Instrumental Feature

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  • EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE

    This arrangement by Oliver Nelson was recorded by the Jazz Interactions Orchestra in 1967, an ensemble led by pianist Billy Taylor. Set in a modal 9/8 groove (with two measures of 4/8 thrown in) this chart features a lengthy alto saxophone solo (played by Phil Woods on the recording) with nice backgrounds. Also featured is vibraphone. Oliver wrote this arrangement (and the others from this recording session) for two bass players (played by Ron Carter and George Duvivier). Throughout this particular arrangement one bass player is arco and the other is pizz. There are no instrument doubles. Learn More
  • Evening Star

    Benny Carter originally wrote this melody in 1960 for inclusion on his Further Definitions album (it was originally titled Blue Star). In 1992 he took the tune and created this big band arrangement as an alto sax feature. This is a fairly straight-forward arrangement that would be perfect for a less-experienced band to feature a guest soloist. There are no saxophone doubles. Learn More
  • Flamingo

    SWING BAND INSTRUMENTAL. This is one our specially written charts for student/amateur swing bands. In addition to the usual 8 Brass and 5 Saxes we have included optional Flutes, Clarinets and Horn in F. Very safe Brass ranges are adopted throughout. This great alto feature is based on the original hard driving Earl Bostic recording, with the fully written out solo part kept within a comfortable range suitable for a reasonably competent student/amateur player.  There are plenty of ensemble fills and backings, as well as an 8 bar full band section. Learn More
  • Flying Home

    Written by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton, this tune was a mainstay of the Goodman Sextet, featuring Charlie Christian. The version that we offer you here is transcribed from the Ted Heath album "Swing is King", recorded in 1968, and it swings really hard and fast from start to finish. Because of the tempo, the unison sax lines and the high range of the Trumpet solo we have graded the chart at the advanced level. The Trumpet solo is written on the fiirst part but cued on 2, 3 and 4. The same is true for the short 4 measure Trombone solo in the middle of the first chorus. The Piano solo in the intro is written out in full. Alto 1 is written on Soprano for the first chorus, though is equally effective played on Clarinet. Aside from this there are no other sax doubles. This chart is classic Ted Heath. Learn More
  • Frankie & Johnnie

    Frankie and Johnnie is a lovely solo feature for Clarinet, Tenor & Trumpet.  This particular version is as played by members of the Goodman orchestra an it bounces from start to finish. Learn More
  • Fred's Delight

    In 1949 Artie Shaw hired Tadd Dameron to write a few arrangements for his band. Dameron composed and arranged So Easy, Lyonia (unrecorded), and this arrangement of Fred's Delight. Shaw recorded this once in 1950. Set in a medium swing tempo, this chart features clarinet in a bop-style melody. There is also a guitar solo and short written trumpet solo. There are no saxophone doubles. Learn More
  • Good Earth, The

    Written by Neal Hefti for the Woody Herman Orchestra, this is a blistering swing chart. This transcription is taken from the 1963 Basin Street West studio session in Hollywood and adapted for the usual 4 trumpets and 4 trombones. The reeds stay "as recorded", though we have included an extra Alto part which can be substituted for the 2nd Tenor part, making the section CTATB. Herman's solo is written out, but the Tenor solo is improvised. This is quite a challenging chart to play and it needs energy and good musicianship to do it justice. However, it is really rewarding for band and audiences alike. Learn More
  • Have I told you lately

    BIG BAND. One of the finest modern ballads re-created here as an alto sax feature, plus lyrics for optional girl vocal (keys C/ Eb). Includes the extended classical style intro. from the Van Morrison album "Avalon Sunset". Fully scored for big band, plus two optional French horns and flutes. Trombones cued onto treble clef instruments. NOTE: The sample MP3 is a live recording of our actual published chart. Learn More
  • Hold on my heart

    Phil Collins Big Band Instrumental Chart. A superb flugel horn feature of this lyrical ballad, with full band backing, including 4 saxes doubling on clarinets plus 1 tenor sax. The original Genesis music can be  heard on the album "Genesis Live - The Way We Walk". From the album "A Hot Night in Paris".   NOTE: The sample MP3 is a live recording of our actual published chart. Learn More
  • I'm Coming Virginia

