Big Band Instrumental

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  • Snowfall (Thornhill)

    Snowfall was the theme tune of Claude Thornhill, and as you would expect, it is a Piano feature. We have transcribed Thornhills' chart in full, and this call for all 5 Saxes to double Clarinets for the first chorus. However, we recognise that not all bands will have 5 players who double Clarinet, so we have written alternative sax parts on the reverse pages which are written in Miller voicing, with the lead Alto on Clarinet and the Baritone on Alto. The brass ranges are easy and the chart will be playable by bands of all levels, provided you have a dexterous Pianist who can play the rapid running fills near the end of the chart. Snowfall also makes for a good Christmas chart. Learn More
  • 12th Street Rag

    BIG BAND. 12th Street Rag as you never imagined! It opens by imitating traffic along 12th Street, in a series of dissonant hoots before the band kicks in with the real intro. The chart uses a dixie band-in-band on three occasions, in a different historical jazz style - 20's, 40's and 60's. Interspersed with these are some blasting tutti passages. The whole piece goes through 5 modulations, building all the time. This is a very challenging chart in all sections. Also both Altos and Tenors double Clarinet, and the Bari doubles Alto for his solo (which can be played on Bari instead). Learn More
  • A Horse With No Name

    BIG BAND INSTRUMENTAL. This is a simple swing-feel chart with a very catchy melody and very modest ranges. A flexible solo section can be used for all players, any groupings, or an individual solo. Learn More
  • A Night in Tunisia

    Series: Easy Jazz Ensemble Series Without losing the essence of this Dizzy Gillespie masterpiece, Mike has crafted a marvelous chart for young players using safe ranges and moderate rhythms. You'll still find the trademark alternating from Latin to swing, as well as written or ad lib. solos for alto and trumpet. Enjoy great flexibility with the Easy Jazz Ensemble series! Playable with 4 saxes, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and rhythm. Learn More
  • A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

    One of the prettiest ballads ever written. Roger's carefully crafted arrangement for younger groups is lushly scored for the full ensemble. Enjoy great flexibility with the Easy Jazz Ensemble series! Playable with 4 saxes, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and rhythm. Learn More
  • A Shade Of Jade

    This arrangement features a lengthy solo 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! This has been edited and egraved directly from Joe's original scores and parts - this is not a transcription. Learn More
  • Absoludicrous

    Gordon Goodwin's "Absoludicrous" is a totally hip and fun chart played at 120 BPM. The electric piano will sound great on the funky piano introduction. Written solos are provided for alto / bari, tenor, trumpet, and trombone. The lead trumpet range is up to written high C. Auxiliary percussion, flute, and vibes part provided. A hit for any show! (6:04) Learn More
  • Act Your Age

    This hot Gordon Goodwin chart is now for the younger player. Slick and funky describes this very accessible arrangement. There are written solos for 1st alto (cued for 2nd alto) and a 1st trumpet solo cued in all four trumpet parts. Lead trumpet has a written A above the staff, but technically this chart is not difficult and will come together quickly to earn a spot in your programme. Learn More
  • After Supper

    BIG BAND INSTRUMENTAL. Another beautifully relaxed chart from the Basie Band, featured on the Atomic Mr Basie album.  It features Piano, Tenor & muted Trumpet solos & there are no sax doubles. The brass is muted throughout. Originally written for 7 brass, we have added an optional 4th Trombone part for completeness. The Bass Trombone is on the 3rd part. Listen to the original using the link below http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRvUbrq1Ag8 Learn More
  • Against All Odds (take a look at me now)

    Phil Collins Big Band Instrumental Chart. A superb alto sax feature chart of this famous slow rock ballad, starting quietly with alto and piano, and then steadily building with the backing of the whole band. From the album "A Hot Night in Paris". NOTE: The sample MP3 is a live recording of our actual published chart. Learn More
  • Ain't No Sunshine

    Originally recorded in the '70s, Bill Withers' distinctive slow rocker has become a classic. The minor mode adds to the flavor, and Rick's version for young players skillfully passes the melody from section to section. Also included is a solo for tenor sax. Learn More
  • Ain't That Right

    Elegantly transcribed by Jon Harpin from Basie's 1962 Verve album "On My Way and Shoutin' Again", this Neal Hefti chart has a real gospel feel to it, and swings like crazy from start to finish. The opening chorus is from the reeds, with Tenor 1 taking the lead line. The band closes out the melodic statement and Trumpet 2 picks up the solo work, backed by unison reeds. Being a Basie chart, it wouldn't be complete without a big shout chorus and this chart has two of them before things calm down by a re-statement of the intro and sax soli, all finished off with some excellent dynamic contrast from the band, a quick sax lick and final chords. There are no sax doubles. We would like to acknowledge Mr Paul Hefti for his kind assistance which has allowed us to bring this chart to you. Learn More
  • 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 By Myself

    BIG BAND ALTO SAX FEATURE. The Celine Dion ballad, originally recorded by Eric Carmen, in a full band instrumental version with a fully written out lyrical alto sax solo, with great phrasing, creating an ideal concert number. Learn More
  • Anthropology

    Series: Professional Editions-Jazz Ens In the skilled hands of Mark Taylor, this uptempo bebop classic becomes a showstopper! Listen for the masterful “Bird” sax soli as well as tight ensemble sounds, all at a brisk pace. If your band is ready for something they can sink their teeth into, this may be the perfect chart. Please note: this item will be printed at the time of ordering and will ship as soon as possible. Learn More
  • Apple Honey

    This version follows the form of the Woody Herman original, though the solo spaces less cluttered.  Because of the speed this chart is rated advanced. Learn More
  • April In Paris

    Here's an easy version of this big band favorite from the Count Basie Orchestra. Your audience is sure to recognize this one, and it's the perfect way to introduce young players to one of the great bands of all time. Enjoy great flexibility with the Discovery Jazz series! Playable with 3 saxes, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, piano and drums. Learn More
  • April in Paris

    Made famous by the Count Basie Orchestra, here is a great-sounding, yet playable version of this standard for developing bands. Including feature spots for every section and optional solos for trumpet and trombone, Rick does a nice job of maintaining an authentic sound even in this easy version. Enjoy great flexibility with the Easy Jazz Ensemble series! Playable with 4 saxes, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and rhythm; includes optional parts for flute, clarinet, F horn and tuba. Learn More
  • Artistry in Rhythm

    Composed and recorded by Stan Kenton in the 1940s, Artistry in Rhythm became his signature and a true classic from the big band era. Paul Murtha has skillfully adapted and truncated this chart for younger players while maintaining the flavor and energy of the original. Solo piano starts things off, followed by the iconic trombone solo in the medium Latin section. The exciting double-time swing section features the entire ensemble, then the “maestoso” theme returns to close things out. Impressive! Learn More
  • Azulito

    BIG BAND LATIN INSTRUMENTAL. Recorded by the Cuban band leader Mario Bauza and featured on the 1994 CD "Latin Jazz". Nascente NSCD008. Bring the excitement of this lively instrumental salsa to your next concert or club date. Plenty of section work, plus written out trumpet, tenor and trombone solos with riff backings and an open montuno section with a proper Cuban piano part. Top notes Bb for lead trumpet and G for trombone. The original album recording is in Bb. We have taken it down to F to keep brass ranges within an Intermediate Level. This chart will also work with 4 front line, 3 rhythm and 2 percussion Learn More

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