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
The jazz level will be off the charts when you kick off this hot number recorded by jazz standout Trombone Shorty. This catchy funk tune is riff based and features a blend of New Orleans-style jazz with a
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:
The classic recording by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels featured these tunes in an upbeat and driving medley and went on to become their biggest hit. This powerful arrangement will have a solid
True to the original medium-tempo swing style, this creative chart in the Little Big Band format features satisfying full-ensemble scoring with suggested or improvised solos for tenor sax and trumpet.
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
With a healthy dose of laid-back funk and New Orleans attitude, this unique offering from Trombone Shorty is a sure way to bring some fresh and energizing sounds to any occasion.
Give it up for one of the signature tunes from "The Godfather of Soul." This funky classic from 1968 has remained popular with recording artists and has a special place in pop culture.
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Long recognized as the signature song for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, here is a beautifully arranged setting for young jazz ensembles. In a slow Basie-style swing, this chart features plenty of full
You may think this very clever chart is all swing, but it begins as Latin then alternates with a swing feel. The tempo is bright at around 190-200 bpm with suggested solos for trumpet and tenor sax, a
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