    Here is Benny Carter's great sax ensemble arrangement as recorded in 1938 with Django Reinhardt on guitar. This arrangement features 2 altos, 2 tenors, guitar, piano, bass, and drums. An open solo section is included so that you may feature any number of soloists. This is a difficult but absolutely superb arrangement. Learn More
  • I'm in the mood for love

    Jools Holland Big Band Vocal. Get your band into that Jazz Jamaica Groove with this Jamiroquai / Jools Holland Ska Version from "Small World Big Band" (Includes optional alternative trombone solo part). Key C. Down a Minor 3rd and simplified to suit Amateur/Student bands. NOTE: The sample MP3 is a live recording of our actual published chart. Learn More
  • I've Heard That Song Before

    Transcribed from the Harry James recording by Cy Payne Learn More
  • Il Silenzio

    JAZZ BAND. A great trumpet feature chart. This was a number one hit around the world. Learn More
  • In The Air Tonight

    Phil Collins Big Band Chart, Music4Schools. This is the same version as Cat 3013 but scored for 2 Flutes, 2 Bb Clarinets, 3 Alto Saxes, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, 4 Trumpets, Optional Trombone and 4 rhythm. NOTE: The sample MP3 is a live recording of our actual published chart. Learn More
  • In the air tonight

    Phil Collins Big Band Instrumental Chart. Surely the ultimate slow rock ballad alto sax feature number – starting dreamily with synth. and woodwind (cued on saxes if doubling not available) with bass guitar then setting the groove allowing the whole band to gradually build behind the soloist. Optional high/low parts mean that it can be played with lead trumpet no higher than B. NOTE: The sample MP3 is a live recording of our actual published chart. Learn More
  • Isotope

    All of these arrangements feature lengthy solos for a tenor saxophone soloist. Included are open solo sections so that any number of soloists may be featured. In addition, while there was no guitarist used during the recording sessions, we have included a guitar part as Joe had done in his arrangements. These arrangements will require significant time to work them up, but they would be a amazing for any competition or festival! Learn More
  • It Had Better Be Tonight

    Michael Buble Big Band Chart. A complete instrumental version of the brilliant number by Henry Mancini and recently recorded by Michael Buble. Instead of the vocal we have provided a Tenor Sax solo line,giving your lead tenor the chance to shine. Cy Payne has done a great job in transcribing this bright Latin number from the original album. Separate synth. strings part included. Learn More
  • Jingle Bells

    On a warm, July day in 1961 Ernie Wilkins came to Count Basie gig at Birdland with a newly completed manuscript in his hand. Despite the fact that it was the middle of summer the band played it. This chart has been transcribed from the live recording. Basie starts off with a 64-bar solo based on an 8-bar chord progression. In the studio version there are only 16 bars upfront. Basie's piano intro from the studio recording has been written out as it serves the chart well. Chord changes for the tenor sax solo have been included rather than writing out the solo. There are no sax doubles. Learn More
  • Jumpin' at the Woodside

    This Count Basie version is fast, furious and it's fun. We have written the original solo's "as played", though your players could improvise from the chords.  This chart is a great opportunity for your players to showcase their talents Learn More
  • Just Plain Talkin'

    Tadd Dameron wrote this arrangement for Benny Goodman in 1962 for his tour of Russia (it wasn't recorded). He based it on the arrangement that he had recently written for his Magic Touch record. This arrangement is very close to the one from the Magic Touch album. The main difference is that for this arrangement he added a clarinet part (a solo part for Goodman), left out the flute double on alto 1, and wrote a shout chorus. The clarinet part for Goodman was just a solo section. We have taken out this part and given the solo to tenor 1. So, this may be played by a standard big band of 5/4/3/4. We have also included an open solo section. The sound sample has been provided courtesy of the Manhattan School of Music's Concert Jazz Band, conducted by Justin DiCioccio. Learn More

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