Active Measures is a classic straight-ahead swing chart with bebop overtones that groove right along, especially behind the soloists. Additional features include two sax soli sections and a short
This creative chart is a wild trek through multiple styles and energy levels. Part of the Metroplexity Big Band series, it's reminiscent of modern wind ensemble overtures. Adventures includes a
Originally a #1 hit for Toto in the early 1980s, and recorded again by the group Weezer, this powerful rock anthem features a distinctive groove and memorable lines. In this chart it's given a contemporary
John Lewis' Afternoon in Paris is flexibly arranged for four horns and rhythm section in this small group chart. This chart, set in a medium swing style, includes background figures behind the
This masterful jazz standard from Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" album is notated here in 3/4 for young players. Inexperienced jazz players will have fun and enhance their musical skills while learning to
Featured in the movie "Shrek," this familiar hit by Smash Mouth has become an enduring part of pop culture. This arrangement for young players features the melody passed from section to section, and the
This lush chart on Alone Together is a beautiful ensemble jazz ballad with a haunting melody and lots of interesting counterpoint and harmonies. Written with comfortable ranges and played
Always Simpatico will take audiences through a unique and satisfying musical journey. The humble melody introduced at the beginning travels from section to section, building in intensity each time
Here's a very straightforward setting at around 120 bpm for younger jazz bands that will be a favorite with audiences and parents. With limited ranges and rhythms for the horns and extremely playable rhythm
Show off your rhythm section with this high powered bebop chart for experienced groups based on I Got Rhythm changes. The unique intro features the horns and the drummer on ride cymbal, and then
An intense, hard-hitting, up-tempo rock tune with the feel of a cataclysmic event! Played at around 150 bpm, it features repetitive rhythms and patterns that guarantee jazz bands will be performance-ready
Around the Bend, with its solid rock feel coupled with blues changes, will make younger players feel comfortable and right at home. With the rhythm section and bari sax setting the groove, it
At Water's Edge is a floating ECM-style tune with a beautiful, haunting melody... think Pat Metheny. The chart weaves through numerous energy levels and colors as it builds to its dramatic ending.
Here's a funky rock chart on the classic holiday carol Away in a Manger that's great fun for bands to play and audiences to hear! With an irresistible groove, this arrangement includes an open solo
Here's a great opener, closer, or anything in between! This swinging shuffle features cool lines, surprising harmonies, great rhythm section hooks, and much more. Notated rhythm section parts, reasonable
Take your young jazz band and its audiences on a Jamaican cruise with this with this easygoing calypso groove chart with a sassy melody. There are no individual solos and it features an easy
This Ellington-style ballad is what big band music is all about. It features a wide array of potential solos with featured solo parts included for alto sax, tenor sax, flugelhorn, bass trombone, and guitar.
Featuring a churning swing style and a catchy riff-based melody, this well-crafted chart spins its way through every section of the ensemble. In the solo section, written samples are provided for tenor,
Big Mouth kicks at the beginning and never lets up! If you like Jeff's Critical Mass, Honk, Old School, and Mohave Breakdown, then you've got to check this one out! Written
Originally composed for Weather Report and released in 1967, Joe Zawinul's quintessential jazz fusion standard has been recorded by countless artists through the years. This chart is a slightly truncated
This easy swing tune is a great way to introduce the music of Dizzy Gillespie to young jazz musicians. The trumpets take the first chorus followed by the saxes on the second. Skillful scoring for young
As the deep water swamp theme suggests, it's a great tool for developing low registers in younger players. The straight eighth-note rock style requires no triplet interpretation, so developing groups can
With a sit-up-and-take-notice introduction, Blackwing Blues is a straight-ahead shuffle chart played at about 138 bpm that provides an abundance of teaching and performance opportunities. With the
Blame It on the Blues is the perfect vehicle for developing jazzers to learn the essentials of swing rhythms and phrasing. Doug Beach knows how to do this kind of chart very, very well and this one
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