Originally a hit back in 1941 for the Andrews Sisters, this classic has stood the test of time and is hard to beat for its entertainment value. This updated version has all the excitement of the original
Perhaps the most well known version of this flag-waver was recorded by "The King of Swing," Benny Goodman. This very easy arrangement from Robert Woods works well at a variety of tempos and makes an
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
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:
Everyone will recognize this Duke Ellington classic! It was one of the featured works in the 2014 movie "Whiplash" and uses interesting textures and alternates between a Latin groove and swing.
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
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
What better way to introduce the music of Duke Ellington to your young jazzers than with this wonderfully scored arrangement by Michael Sweeney! Even at this easy level, this chart really swings and
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
Close to the original, but somewhat simplified, this burning rocker from the Maynard Ferguson library really sizzles with a driving intensity! The lead trumpet goes up to high D with a couple high E's
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
Every jazz fan knows it, loves it and has wished it was in print! And now, this quintessential big-band arrangement is finally available! As recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on their album This Time by
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
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