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  • AIR MAIL SPECIAL

    Air Mail Special was originally titled Good Enough To Keep, which was recording session-speak for "This may not be the performance that we want to release to the public, but let"s hold on to it just in case." Many of these alternate performances were eventually released to the public, in many cases to the consternation of the musicians themselves, who didn't enjoy some of their lesser efforts being heard. Of course, some alternate performances are better than the ones that were released, only held back because of a single mistake. It was Mundy who arranged this for the Goodman band, and he is even cut in on composer credit. This arrangement, like all of Goodman's arrangements, was meant to be danced to, so it really should not be played too fast. Learn More
  • All the Cats Join In

    Benny Goodman recorded this chart as an instrumental feature, to which a vocal overlay was added before it became part of the soundtrack for Disney's 1946 Make Mine Music cartoon cinema release. It's a hot swing chart that features Clarinet, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet and Tenor, and it works equally well as a concert or swing dance chart. Aside from the Piano solos, all the others are written out in full "as played" by the BG orchestra. We have cross cued the Piano solo chords onto the Clarinet part, should you wish to make this number an extended Clarinet feature. The reeds are scored CAATT and we have augmented the brass up to 8 voices. Learn More
  • Amapola

    This is the Benny Goodman version of Amapola, with Helen Forest taking the vocal. A delightful tune, well delivered, & of course with a Clarinet solo from the great man himself. This chart is as per the original version, & we have scored the Saxes AATT plus a Clarinet Solo part. The trick with this chart is not to play it too fast. It just chugs along & swings all the way.  Learn More
  • And The Angels Sing

    Another classic adapted from the Benny Goodman arrangement. In the original arrangement the vocal chorus led to a typical Goodman 'Yiddish' trumpet chorus. In our arrangement this is replaced by a more conventional trumpet solo chorus & 'middle 8', with the vocal returning to close the chorus. The ending is as per the original, with a trumpet solo feature leading the band to a rousing finale. Learn More
  • Big John's Special

    Big John's Special is a romping swing chart from the early years of the Benny Goodman Orchestra, when much of his success came courtesy of Fletcher Henderson's arrangements. We have expanded the chart up to 8 brass, & because the chart is not a Clarinet feature - it only has an 8 measure solo - we have scored the Saxes for a regular AATTB section, with Alto 2 doubling the Clarinet solo. We have also written out the Trumpet solos & the Piano solo in "stride" style. This tune makes an excellent choice for the swing dance crowd, & it is heaps of fun to play. Learn More
  • Bolero

    This arrangement of Ravel's Bolero is somewhat quirky, yet is an interesting swing take on a classical tune. Goodman recorded this chart in 1939 with a band that contained a 6-piece brass section, and we have augmented it to a full 8-piece section. Aside from the solo Clarinet lines, the chart has no other instrument solos. Reeds are scored CAATT, with all saxes required to double on Clarinet. The Goodman solos are written out in full, as played by BG. Learn More
  • Bugle Call Rag

    This arrangement of Bugle Call Rag, originally scored for the band by Jimmy Mundy, was one of the charts that helped launch the Benny Goodman Orchestra into the swing era that fateful August day at the Palomar Ballroom in 1935.  This is a transcription of the 1936 studio recording, but adapted up to 8 brass whilst maintaining the feel and flair of the original chart. All of the solos are written out in full - Clarinet, Trombone, Tenor & Trumpet - plus Gene Krupa's little drum licks behind the solo breaks too. The reeds are scored for CAATT, and both Altos double on Clarinet. This is a fast challenging chart, and highly rewarding to play. Duration 3'00". Learn More
  • Careless Love

    This version of Careless Love was recorded in 1959 by members of the Benny Goodman Orchestra. The chart is very much in the Goodman style and features solo spots by Clarinet (on Alto 1), Tenor and Piano. The Clarinet and Tenor solos are written out in full, though your players can improvise from the chords if preferred. The Piano solo is ad-lib, but we have written out the final 2 measure modulation phrase which leads into the final shout chorus. Although not a hard chart to play, the brass gets quite high in the shout chorus, with lead Trumpet to high Eb and lead Trombone to Bb. Hence we have graded it at the Medium Advanced level. The reeds are scored AATTB with Alto 1 taking the Clarinet solo lines. Learn More
  • Chicago

    Here is Benny Goodman's 1947 hard swinging version of Fred Fisher's enduring classic. (Please don't confuse it with the earlier, and more predictable, 1934 Henderson chart). This later version, whilst still very Goodman in style, has more clearly defined sectional work, is less reliant on background riffs to maintain the pulse, and gives more solo space to your players. It features solos for Piano, Clarinet, Alto, Trumpet and your Trombone section. Whilst the brass is scored for 8 voices, the chart is playable if you only have 3 Trombones in the band. Saxes are written for AATTB, with the Clarinet solos on Alto1. The Trumpet solo is written on the second part and cued on 1,3 & 4 too. Learn More
  • Christopher Columbus

