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Jazz Ensemble

The Banana Boat Song

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arr. Lopez, Victor
Straight 8th
00-47511
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Alfred Music
2:48

The familiar Jamaican folk song in a Calypso groove is very accessible for young bands. No individual solos and easy trumpet 1 range to written D fourth line. Reduced instrumentation and flexible options include two flutes, two clarinets, auxiliary percussion and vibes.

Blue Avenue

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Neeck, Larry
Swing
032-4751-00
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C. L. Barnhouse
2:19

“Blue Avenue” from the Barnhouse ““Jazz Starters” series, is an easy and fun medium tempo swing piece checks all the boxes – solid groove, tasty riffs, a catchy melody and solid ensemble writing, a great introduction to the swing style. The two-measure solo section, (suggested solo riffs included), will encourage your young improvisers to give it a try. Easy to put together and perform “Blue Avenue” will have your jazzers swinging in no time.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

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Mercury/Stitzel
Pop, Medium Swing
07013326
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Hal Leonard
2:22

Recorded by Queen, this classic hit features a medium tempo shuffle style and an infectious upbeat feel. The melody is traded around the band and the saxes take the lead in the stop-time clapping section. A fun chart even if you have limited rehearsal time, and no solos are required.

Mamacita

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arr. White, Terry
Latin
00-47506
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Alfred Music
2:53

A medium tempo Latin with a bit of swing feel, played around 150 BPM. The opening statement is played by tenor 1 and trumpet 1 with written-out suggested solos for each. Trumpet 1 range is to written F on the top line. All the usual optional parts plus vibes and clarinet.

New Cool Spot

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Sorenson, Dean
Swing
ZB468
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Neil A. Kjos Publications
2:33

FLEX JAZZ SERIES - This chart is the very essence of cool jazz. Everyone will want to play a solo on this one. The minor mode and moderate tempo makes the solo section approachable for all. The FlexJazz series features very easy arrangements with completely flexible instrumentation. Written solos are included for all instruments, and only four players are needed in addition to the rhythm section

Use Your Inside Voice

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Clark, Paul
Ballad
032-4717-00
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C. L. Barnhouse
3:26

“Use Your Inside Voice” is a beautiful ballad for the youngest jazz ensemble! Perfect for introducing soft legato playing at a slow tempo. The numerous short written solos are all cued in other parts, giving you the choice of soloist or the option of combining instruments as a soli. Your band will sound great on this!

Grade 2

Jazz Ensemble

Apocalypse

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Barton, Larry
Straight 8th
032-4748-00
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C. L. Barnhouse
2:59

Apocalypse is a hard-hitting, up-tempo rock tune with the feel of a cataclysmic event, and when combined with the composer’s signa- ture driving rock feel, makes for a winning combination!

Birk's Works

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Gillespie/Stitzel
Swing
07013402
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Hal Leonard
2:39

This easy swing tune is a great way to introduce the music of Dizzy Gillespie to your young players. Trumpets take the first chorus, followed by the saxes on the second. Skillful scoring for young players is evident throughout complete with some nice dynamic nuances. The short solo section can be played by a trumpet soloist or the entire section.

School's Out Strut

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Blumenau, Rod
Second Line Groove
ZB473
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Neil A. Kjos Publications
3:31

FIRST PLACE FOR JAZZ SERIES - New Orleans here we come! The second line groove in this chart will have everyone looking forward to summer vacation! All First Place for Jazz selections feature moderate ranges, notated rhythm section parts, and open solo sections.

Grade 2.5

Jazz Ensemble

Blame it on the Blues

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Beach, Doug
Medium Swing
KEN42032
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Kendor Music
2:47

Here is the perfect vehicle for students to learn the essentials of swing rhythms and phrasing. The blues harmonies create a foundation that players will feel comfortable with in both ensemble sections and solo spots (written or ad lib). This medium easy chart will make a great opener or closer on your next program.

Bye Bye Blackbird

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arr Sigler, Rich
Swing
00-47514
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Alfred Music
3:42

This swing chart is a great vehicle for your tenor sax soloist. The solo part ranges from written melody to a written-out suggested solo, all very doable, especially when the tenor sax trades fours with the ensemble. Lead trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff. Includes optional clarinet and vibes parts too!

