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  • Zing Went The Strings of My Heart

    Recorded by Frank Sinatra in December 1960 for the Ring-a-Ding album, but remained unreleased until 1990 when the master tapes of the original recording were rediscovered.  This chart is a Sinatra gem, and even includes the rarely-heard opening verse. Beautifully transcribed and adapted by Jon Harpin from the original Johhny Mandel arrangement, to incorporate the strings back into a regular big band line-up.  This chart is unique and deserves a place in everyone library.  Lead Alto doubles Clarinet briefly.  Duration:  2.50. Learn More
  • You're Driving Me Crazy

    Here is the quirky Billy May version from 1950, full of humourous musical invention. The arrangement seems to be  moving at a nice steady 2-in-the-bar pace, when all of a sudden something completely different crops up, blasts away for a bar or two, and then normality is restored. If you want an arrangement for a special occasion this is it. There are no sax doubles. Learn More
  • You'll Never Know

    You'll Never Know is an enchanting Female vocal ballad, scored by US arranger Dick Burlant. Written with stunning simplicity the vocalist is perfectly complimented by the band backing which is never overdone. Although quite short, at just over 2 minutes, it is as long as it needs to be. The brass ranges are low, & the chart is just so playable. The mp3 was taken live from a rehearsal, so please forgive the sound quality. There are no Sax doubles. Learn More
  • You Made Me Love You

    This is the Harry James version of You Made Me Love You & has a Trumpet feature.  We have scored this version for a regular 5444 line-up & have removed the strings & written their lines back into the band.The sax parts are printed double sided. One side is the version calling for all saxes to double clarinets (bari on bass clari)as per the HJ original.The other side is scored for a regular AATTB section no clarinet doubles.Trumpets are scored for solo, 1,2,3. We have written 4 trombone parts to fill out the section as HJ only used 3. Learn More
  • Yes Indeed

    A fine Sy Oliver composition for the Tommy Dorsey orchestra. Yes Indeed is a 'swing spiritual' which Sy Oliver originally sang with the band. Dorsey recorded the chart a few times in a couple of Keys, F (earlier) & G (later). This is the G version. Although it is a boy/girl vocal chart we have scored it to keep it flexible. It can be sung by a single vocalist, or can be played as an instrumental, as we have written it with Trumpet 2 and/or Trombone 1 taking solos instead of the vocal lines. There are no sax doubles. Learn More
  • Woodchopper's Ball

    Here is the great Woodchoppers Ball. Co-written & first performed by Woody Herman, this chart became a mainstay in the repertoire of all Herman's bands. This version is based on Woody's, though rescored for regular sections (Saxes AATTB, 8 brass).This arrangement features solo space for Clarinet (on 1st Alto part), Tenor, Trumpet & Trombone & has that characteristic chromatic set of key changes at the end that gives the whole chart a thumping climax. A superb swing chart. Learn More
  • Why Don't You Do Right

    This version of Why Don't You Do Right was recorded in 1942 by Peggy Lee during her stay with the Benny Goodman band. We have faithfully transcribed Goodman's chart including all of the Clarinet licks & solos, but have expanded the brass from the original 6 up to 8. The sax parts are written for Solo Clarinet, Alto, 2 Tenors & Baritone though we have included an extra Alto sax part (the Tenor 1 part, written for Alto) to give  a bit more flexibility in the section. The brass ranges are very moderate, & aside from the Clarinet solo there are no surprises. Learn More
  • White Cliffs of Dover

    BIG BAND GIRL VOCAL CHART. Immortalised by Vera Lynn in the 1940's, this tune came to symbolise hope in troubled times, though it is also a lovely melody in its own right. Our arrangement is a smooth, flowing ballad in the '40's style, making full use of dynamic expression, muted & open brass, plus some Miller-voiced sax passages. Slightly nostalgic perhaps, but always popular. Lead Alto doubles Clarinet, Baritone doubles Alto. Learn More
  • Whispering

    Recorded by the Benny Goodman Orchestra in the late 30's, this chart features Trombone, Trumpet, Tenor & Clarinet. The chart opens in the key of A and the Trombone carries most of the melody in the first chorus. The arrangement modulates to Db for the solo Clarinet chorus, with a ripping sax middle 8, and then lifts again to Bb for the shout chorus, featuring solos for 1st Trumpet and 1st Tenor. We have cued both solos onto the Clarinet part should you wish to make more of a Clarinet feature of the chart. All solos are written out in full and have chord cues in case your players wish to improvise their own. Learn More
  • Whirly Bird

    Another beautifully crafted piece from the Basie Band. This chart is a flat-out, driving swing chart that features Piano & Tenor. Basie's solos are written out, but we have left the Tenor solo open, for your player to improvise from the chords. Graded advanced, because of the speed of it, & because the Trumpets need to play up high (lead to a written high F). Originally written for 7 brass, we've added a 4th bone part for completeness. The Bass Trombone is on the 3rd part. There are no Sax doubles. To listen use the link below http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucs8CMBSkYg Learn More
  • Where Or When

