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
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
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Rob McConnell's treatment of the classic Irving Berlin standard Alexander's Ragtime Band, recorded on 1974's The Best Damn Band in the Land album, is not for the faint of heart. Featuring several
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
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
Back to Jazz creates a beautiful, yet funky tone to any quartet who wants to play this.
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
Here is a fantastic Lennie Niehaus chart as recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on their album, The Stage Door Swings. The baritone saxophone and bass sets up the foundation for the exhilarating
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,
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
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
With its solid, swinging groove, tasty riffs, catchy down-home melody and solid ensemble writing, Blue Avenue is a great introduction to the swing style for the youngest jazz bands. The two-measure
This classic riff tune from Clifford Brown, in a moderate swing style, gives even young players a great opportunity to learn style and small group playing. Flexibly scored for four-plus horns, 3 rhythm and
Although not as well known as its older cousin, Oliver Nelson's 1965 album More Blues and the Abstract Truth is still one of the finest small-group recording sessions. Although each of Nelson's arrangements
This laid-back, easy-going swing chart at the very easy level is a perfect introduction to the blues for aspiring jazz musicians! Bluesy melodies and swinging rhythms will teach basic style in a way that is
Ellington loved the blues. He found a way to use the blues feeling and/or structure in virtually everything he wrote. Naturally, this had a profound effect on his disciple, Billy Strayhorn, who uses many of
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Featured on the 1960 Count Basie album Easin' It, Brotherly Shove is a tour-de-force Frank Foster swing chart based on rhythm changes that was written to feature the band's monstrous saxophone
The New Orleans Rhythm Kings came up with a swinging formula that wove the bugle call into a swinging blues. Their Bugle Call Rag brought the tune to a larger audience in 1922. So, it was only
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