Made famous by The Count Basie Orchestra, here is a great-sounding yet playable version of this standard for developing bands. It includes feature spots for every section and optional written or improvised
Here's a great way to introduce the music of Count Basie to your young players. Carefully scored for young groups, this medium swing chart composed by Frank Foster and Count Basie trades the melody between
Made famous by Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, here is a fun chart from the early swing era. The saxes do most of the heavy lifting, supported by punches and backgrounds in the brass. Also featured are
Here's a distinctive arrangement for beginning jazz groups on one of Duke Ellington's most recognizable tunes. One of the featured works in the 2014 movie "Whiplash," it combines the styles of Latin and big
This Ellington favorite adapts beautifully to the little big band format in the skilled hands of Michael Mossman. The classic tune is still there, but with a contemporary twist. Instrumentation:
One of the classic trademark tunes from the Duke Ellington library, this familiar jazz standard is solidly scored for younger players by Mark Taylor. When it comes to accessible charts in a medium swing
This Peter Blair chart on the Neal Hefti/Count Basie classic is a wonderful adaptation for younger jazz groups. It does its Basie thing with a light and cool swing feel, includes nice changes in
Made famous by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis band, this accessible version has a gospel rock groove that fits perfectly. Played at about 132 bpm with straight eighths, this chart is packed with goodies
Here's a wonderful update of Tommy Dorsey's classic theme song. It's totally playable by high school jazz bands, yet it also sounds great with college and professional groups. It's written as a trombone
Here is the hot version of this big band standard arranged by Jeff Tyzik as recorded by Doc Severinson and the Tonight Show Band. With a dressed up feel and solos for alto, tenor and trumpet, this
The flowing melody and lush harmonies of this Ellington favorite are set in a medium samba style in this creative arrangement that takes full advantage of the little big band format. In addition
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