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
arr. Berry, John
Medium Swing
07013108
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Hal Leonard
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This rockin' tune from the '60s boasts notable recordings by Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones, and most famously the Blues Brothers. This easy chart is skillfully scored for all sections, and requires no solos.

Duration: 2:18

GRADE 1.5

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

All I Want For Christmas Is You
Carey/Stitzel
Medium Swing
07013242
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Hal Leonard
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Mariah Carey's holiday hit remains a favorite year after year. In the hands of Rick Stitzel, this medium swing chart features easy rhythms and reduced ranges for younger players. Sure to sound great with limited rehearsal time

Duration: 2:54

GRADE 2

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Christmas Is Coming
arr. Mark Taylor
Straight Eighths
07013174
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Hal Leonard
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Originally heard in the landmark 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, the music composed and recorded by Vince Guaraldi has taken on a life of its own. Christmas Is Coming is a lighthearted, yet driving composition in the recognizable “Guaraldi” style. Great choice for the holiday season!

Duration: 2:39

Europa (Eath's Cry Heavens Smile)
Lopez, Victor
Rock Ballad
00-40345
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Alfred/Belwin
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Europa is a terrific rock ballad for your tenor sax soloist with no improvisation, and is all written and they just don't get any better than this. The features include a lead trumpet range to written D fourth line, lots of unison ensemble passages plus optional flute, clarinet, auxiliary percussion and vibes parts. A fail-safe tenor showcase that is a huge confidence builder. Our highest recommendation!

Duration: 4:36

Minor Chant
White, Terry
Med Swing
00-43673
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Alfred/Belwin
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This arrangement of a Stanley Turrentine signature tune is not difficult at all, but it sounds very sophisticated! The swingin' melody is initially handled by tenor 1 and trombone 1 and the tempo is around 140 bpm. There are written or improvised solos for alto, tenor, trumpet, and trombone, great dynamic contrasts and a nice shout chorus that begins softly and builds. This is a chart that is solid throughout and makes excellent use of the full ensemble. Optional parts are included for expanded instrumentations. Highly recommended!

Duration: 4:18

GRADE 2.5

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

It Swings Upon A Midnight Clear
Neeck, Larry arr
Jazz Waltz
032-4623-00
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C. L. Barnhouse
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This breezy, swinging arrangement of the classic carol “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” will be a hit at your holiday concert! The melodies are nicely stated over colorful unison lines and some punchy brass support. The change-of-pace middle section is established by the insistent tom-tom rhythm (a la Krupa!), while the band builds up the riffs to a powerful climax. The modest solo changes (suggested solos are included) will encourage your students to give it a try. This appealing holiday chart is perfect for that jazz moment in your holiday concert!

Duration: 3:52

What is This Thing Called Love?
Porter/Baker
Med Swing
00-47025
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Alfred/Belwin
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A swinger on a great jazz standard. Played around 160 BPM, this chart is packed with solis for all sections, especially saxes. Lead trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff. Then, add suggested written solos for trumpet and tenor and optional parts for flute, clarinet, and vibes, and you have yourself an excellent chart---simple as that.

Duration: 3:44

What's Your Hurry
Vuono Jr, Rob
Slow Swing
032-4657-00
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C. L. Barnhouse
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Time to dial back the metronome a bit with this relaxed slow swing with a dreamy disposition. This brilliant chart is the perfect showcase for the entire ensemble, and includes a brief piano introduction, velvety bucket‐muted brass, and a very pretty solo spot for your lead alto saxophone. A gradual crescendo after the alto solo leads to a four bar “shout” before returning to the volume and tone set at the beginning. Colorful textures and voicings abound, and the optional flute part will add an extra glow of color, but the chart plays just a beautifully without. A superb change of pace for concert or contest!

Duration: 3:51

GRADE 3

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Big Time
Gregory Yasinitsky
Funk
61052
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Kendor
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Big Time is a great funk chart with a hot melody that's fused with a swinging bass line and a half-time, hip hop groove. It includes a fun saxophone soli, written or ad lib solos for tenor and trumpet, and an exciting ensemble section which grows from a whisper to a roar! Don't miss the section where the drums trade off with the ensemble. Highly recommended!

