Tommy Dorsey

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  • Birmingham Bounce

    Birmingham Bounce is a postwar chart from the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, featuring the singing & fiery Trumpet of Charlie Shavers. This is a very good dance chart & has a lot of nice features in the arrangement - Vocal stops, hand claps, powerful ensemble passages, a solo spot for Tenor & some screaming Trumpet licks too. As the name suggests, this chart really bounces along.  The Trumpet soloist has a written high F & the Trombones need to reach Bb. The key is Eb and would suit a high Baritone or an Alto. Learn More
  • Chicago

    A Tommy Dorsey/Sy Oliver classic, beautifully transcribed by Alan Glasscock from the 1945 Dorsey/Oliver/Sentimentalists recording. This chart features Trombone, Trumpet, Clarinet, Tenor & of course your male vocalist and backing group, although it is perfectly singable with just a solo vocal instead. We have noted the chart "as played" by the Dorsey band, the brass ranges are fairly high Trumpets 123 to at least Bb, with option to high D, & 1st Trombone to high C. Alto 2 is written to double Clarinet & takes the solos. The Tenor solo is written on Tenor 1, & trumpet solos on Trumpet 2.   Learn More
  • Contrasts

    Contrasts was Jimmy Dorsey's theme tune and, as you might expect, it is a big Alto sax feature. The title reflects the two moods of the song: the opening slow swing ballad featuring Alto, the almost double-time shift to rhythmic swing in the middle, and the revesion to the ballad theme for the close. The band backings behind the soloist are subdued, yet rich with harmonic texture, providing a perfect counterfoil to the soaring solo line. We have written the Dorsey solo out in full, though your soloist can be allowed some rhythmic freedom of expression with the chromatic and arpeggio runs. There are no sax doubles. Learn More
  • Easy Does It

    Another classic but underplayed chart from the Tommy Dorsey book.  This chart is a medium tempo bouncy swing chart with a 2-beat feel that dancers might describe as a Shag tempo. As the title suggests, it glides effortlessly along if taken at the right tempo. The chart features your lead Trombone & Tenor 1. We have cross-cued the Trombone lead onto the 3rd Trumpet part, should the range prove too high for your player, & we have transcribed fully the original Tenor solo, though he can improvise from the chords if desired. Both Altos double Clarinets. Learn More
  • Hawaiian War Chant

    A classic chart from the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Hawaiian War Chant is a punchy swinger which features Tenor, Trumpet and Drums. We have written all of the original solos out in full, though your players can improvise fromthe chords provided if they wish. The reeds are scored for AATTB, with all players doubling Clarinet and the Bari doubling Alto. We have added Alto cue notes to the Baritone part in the Clarinet doubling passages, in case your Bari player is not a Clarinet player. The brass ranges are not too demanding, with the lead Trumpet only reaching top C and the lead Trombone going to A. Learn More
  • Hucklebuck

    Expertly transcribed by Alan Glasscock from the original Bill Finegan chart for Tommy Dorsey, this catchy and bouncy tune was lifted by the writers from Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time", so will be instantly recognizable by a lot of listeners. The chart features Trumpet 2, which doubles the melody at the start and rips a screaming solo at the end (originally played by Charlie Shavers, who also took the vocal). Your Alto 2 player has a short solo passage doubling Clarinet, but don't worry if your player doesn't double, as this little solo is an embellishment, and not crucial to the chart. The vocal chorus is in Eb and aside from Alto 2 there are no other sax doubles. The tempo is laid back, and should not be rushed. A great dance chart. Learn More
  • I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

    This is the theme tune for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, & perhaps the definitive solo vehicle for Trombone, where the melody brings out the best of the instrument. This arrangement is true to the original, with the solo part written on 1st Trombone, excepting that the sax backings are not taken on full section clarinet doubles (inc. bass clarinet), but have reverted back to standard sax section voicing to avoid awkward, & nearly impossible quick changing of instruments. We have also included a solo Trumpet part that is a duplicate of the Trombone Solo,. Learn More
  • Jump Time