    A favourite of Frank Sinatra from his early days with the Tommy Dorsey band. This version is a transcript of the Billy Byers chart he used on his "Live at Meadowlnds " album. Learn More
  • When You're Smiling

    This chart has been transcribed from the Nelson Riddle arrangement as performed by Frank Sinatra, and is true to the original. We have made a couple of minor adjustments to make it playable by a standard 5444 line up. Backing string lines are scored into the Trumpets (muted) & the Trombone section has been augmented to 4 voices. We have written out the muted Trumpet solo fills, & the important Drum licks and kicks. After an 8 measure intro, it's a vocal feature throughout, backed by some  cool & swinging writing for the blowers. Vocal key is Ab modulating to A halfway through. No sax doubles. Learn More
  • When the Sun Come Out

    This is the original Helen O'Connell version, from her 1957 album "Green Eyes", as recorded with the Marion Evans Orchestra. It is a richly textured & lush, bluesy ballad perfectly suited to a female alto voice. The reeds are written AATTB, with no sax doubles. Brass ranges are very playable too, with lead Trumpet up to high C & 2, 3 & 4 called to reach high Bb. Lead Trombone is written to Bb, with 2 & 3 written to A. The vocal key is G throughout the chart. Although the tempo is indicated at 65 b.p.m. the chart works well at tempos up to 80 b.p.m. Learn More
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home

    This patriotic wartime tune was originally done by Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke & Marion Hutton & the Modernaires supplying the vocals.  We have scored the chart for Male & Female vocalist with a 4-piece backing group, though the arrangement works well as a boy girl duet or as a solo vocal. The Tenor sax line  is scored back in, thereby keeping your section complete. This chart is true to the Bill Finegan original, & there are no sax doubles. Trumpets 2,3,&4 need to be able to reach high C for the unison passage before the Tenor solo in the last chorus. Learn More
  • When It's Sleepy Time Down South

    Here is our transcription of the Bobby Pratt version of Sleepy Time Down South, as performed with the Ted Heath band. Bobby was a gifted trumpeter & a great high note player.  This chart is a Trumpet feature from start to finish & will need a fine player to make it work. Pratt's solo uses the full range of the instrument.. The last 12 measures of solo part reach super A, though can be played down an octave, the results are not the same. Other than the solo the brass ranges are moderate, with lead Trumpet to top D & lead Trombone to B. Alto's 1&2 double Clarinets no other sax doubles. Learn More
  • When Buddha Smiles

    When Buddha Smiles was originally recorded by Goodman in 1935 when his band had a 5 piece brass section. We have augmented the chart up to a full 5444 line-up and have retained the original CAATT reed section. This high energy, up tempo swing chart has solos for Clarinet and Tenor (written on the 2nd Tenor part) and all the solos are written out "as played", though your players can improvise their own from the chords provided. The arrangement is classic Goodman, with some great sectional interplay and roaring ensemble passages. A fine chart for the swing dancers too. There are no sax doubles. Learn More
  • When Buddha Smiles

    Transcribed from the Jan Savitt arrangement as played by Glen Gray on the Time Life Swing Era (1939-1940 ) session, this is a roaring little up-tempo swing chart that pulses from start to finish. The Tenor, Trumpet and Rhythm solos are written out "as played", though your players can improvise their own if preferred. It's quite a quick tempo, but the chart is relatively simple, very playable and certainly very enjoyable. The chart opens in G, modulates to C for the unison Trombone soli and Tenor solo, and via a cleverly written descending brigde moves into Eb for the Trumpet solo. Another short bridge, taken by the rhythm section, moves the chart to Ab for the shout chorus. Learn More
  • What is This Thing Called Love

    This is an up-tempo swingy version of What Is This Thing Called Love, the original Shaw arrangement being attributed to Jerry Gray. The first half chorus has a 2-beat feel, moving to full swing for the sax middle eight, and staying there for the rest of the chart. We have adapted the arrangement up to full 8 brass from the original 6. The solos are for Clarinet, Trumpet and Trombone and all three are written out in full, though your players can improvise their own solos if preferred. The reeds are scored for CAATT and all 4 saxes are required to double Clarinet for an 8 measure passage. Learn More
  • What are you doing New Years' Eve

    "What are you doing New Year's Eve" is a beautiful seasonal ballad, arranged for Female vocal by Jon Harpin. This lovely arrangement of the Frank Loesser tune chart features some lush band voicings, with muted brass throughout. The 4th Trumpet is really a solo obligato part, noodling away behind the vocal where appropriate. The 1st Alto had a couple of bars of Clarinet double in the intro, but apart from that there are no other sax doubles. The brass ranges are very moderate, & the vocal would suit most Male or Female vocalists. Learn More
  • Well Get It

    Sy Oliver wrote a number of memorable charts for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. However, Well Get It is one of his finest, & yet not best known. A thumping swing chart that features first & second trumpet in a great duet near the end, & also including the original (written out) solos for trombones, clarinet & tenor. If you play to a jive or jitterbug crown they will love this. Be warned though - it is a tough blow for the trumpets. The lead range is to high G & the second to high D. Second alto takes the clarinet double. Learn More

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