Young Jazz Ensemble

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  • 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
  • Black Magic Woman

    Classic Latin/Rock tune from Santana. The Trumpets and Saxes take turns on the melody and a solo for Alto Sax is included. Great sounds for younger groups. Learn More
  • Brick House

    It is absolutely impossible to find a funkier tune than this R&B hit from the '70s courtesy of The Commodores. Paul's chart has it all from the trademark bass riff to the ensemble punches and melodic hooks. Bring down the house as you groove on this one! Learn More
  • Dancing in the Street

    Recorded in 1964 by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, this moderate tempo rock hit became a signature tune of the Motown sound. John Wasson's soulful version for jazz ensemble stays true to the original feel while adding a bit of contemporary flare. Learn More
  • Despacito

    Setting records for most views on YouTube and topping the pop charts in several countries, Despacito was recorded by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi with rapper Daddy Yankee (and later remixed with Justin Bieber). With its infectious Latin pop style and catchy melody, here is a great sounding and effective version for jazz ensemble. Learn More
  • Evil Ways

    One of the all-time great grooves from the group Santana! This chart features solid ensemble writing and well-written rhythm parts. The optional open solo section is based on the two-chord vamp, making it easy even for young improvisers to get their feet wet. Learn More
  • I Gotta Feeling

    From the acclaimed CD The E.N.D by the Black Eyed Peas, this mega-hit was number one on the charts for more than 3 months, and was also nominated for two Grammy awards. Featuring a driving groove and a familiar melody, here is a solid arrangement for jazz ensemble sure to bring a contemporary edge to your next concert Learn More
  • Jump, Jive an' Wail

    This hot swing tune from the legendary Louis Prima is featured on the jitterbuggin' GAP commercial and is also on the new CD “The Dirty Dozen” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Swing is back and this tune is helping to lead the way! Learn More
  • Just The Way You Are

    One of Billy Joel's all time biggest hits, beautifully adapted for young jazz ensemble by Roger Holmes. Included is a sax sol based on Phil Wood's famous solo as well as nicely scored ensemble sections. Learn More
  • Knock On Wood

    Although originally recorded by Eddie Floyd in 1966, this familiar hit has remained popular thanks to covers by artists such as Otis Redding, David Bowie, and Eric Clapton. This dynamic version for young players is based on the swing-shuffle hit recorded by Amii Stewart in 1979. Learn More
  • Lady Marmalade

    Originally a hit for Patty LaBelle in the 70's this sizzling rock tune has been brought back for the movie “Moulin Rouge” newly recorded by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink. This one is hot! Learn More
  • Maria Maria

    Santana continues to capture the limelight with his award winning CD. His most recent hit is this medium tempo Latin tune, creatively arranged for young groups by Roger Holmes. Learn More
  • Mas Que Nada

    Made famous by Sergio Mendez and Brazil '66, you are sure to recognize the tune even if you don't know it by its title. Featuring a great Latin groove, this is a natural for change of pace programming. Learn More
  • Nothing From Nothing

    Recorded by Billy Preston in 1974, this became a #1 hit on the charts, and in 1975 became the first musical number ever performed on the TV show Saturday Night Live! Here is a funky version for young players that carefully maintains the feel and style of the original. Learn More
  • Respect

    Nothing says Motown like this #1 Aretha Franklin hit from 1967! Add this to your jazz ensemble's set list, and watch the crowd get movin'. Learn More
  • Saving All My Love for You

    Set here in a medium slow swing style, this bluesy version of Whitney Houston's first ever number #1 chart hit will go together quickly and sound great. Featured are short solos for alto and trumpet, as well as melody opportunities for all sections. Learn More
  • Scarborough Fair

    Using the traditional English folk song as a basis, Paul Murtha found a creative treatment as an uptempo jazz waltz! With a natural flowing groove, this swingin' chart opens with a trio of alto, trumpet and trombone on the main theme. There is also great scoring for the entire ensemble along with solo space for the three featured players (with sample written solos). Learn More
  • Sweet Home Chicago

    Made famous by the Blues Brothers, this hard-hitting blues classic is sure to become an instant favorite with your band. Roger's arrangement features a driving shuffle groove and solid scoring for the entire ensemble. Learn More
  • Thieves In The Temple

    You don't normally associate the music of Prince with jazz ensembles. However, this outstanding arrangement draws inspiration from the funky Herbie Hancock version and provides a great vehicle for ensemble playing as well as soloing. Learn More
  • What'd I Say

    An up-tempo rockin' style, call-and-response playing, and hot horn riffs are all a part of this arrangement of the Ray Charles classic. The legend of Ray lives on through tunes like this that never seem to grow old. Learn More

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