This exciting chart has a driving 12/8 funk feel that is sure to engage your jazz ensemble and its audiences with its relentless intensity, but without excessive brass ranges with the trumpets going to
This great Carl Strommen original is a slow funk chart with a double-time feel at around 92 bpm. With tons of attitude, it features lots of dialogue between the saxes and brass, powerful ensembles, and
Hot and energetic, Hopscotch is a funk/hip-hop original with swing eighth notes. The solos can be opened up, and a suggested solo and chord changes are included in the alto 1 part. The solo
Here's a "medium bouncy funky" groove chart with great lines and really hot rhythm section parts! The funky call-and-response sections in the winds keep this chart driving forward and fun to play.
Set in a genre all its own, Phase Dance is a Latin/fusion-style chart with exciting ensemble passages that light up the tune, rich harmonies that add tremendous depth, and
The trumpets start off this poppin' funk chart that's played anywhere from 144 to 152 bpm. With solid parts for all sections, Soulful Swagger stays true to the medium funky
Here's a straight-ahead rock original that's full of energy and drive! With solid ensemble writing and kickin' backgrounds behind the soloists, it shouts! The optional open solo section is over only
Erik Sherburne has crafted a "determined rock" chart played at 132 bpm with lots of call-and-response writing and limited brass ranges. Including plenty of unison lines and interesting rhythms,
What starts out as a simple, yet soulful melody, relentlessly builds to the very end of the piece. Precipitation Appreciation is the finale of "The Beauty of the Rain Suite" and features a
Here's another of Kris Berg's highly successful and funky "chicken" charts! A clever title means a clever chart - this one opens with the sound of the barnyard and then it gets funky immediately
Fool Me Once is a very funky original by the great Gordon Goodwin, written at a more accessible grade level. This chart is played at around 160 bpm, the lead trumpet range is to
In the spirit of Frank Mantooth and Ashley Alexander, this funk chart provides each section of the band with exciting and distinctive roles that come together and meld into a funky, backbeat groove with a
Recorded by Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter's hypnotic minor blues has become a true jazz classic and required literature for jazz musicians. Arranged here using a medium straight-eighth-note groove, this chart
Recorded in the mid-1950s and also known as Trane's Blues, this jazz classic is credited to Miles Davis but reportedly was penned by John Coltrane. Regardless, Michael Mossman's refreshing version
This funk classic from Jaco Pastorius naturally features a prominent role for the bass player. Skillfully arranged for full jazz ensemble, the back-and-forth riffs are traded between smaller groups within
Inspired by the version of The Pink Panther recorded by Bobby McFerrin, Mike Tomaro breathes exciting new life into this Mancini favorite. Combining a unique shuffle funk groove with creative
Everyone knows this Henry Mancini favorite, but not like this! Mike Tomaro has gleefully twisted the well-known melody into a New Orleans-style second line groove for jazz ensemble! The signature bass line
This chart is a great addition to the growing collection of Radiohead charts that has provided bands throughout the world with wonderful, unique choices for their jazz programs. This fusion chart explores
Steely Dan's Gaucho was originally arranged by Fred Sturm for the HR Big Band (Germany). Set in a slow half-time gospel feel, there is beautiful, lush ensemble writing throughout the piece. As with
Finally, the music of Steely Dan comes to the world of big bands with this outstanding arrangement! Originally arranged for the HR Big Band (Germany), this rock-ish, heavy-shuffle tune provides hard-hitting
Beginning with a slinky piano riff, Moon Juice builds to a full ensemble with lots of moving parts, all riding on top of a funky hip-hop-style groove. The piano is featured throughout the
Here's a hot, medium-tempo funk chart that contrasts funky, swing 16th rhythmic figures with smooth legato brass lines. The solo space is open with the ensemble cookin' and poppin' behind the
Don't miss this great chart that's an ideal candidate for festivals and contests! It's a funky, straight-eighth groove on a sensational composition comfortably laying at about 118 bpm.
Alan Baylock's chart on this Eddie Harris jazz classic is exciting from the very first note. This updated and contemporary version features a straight-eighth boogaloo groove at about
More accessible than most Gordon Goodwin charts, this one is a killer funk tune that is unbelievably exciting! Your jazz band players and audiences will dig the poppin' rhythmic figures, the funky
Mensa, Baby! is a remarkable theme and variations for more advanced groups. The theme is introduced by a brief trombone chorale, which goes straight to a driving rock feel. Other elements include
Yes, it's all about that funk! This upbeat Charlie Hill original features a driving funk feel and includes an open solo section for improvisers of choice. Crafty ensemble and sectional writing round out
This exciting funk chart is an excellent showcase for jazz ensembles. The groove is there right from the first bar and the stop-time middle section will amaze! The rhythm section parts are fully
In 1987 Miles Davis took home the Grammy award for best jazz instrumental soloist for his performance of this composition by Marcus Miller. From the album of the same name, Tutu is creatively
This is probably George Harrison's most famous contribution to the illustrious catalog of recordings by The Beatles! Mike Tomaro maintains the general flavor of the distinctive original and takes the
Ingeniously composed using just the three-note motif from the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice, jazz keyboard master Steve Allee has created an impressive and unique fusion-style chart for
Don't miss this moderate tempo funk/rock chart with plenty of unison and ensemble writing to make your band sound great. The open solo section is based on two chords in the friendly key of B-flat with
Andy Farber's Shag Bag is an exceptional rock chart featuring a very funky groove that jazz bands will enjoy rehearsing and performing. Included are solo sections for alto sax and trumpet that can
Stan's Plan features a rock/fusion groove and is inspired by the harmonies of Stan Kenton's Artistry in Rhythm as interpreted by the Brecker Brothers. After an intensely
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
Los Angeles-based jazz composer Jeff Jarvis composed this tuneful funk chart entitled Backdraft. This medium-level chart has all the characteristics of Jarvis' best-selling funk charts such as
Hard Hittin' is a swing/funk chart written at about 184 bpm, but sounds like it's written at half that tempo... a great feel! The drummer needs to be on top of the game in this one. There's a
This big band standard made famous by Tommy Dorsey gets an updated treatment with a funky groove alternating with a swing feel at around 170 bpm. This is a clever and effective treatment of this
From the group Tower of Power, this funky chart hits the mark at 180 bpm. It includes solos for tenor, trombone, or guitar, with a lead trumpet range to written high C. There's lots of hot
Funky, with a very hip piano intro, this small group chart is for tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, and drums. This chart includes solo space for all players.
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