Ted Heath

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Blues for moderns

    BIG BAND INSTRUMENTAL.Recorded by Don Lusher with the Ted Heath Band. This superb slow blues trombone feature has been tr. by Jerry Sheppard. Top note for trombone solo: G above middle C. The steadily building full band backing is well within the ability of the developing school band. Alternative B flat treble clef solo part included, suitable for trumpet or tenor sax. Key G. SPECIAL NOTE: The sample MP3 is a live recording of our actual published chart. Learn More
  • Darktown Strutters Ball

    This version is a transcription of the Ken Moule chart which was written for the Ted Heath Orchestra as part of their Decca recording sessions. It is two minutes of pure joy, featuring some great tutti passages, & a Dixieland chorus too. The Dixie trio is ad-lib, & is written for your 1st Trumpet, 1st Trombone & Clarinet. The Clarinet also features with a solo following the Dixie passage. The Sax section has a slightly unusual make-up being written for Clarinet, Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Baritone, though we have also included an extra Tenor part (a transposition of the Alto part) to give you more flexibility. Learn More
  • Heading North

    A rare & unusual song from the Ted Heath book, Heading North is a 1957 composition & is a medium tempo (at 130 bpm) minor blues chart. It kicks off with a solo piano 12 bar lick (written), joined after by unison bones with sax answerbacks. Saxes then take the  soli, answered by the trombones leading to a 24 bar muted trumpet solo (chord based - scored on all 4 trumpet parts) with sax & bone backing figures. Piano comes back in & the chart finishes off with a big tutti shout chorus.  No sax doubles. Learn More
  • Hot Toddy

    The chart opens with a rumbling Bari line backed by hand claps from the band. The Trombone section takes the first soli, the Saxes join for the second, backed by the Trumpets who then give a run-up to the muted Trumpet solo. The chart builds with glissing Trombones against unison Saxes. A real crowd pleaser. Duration: 2'40" Learn More
  • Intermission Riff

    This is the Ted Heath Version of the Ray Wetzel tune. Learn More
  • Ja-Da

    Bob Carleton penned a little 16 bar tune in 1918, whilst still a club pianist in Illinois. The tune was briefly famous, then spent 35 years in obscurity until Sonny Rollins 're-invented it' using the Ja-Da chords for his composition 'Doxy' in 1954, & the jazz world took to it. In 1958 Ted Heath's orchestra recorded the arrangement of Ja-Da that we offer here, transcribed from the original Ken Moule chart. The rhythm parts are all chord based, the improvised solo is written on Tenor 1 & there are no sax doubles. Learn More
  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    The Lincolnshire Poacher is a traditional English song, given the full swing treatment by the Ted Heath band. This chart is up, bouncy & always a crowd pleaser. The chart itself is very straight ahead, though the lead Trombone does go up to a high C briefly. There is a solo spot for Tenor sax (chords also cued on the Tenor 2 part) & there are no sax doubles. Learn More
  • Lullaby of Birdland

    Lullaby of Birdland was written by the great English born pianist George Shearing, & this chart has been transcribed from the Ted Heath book by Mogens Hobel. The original Reg Owen arrangement was one of Heath's most requested tunes, & as well as containing some lovely ensemble writing it gives solo opportunities to your Pianist & lead Tenor. The chart is typical of many of Heath;s numbers - a mix of subtlety & raw power, light & shade. An excellent tune for dancing or for concern work. Both Altos double Clarinet, & Trumpets 1 & 2 reach a brief high D. Learn More
  • Manhattan Spiritual

    The arrangement starts & ends with a chorale-style fanfare, & swings like crazy in between. Plenty of hand claps from all sections of the band add to the rousing nature. We have scored this chart for a regular Big Band & a Timpanist, though the Timp notes are cued onto the Piano & Drum parts & the chart works equally well without the kettles. The last few bars are a bit of a scream for the Trumpets (with lead up to high F & second to high D) but the section can be taken down the octave if needs be. Both Altos double Clarinets. Learn More
  • Memories of You

    Once in a while there comes along a chart which just makes you want to listen & weep with joy. This Ted Heath version of Memories of You is one of them. A fabulous feature for two Trumpets, the arrangement is full of lush backings & builds from a relatively quiet opening, through two key changes to a flat out finale which soars ever higher & higher. We have rated this chart as advanced because of the demands on the Trumpet soloists. The 2nd is written to high F, & the 1st to high G. Lead Alto doubles Clarinet & there are no other sax doubles. Learn More
  • My Blue Heaven

    A great swinging chart from the Ted Heath Orchestra. It opens with unison Trumpets carrying the melody call, with a band response phrase from Don't Get Around Much Anymore. The reeds take the middle 8 & the chart moves into a solo spot for lead Tenor for  first half of the second chorus. Unison Trumpets take the second middle 8, with an 8 measure Piano solo leading into the tutti shout chorus. There's a solo spot for Trumpet 2 , before the chart climaxes with a bang and then a sudden change of dynamic in last 2 measures to bring matters to a close. All of the solos are written out. Learn More
  • Ol' Man River

    Heath recorded two slightly different versions of the chart, the only difference being that the 'Palladium Revisited' chart kicks off in G before modulating to Bb then Ab, whilst the 'Kern for Moderns' version starts in Bb. We prefer this Palladium version & offer it for you here. This is a fast, tough chart, particularly for the brass. Lead Trumpet (Bobby Pratt) hits high G, & 2nd Trumpet (Bert Courtley) high F. Trombones 3 & 4 need to reach high Bb, with 1 & 2 reaching C.  The trumpet solo is improvised, & written on the 2nd part. The Piano, Bass & Guitar parts are from chords.There are no sax doubles. Learn More
  • Stardust

    Stardust is one of the great Hoagy Carmichael tunes, & deserves a place in the library of every band. Bob Martin has done a truly excellent job of transcription & modification of this Ted Heath version, which is a two-trumpet feature from start to finish. The key change in the middle of the piece has been brought down a fourth from the original, so bringing it into range of most players. Bob described this as a process of 'mortalisation' so that us mortals can play it!! A rich, big, big chart. Learn More
  • Swingin' Shepherd Blues

    This version of Swingin' Shepherd Blues is transcribed from that played by the late, great Ted Heath. Unusually for a swing chart the tempo is pretty slow, but very effective nonetheless. This chart is a real contrast of dynamics, because it alternates from one or two reeds plus rhythm, to tutti fortissimo & back again. This arrangement makes a great concert piece and is equally suitable for strict tempo dancing. Lead Alto is on Soprano Sax throughout, & 2nd Alto is on Clarinet throughout. 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

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