Mel Powell

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  • Clarinade

    Mel Powell wrote this piece for Benny Goodman. The chart is full of rich, flowing texture and has a superb harmonic structure, yet is still a thumping swing number. Aside from an 8 measure Piano solo the chart is an out and out Clarinet feature. However, it is not easy. Your Clarinet player will need to be very nimble figured to get it right, as playing in the keys of E and F# at 240 beats a minute is quite a challenge,and the band will need to be tight and have good intonation too. The arrangement is scored for 8 Brass and 5 reeds - Clarinet, Alto, 2 Tenors and Baritone. Tenor 1 doubles Clarinet.  Duration 2'40". Learn More
  • Cow Cow Boogie

    Ella Mae Morse Big Band Girl Vocal Chart. This arrangement relies on a rock steady left hand from the Pianist, to play the boogie-woogie style riffs that rumble on throughout the number and give it its distinctive groove. We have also written out the original Trombone and Trumpet solos which fit so well with the chart.  There are no sax doubles. Learn More
  • Mission to Moscow

    This song was written by Mel Powell when he was pianist with the Goodman orchestra, & it was a hit in 1942. Glenn Miller whilst in charge of the US Army Air Force Training Command Band, used it as a vehicle for showing the Clarinet skills of Peanuts Hucko. It also fitted well into a series of numbers that were 'patriotic' & supported the war effort. Tunes such as Keep 'Em Flying, Tail End Charlie & Jeep Jockey Jump. This is a great punch swing chart, & you will need a good clarinet player to do it justice. Lead Alto doubles Clarinet, Baritone doubles Alto. Learn More

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