Woody Herman

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  • 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
  • Golden Wedding

    What can we say about Golden Wedding, other than it is a stunning concert vehicle to show off the talents of your Clarinettist, lead Trumpet & Drummer. A classic chart from the Herman band, & in many ways is Hermans' answer to Sing Sing Sing.The music was written in 1887 by Gabriel Marie, orginally entitled "La Cinquantaine" & arranged by James Noble in 1940 & reused for the 1942 Andrews Sisters film "What's Cookin". The Clarinet part is written to reach high A, but we've added a couple of extra measures, at the end. Saxes are scored for CATTB.  Learn More
  • Good Earth, The

    Written by Neal Hefti for the Woody Herman Orchestra, this is a blistering swing chart. This transcription is taken from the 1963 Basin Street West studio session in Hollywood and adapted for the usual 4 trumpets and 4 trombones. The reeds stay "as recorded", though we have included an extra Alto part which can be substituted for the 2nd Tenor part, making the section CTATB. Herman's solo is written out, but the Tenor solo is improvised. This is quite a challenging chart to play and it needs energy and good musicianship to do it justice. However, it is really rewarding for band and audiences alike. Learn More
  • Hallelujah Time

    If you have a couple of sax players to show off, this is the vehicle. We have classified it as "Advanced" not because of the tempo or the difficulty of the notes. Both are quite straightforward once the band has the feel of the arrangement. The classification is because "hallelujah Time" depends heavily on having two good sax soloists who are comfortable at speed and who can work off each other. Learn More
  • Happiness is a Thing Called Joe

    BIG BAND GIRL VOCAL CHART. Transcribed from Ralph Burns' original chart written for Frances Wayne/Woody Herman. A lush swing ballad for female vocal. We have adapted the chart to suit a standard 5,4,4,4 line-up with a regular Sax section, though Woody's Clarinet line is taken by Alto 1 on Clarinet throughout. The 1st Trumpet is written to high G in the bridge, but this is cross-cued onto the Clarinet part if your lead can't reach this high. Learn More
  • Lady Is A Tramp, The

    A transcription of the Billy Byers chart as performed by Frank Sinatra backed by Woody Herman at Madison Square Gardens in 1974.  The opening is hinderingly brassy and establishes a great contrast to the quite start of the vocal. The first vocal chorus builds in intensity to the half-step modulation. From here the arrangement powers its way to the finish line, & swings like crazy all the way. This is classic Sinatra. Learn More
  • That's Where It Is

    A ripsnorter of a number, based on the original Woody Herman version. A brief punchy start introduces a piano solo. The sequence is repeated, & then the band's in, with Saxes taking the tune & brass backing. Solo's for tenor & trumpet, followed by a very fluid & yet punchy tutti passage, leading to a re-statement of the theme & light ending. Difficult to describe, so why not listed to a Herman recording and you'll get the idea!! Bob's Chart is written for 5 trumpets, but is equally playable with 4. Learn More
  • The Jazz Me Blues

    This is pure Woody Herman, & a great transcription by Bob Martin of the original Nat Pierce chart. The Jazz Me Blues is an old Dixieland tune of the 1920's & this arrangement lifts it into a new sphere altogether. Written in the "Four Brothers" style, it is scored for three tenors, baritone & clarinet (though we include duplicate parts for alto sax, making it playable by a standard section line-up), with solo's for clarinet, tenor & trombone. With a nice arranging twist there is even a cameo passage of Dixieland built into the final chorus, just to remind us where the tune originally came from. 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

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