Duration: 4:15

Finesse
arr. John Wasson
Funk
07013168
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Hal Leonard
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Here's another in a long line of monster pop hits from Bruno Mars! Finesse uses a funky hip-hop shuffle style along with infectious harmonies and catchy riffs. Every section gets a workout, and a short solo for trumpet is also included.

Duration: 3:02

Las Ventas
Davies, Mike
CLOV124
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Clovertone
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Pale Moon Green
Crowe, Greg
CLOV126
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Clovertone
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Running Of The Bulls
Doug Beach, George Shutack
Latin
42807
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Kendor
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Normally performed in a Latin style, Mark Taylor has created a marvelous setting of this popular standard as a medium swing shuffle! There's nothing laid back about this as the full ensemble opens up in power mode, setting up the trombones for the first chorus. Solos are featured for tenor and trumpet, then an out chorus for the ensemble and a short sax soli. A fresh approach to a trusted favorite.

Duration: 3:52

Scarborough Fair
arr. Murtha
Jazz Waltz
07013078
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Hal Leonard
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Using the traditional English folk song as a basis, Paul Murtha found a creative treatment as an uptempo jazz waltz! With a natural flowing groove, this swingin' chart opens with a trio of alto, trumpet and trombone on the main theme. There's great scoring for the entire ensemble, and solo space for the three featured players (with sample written solos).

Duration: 2:37

The Golden Striker
Lewis/Murtha
Medium Swing
07013118
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Hal Leonard
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Formed in 1952, the Modern Jazz Quartet influenced the landscape of contemporary jazz for over 40 years. With elements of classical music blended with cool jazz and blues, The Golden Strikerepitomizes their elegant brand of jazz. This hard-swinging chart features the unique counterpoint of the original, along with feature spots for the bass, saxes, and an optional open solo section.

Duration: 2:31

GRADE 3.5

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Goodbye Porkpie Hat (Mingus / arr. Baylock)
Mingus/Baylock
Swing Ballad
00-47031
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Alfred/Belwin
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The sonic landscape of this tenor ballad on a classic Mingus tune is free and soulful. The solo tenor provides an introduction, followed by the lush ensemble with a suggested written tenor solo. Lead trumpet range is to written B-flat with optional parts to include flute and vibes. This superb chart belongs in every library.

Duration: 3:16

Such Sweet Thunder (Ellington, Strayhorn / arr. Kamuf)
arr. Kamuf
Slow Swing
00-47030
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Alfred/Belwin
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This chart swings! A sensational chart that captures the collaboration of Ellington and Strayhorn, played around 130 BPM. Lead trumpet plays to written A with optional high C. Solos written out for trombone, alto, trumpet, and tenor. Great use of plunger mutes for trumpets. Excellent chart in every way!

Duration: 6:17

GRADE 4

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Blues & More
Jeff Jarvis
Swing Blues
61065
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Kendor
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As the title implies, this chart is more than just another blues chart. Blues & More is scored in a blues format, but with a bridge. Featuring a tuneful melody, this exciting and fun chart has a great groove with its medium swing shuffle style. The exciting ensemble parts are supported by rich harmonies, and all instruments have interesting parts to play. With the accessible blues progression, everyone can get into the spotlight using the E-flat, B-flat and C solo sheets that are included. A very effective horns-only section is followed by solis for each horn section. It grooves right on home to a big finale, and it's highly recommended!

Duration: 5:44

Ipanema
arr. Taylor
Slow Swing
07013120
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Hal Leonard
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Normally performed in a Latin style, Mark Taylor has created a marvelous setting of this popular standard as a medium swing shuffle! There's nothing laid back about this as the full ensemble opens up in power mode, setting up the trombones for the first chorus. Solos are featured for tenor and trumpet, then an out chorus for the ensemble and a short sax soli. A fresh approach to a trusted favorite.

Duration: 4:18

No Takers
Crowe, Greg
Jazz Waltz
CLOV125
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Clovertone
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