Don't Let These Blues Fool You

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Vuono Jr, Rob
Swing
032-4789-00
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C. L. Barnhouse
3:49

This playful medium-tempo swinger features a smooth, self-assured melody that glides along an altered blues progression. Trumpet and alto sax carry the melody at first before passing it off to the brass sections.

Grade 3

Jazz Ensemble

Jazzin Merry Christmas

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Neeck, Larry
Holiday, Medium Swing
032-4750-00
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C. L. Barnhouse
3:27

Jazzin’ Merry Gentlemen presents a powerful, full-ensemble intro which sets the table for the soli trombone statement of the tune, which is punctuated by colorful brass riffs, and unison sax lines. Next, a catchy low tom drum riff builds to the solo, where changes are modest, with suggested solos included. A hard-hitting restatement of the theme then builds to a powerful conclusion.

Road Song

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arr. Taylor, Mark
New Orleans Street Beat
07013312
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Hal Leonard
3:42

Composed by jazz legend Wes Montgomery, here is a moderate Latin treatment of this popular standard that features a tuneful melody over great changes. A “call and response” style is used throughout, first with smaller group scoring and later the entire ensemble. Solos are included for trumpet and tenor sax.

Think

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arr. Murtha, Paul
Pop
07013290
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Hal Leonard
3:37

In the movie The Blues Brothers, Aretha Franklin steals the show with her classic performance of this soulful rocker. In this hot chart for jazz band, trombones are featured in the beginning and later the entire ensemble. The solo section is flexible, however written samples are provided for alto sax, trumpet and trombone.

Turning Point

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Beach, Doug
Ballad, Straight 8th
KEN42915
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Kendor
3:55

Looking for an exciting opener that breaks away from the 12-bar blues format? This medium level swing chart has everything you need! The strong introduction leads right into the exciting minor based melody. Plenty of exciting ensemble work, an open solo section (written or ad lib) and a sax soli round out the package.

What a Wonderful World

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arr. Baylock, Alan
Swing, 12 Bar Blues
00-47517
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Alfred Music
3:22

Everyone knows this song! A 12/8 groove played at 72 BPM makes this chart feel lazy and relaxed. Lead trumpet range is to A above the staff. No solos, just sweet ensemble all the way.

Grade 3.5

Jazz Ensemble

A Big Cuppa Joe

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Murtha, Paul
Ballad, Straight 8th
07013380
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Hal Leonard
4:21

Featuring a charming swing style and a catchy riff-based melody, this well-crafted chart spins its way through every section of the band. In the solo section, written samples are provided for tenor, trumpet, and trombone, however with the easy changes and open format, anyone in the band can take a solo. This one is highly caffeinated and a lot of fun!

Grade 4

Jazz Ensemble

Africa

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arr. Wasson, John
Pop
07013308
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Hal Leonard
3:47

Originally a #1 hit for Toto in the early '80s, and recorded again recently by the group Weezer, this powerful rock anthem features a distinctive groove and memorable lines. John Wasson has given it a contemporary spin while maintaining the feel and drive of the original.

Big Mouth

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Jarvis, Jeff
3/4 Jazz Waltz
KEN61050
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Kendor Music
5:01

This chart has all the characteristics that make Jeff Jarvis’ funk charts so popular with jazz bands everywhere. Written in the style of Tower of Power, frequent articulations are provided for the horns and the rhythm parts. Everyone has interesting and challenging parts to play throughout, and the solo changes are very accessible.

From A to Z

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Berg, Kris
3/4 Jazz Waltz
KEN61220
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Kendor
6:52

This chart for advancing groups tips its hat to the likes of Tito Puente and Poncho Sanchez. Commissioned for the Arizona All-State Jazz Band, this funky cha-cha over modal changes provides solo opportunities for anyone in the band (written or ad lib). This catchy tune is sure to get your audience up and dancing! A guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson is included in each set as well as an optional vibes part.