    A landmark chart from the Benny Goodman Orchestra. Goodman used many of Fletcher Henderson's arrangements for his band, but in the case of Christopher Columbus he played his own version, probably because the tune was Henderson's theme. We have adapted the Goodman original to suit an 8 brass line-up, & have transcribed all of the original solos (Clarinet, Trombone & Trumpet), though your players can improvise on the chords if they wish. The saxes are scored for Clarinet, 2 Altos & 2 Tenors. Learn More
  • 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
  • Clarinet a la King

    A fab. chart from the Goodman band written by Eddie Sauter. The chart is harmonically very innovative, & shows glimpses of the sort of writing that Eddie Sauter produced later on in collaboration with Bill Finegan. The Clarinet & Piano solos are written out in full & all dynamics & articulations have been included on all the parts, because of this is one chart that simply won't work if played at the same volume throughout! We have augmented the Brass to 4+4 & the reeds are scored C/A/T/T/B. There are a couple of quick sax doubles - Baritone on Alto & 2nd Alto on Clarinet. Learn More
  • Estrellita

    Some of Benny Goodmans finest works remain in relative obscurity.  Estrellita can be counted in this category, yet it is an absolutely beautiful piece, with a flowing melody that once heard makes you want to hum it for hours. Learn More
  • Goodbye

    Goodbye was Benny Goodman's closing theme. A slow, hauntingly beautiful composition from Gordon Jenkins, rich in musical colour and tonality and a fine testament to Benny. We have faithfully reproduced the original here, though have expanded the brass to a full 4/4 section to suit a standard big band line-up. The chart features Clarinet and 2nd Trumpet, with some cameo spots for Baritone & Guitar and plenty of flowing Piano runs. The reeds are scored for Clarinet, Alto, 2 Tenors and Baritone. Not a difficult chart to play, but plenty of dynamic discipline is required to make it sound right. Learn More
  • Jam Session

    An up tempo swing chart with solo space for Tenor, Clarinet & Trumpet. The arrangement starts in two beat style for the first chorus, & then switches to four beat swing to the end of the piece. We have adapted this chart to 8 brass from the original 5, & because it is not a Clarinet feature we have scored the Saxes AAATT, with the 2nd Alto taking the Clarinet solo. All solos are fully transcribed, but chords provided for improvisation. Learn More
  • Jersey Bounce

    This is the Benny Goodman version meticulously transcribed by Alan Glasscock. Mel Powell's harmonics & phrasing in the Piano solo (fully written out, including the super fast runs) was really ahead of its time. The other three solo spots are all here too, written for Tenor 1, Trombone 2 & of course Solo Clarinet. In this recorded version Goodman had the luxury of a complete sax section of AATTB, plus himself. Therefore our chart offers the same. We recognise that not many bands have six saxes, but rest assured that the chart works equally well played with CAATT. The trick with this chart is not to play it too fast. Learn More
  • King Porter Stomp

    Here is the rousing King Porter Stomp - the Fletcher Henderson arrangemnt for the Benny Goodman Orchestra  featuring solos for Trumpet, Trombone & Clarinet. We have written out all of the original solos, including Benny's extended Clarinet solo, though the chords are included should your players wish to improvise. This chart is written for Clarinet, 2 Altos, 2 Tenors & we have augmented it up to 8 brass, from the original 5. Learn More
  • Kingdom of Swing

    Written by Benny Goodman himself, the Kingdom of Swing is an up-tempo riff chart that features great sectional alternation to keep what is a fairly simple melodic idea pulsing and building in intensity throughout the chart. Aside from Clarinet and Piano solos this chart is sectional work all the way. Goodman's solo is written out in full, the Piano solo is improvised from the chords and we have cued these chords onto the Clarinet part too, in case you wish to feature your Clarinet player more. The chart is scored for a full 5444 big band line-up and the reeds are scored CAATT, with no sax doubles. Learn More
  • Let's Dance

    Benny Goodman"s famous opening number has been faithfully re-created for you here and comes complete with the original Clarinet and Alto solos fully written out. Transcribed from his 1939 session, we have modified the original to lift the brass to 8 voices (from the original 6 used in the studio recording). The saxes are scored for 2 Altos, 2 Tenors and the Clarinet soloist. Let"s Dance makes a great concert piece, but is even better when used to open a set or a dance. Enjoy!! Learn More
  • Life Goes to a Party

    Co-written by Benny Goodman & Harry James, Life Goes to a Party is a pulsating, energetic and quick minor swing chart. The Goodman band recorded this tune on several occasions, the first in 1937, then again in 1938. We have transcribed from the "37 chart, and have made a couple of small modifications. The brass has been augmented to 8 voices and the tempo indication has been slowed to 240 from 280 to match the tempo of the "38 chart. The solos are written out in full (Clarinet, Trumpet, Tenor and Piano) and the Saxes are scored for CAATT. This chart is a gem. Learn More

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