    Jump Time is a Sy Oliver chart written for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, & is a Trombone feature. This version was transcribed from his November 19, 1940 session live to air from the Hollywood Palladium, which was also his 35th Birthday.  After the intro Paino solo the Brass are expected to sing the invitation for the Trombone soloist to start playing. However, we have also cross-cued this unison line onto the Saxes, in case your Brass players are not in a singing mood. There are a couple of ad-lib solo spots for Trumpet 2 & Tenor 1 & Alto 1 & Tenor 2 have brief Clarinet doubles for the last chorus. Learn More
  • Loose Lid Special

    In many ways this Sy Oliver chart written for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was ahead of its time, with its floating tonality & dissonant voicings. It has an almost etheral feel to it, with huge contrasts in dynamics throughout the chart. We have written out the original solos (Trombone - Dorsey & Trumpet - Elman), & have notated the drum part in full, with all the little licks & fills needed to recreate the original. The Trombone solo is also cross cued onto the 3rd Trumpet part, should your player not be able to reach a high C. There are no sax doubles & the chart has been re-scored to take it to 8 brass. Learn More
  • March of the Toys

    March of the Toys is a rarely heard, yet exquisite chart, originally scored for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.  The original trumpet and trombone solos are written out in full. Learn More
  • Song of India

    This Dorsey classic is another great solo spot for Trombone. Based on a tune by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, the original arrangement was by Tommy Dorsey himself. A well known piece. Song of India was originally scored for just 6 brass. We have augmented the chart to a full section of 8 brass. The Trombone and Trumpet solos are written out in full, though your 2nd Trumpet player can improvise a solo from the chords given. This arrangement sounds like the original article & includes the Clarinets (Altos 1& 2) scored in the intro. All dynamics & articulations are given. Learn More
  • Sunny Side of the Street

    Our instrumental version of Sunny Side of the Street is taken from our Vocal version. The form & structure is based on the original Dorsey version, including the unique intro, where we have written out the bass 'solo' & piano fills too. The lead Trumpet range in the last bar goes to a high F, but we've cued alternative notes which keep the range here to top C#. No sax doubles, & the brass ranges are moderate. The saxes take the 'vocal' chorus, backed by Trombones & Trumpets. The SATB vocal version of this chart is also available. Learn More
  • Sunny Side Of The Street

    Made famous by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, our version of Sunny Side of the Street is taken from the version done by the late great Syd Lawrence. The form and structure is based on the original Dorsey version, including the unique intro, where we have written out the bass 'solo' and piano fills too. This chart is scored for a vocal quartet of either 2 female and 2 male voices, though works well with 1 girl and 3 boys. The lead Trumpet range in the last bar goes to a high F, but we've cued alternative notes which keep the range here to top C#. . No sax doubles, and the brass ranges are moderate. An instrumental-only version of this arrangement can be found in the Tommy Dorsey section. Learn More
  • Swanee River

    This Dorsey classic is based on a 1944 version, when the Dorsey band was at its height. The arrangement went on to be used by the later Dorsey band under the direction of Warren Covington. It is longer than earlier versions & also longer than the stock chart, with additional solo space for Trumpet & Tenor sax. The backgrounds & fill-ins are complete, as are all of the dynamics & mute / hat indications for the brass. We have included the famous Ziggy Elman trumpet solo which forms the first half of the trumpet's solo space. Learn More
  • TD's Boogie Woogie

    Tommy Dorsey first recorded a version Clarence Smith's Boogie Woogie in the late 1930's. This chart is not it. It's his much better effort which is called TD's Boogie Woogie, & is an excellent development of the original, featuring Piano. We have written out the Piano part in full, & be warned, as it's not easy. We have also written out TD's closing Trombone solo. This chart takes great sectional & ensemble discipline to make it sound right, so your players will need to be on top form. Both Altos & both Tenors double Clarinet. Learn More
  • The Minor Goes Muggin'

    Whilst the Dorsey Orchestra is most often remembered for TD's lush trombone sound, the band also produced some extraordinarily powerful swing numbers, & not many were better than this one. Written by the great Sy Oliver, this quick minor swing chart is raw, raunchy, powerful & full of surprises. It features your lead Trombone, 2nd Alto, 2nd Trumpet, 1st Tenor & Piano and we have written out all of the original solos for you. The only sax double is 2nd Alto on Clarinet for the last 2 bars of the chart. 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
  • 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
  • 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

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