One of the first tunes to put the group Chicago on the map was this early rocker from 1970. John Wasson stays true to the original in this outstanding version for jazz ensemble that features solos for alto
Let your beginning players really rock out to the sounds of Metallica with this hard-hitting chart for young jazz ensembles. The syncopations are handled in a repetitive manner, allowing for easy
Originally recorded in 1961 by Jorgen Ingmann, but better known for the 1981 recording by The Sugarhill Gang, this funky hit remains a favorite. Feature your drummer or an additional percussionist (bongos,
The music of The Jackson 5 remains as popular today as ever. Here is one of their biggest hits from the Motown era in a funky arrangement that is skillfully scored for the entire ensemble. No solos, just
In 1977 Stevie Wonder was in his prime and Sir Duke was on top of the charts. Michael Philip Mossman takes this familiar hit and adds his own unique touch. The opening features the brass with sax
A huge hit recorded by Cee Lo Green and also featured on the TV show Glee sung by Gwyneth Paltrow, this infectious tune is written in a style reminiscent of 1960s Motown. Solidly scored for young ensembles,
Few people remember The Meters and this recording from 1969; however, over the years Cissy Strut has become a model of funky drumming and simmering grooves, and has been recorded by countless rock
Radiohead released Paranoid Android as a single in April 1997 and as a track on their studio album OK Computer the same year. Ken Schaphorst's epic big band arrangement is accessible for high
Idioteque was recorded on Radiohead's 2000 CD Kid A, and Patty Darling's chart is a model for arranging contemporary pop/rock/fusion music for big band. It's rare to find such an artful and
Bodysnatchers was released in 2007 on Radiohead's In Rainbows album. Fred Sturm's powerful arrangement captures the raw passion of Radiohead's version with unique harmonic variations, textural
Scottish funk group Average White Band had two major hits that helped solidify the horn-driven funk sound of the '70s. Pick Up the Pieces was released in 1974 and Cut the Cake followed
Rippin' 'n Runnin' is a funky chart at about 176 beats per minute with a classic Gordon Goodwin piano introduction. This chart has solo space for alto 1, tenors 1 and 2, trumpet 4 and trombone 1.
Just listen to this chart and you know you have to have it as Victor Lopez brings the original Weather Report version to life for jazz ensembles. All the ingredients are here, plus solo space (written or
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