This Eddie Harris classic has a funky jazz/rock groove played at about 140 bpm. With written solos provided for tenor and trumpet and a written melody solo for the bass, Listen
Here's the chicken funk chart for 2017! This one grooves from top to bottom and you'll really dig the deep, funky groove played around 160 bpm. Written or improvised solo space is provided for trumpet and
Kris Berg's contemporary take on this Cole Porter standard is set in a funky groove played at around 136 bpm, with the groove going into an occasional boogaloo feel. The lead trumpet range goes to
Gordon Goodwin wrote this superb chart for a good high school jazz ensemble to be played around 126 bpm with a straight-eighth feel and a rock groove. The saxes start things off a cappella then
You guessed it, Alligator Boogaloo is a funky rock chart with a boogaloo groove played around 136 bpm. It's a simple blues with a great melody introduced by alto and trumpet. Written solos
Backlash is a superb jazz/rock chart! Played at around 144 bpm, it's a well-written chart in every way with superb ensemble sections, a hip interlude that builds into a big shout chorus,
You'll recognize this tune for sure as a hit by the great jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis. It's a groovy boogaloo chart played at 140 bpm with a lead trumpet range to written G on top of the staff,
Check out this hip-hop setting by Paul Baker on the famous TV theme. Unique, but very appealing, it's loaded with wonderful writing, great development, written or improvised solos for trumpet, tenor
Here's Alan Baylock's contemporary treatment of this wonderful jazz standard in a half-time funk feel played with the half note equaling about 96 bpm. The lead trumpet range is to written B flat,
Heavy metal for big band! Guitar is the featured solo instrument in this very cool chart, so if you, the band and your drummer dig a rock vehicle to wake everyone up, this is it. The lead trumpet range is
Here's a funky rock chart for young jazz bands, played at about 120 bpm. A written solo for tenor sax, accessible brass ranges, a catchy melody, and clear articulations are additional features. The easy
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
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
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
What a great title! This fun original is clearly a great rock arrangement for young jazz bands. Additional features include specific articulation notations, easy brass ranges, a written tenor sax solo (the
Here's a wonderful take on the group Toto's classic rock tune from the '80s. It's solidly scored throughout and sounds amazingly like the original while remaining accessible for developing jazz bands.
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
Smiles and Smiles to Go is an easygoing chart with a relaxed, straight-eighth groove at about 116 bpm. Its features include an alto sax solo with a suggested written solo, trumpet 1 range up to G
Just like the title, this funk/rock chart on the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars megahit is loaded with powerful energy! The tempo is around 112 bpm, there's a written alto sax solo provided, and it goes all
It's funky, it's accessible, it's a Gordon Goodwin tune arranged for the developing jazz ensemble! It's half-time funk with the tempo at about 188 bpm with written-out solos available for any
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
Rosanna was a huge hit in the '80s from the group Toto, with a great hook that still resonates today! This chart begins with a big introduction and transitions to a more subdued
You know it, you love it! This Meghan Trainor megahit is set at around 136 bpm with a solid rock groove, has no solos, and will be a favorite with students and audiences. This Victor Lopez arrangement
Polar Vortex by Victor Lopez is designed to guarantee young jazz ensemble success! With a haunting melody, it will capture the imagination with a jazz/rock, even eighth note style at a
The "chicken" series continues with this outstanding funk chart by Kris Berg. With the chicken-flavored title, this is just plain funky. The laid-back tempo is around 100 bpm; the solo space is for tenor
A gem of a chart, here's Freddie Hubbard's Red Clay arranged for developing jazz bands. Characteristically, it's a straight-eighths groove at 132 bpm with written or ad lib solos for
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.
Here's a Wes Montgomery bossa/rock tune that grooves along at around 145 bpm with the melody line played by tenor 1 and trumpet 2. With very playable ensemble sections and hits,
Mike Story's chart on The Doors' rock classic is one that will please audiences and young players. In a medium rock style, it features a written piano solo, easy brass ranges, and easy
Here's Gordon Goodwin's slow, funky version of the holiday classic that's very clever with the initial melody line played by bass trombone and bari sax. The tempo is 110 bpm, it has soprano sax
Here's a great setting for younger jazz bands of this favorite! After a slow, six-measure chorale introduction, it breaks into a bluesy style that leads to an all-out gospel rock feel. Highlights include a
Here's an extremely well-conceived rock original that gets right on down and cooks! Just 'Cuz is played at around 132 bpm with the trumpet 1 range to written G on top of the staff. The solos are
If you are looking for an easy, yet hip chart, this is it! A funky Tower of Power hit, this chart is accessible at 166 bpm with no solos and a trumpet 1 range to F top line. Optional parts are included
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
Here's a soulful yet accessible treatment of this Tower of Power hit song. This chart is played at about 128 bpm in 3/4 time, and the trumpet 1 range is to written E top space. Including a
Yep, you guessed it...it's a funk chart! "The Chicken" tradition continues at about 136 bpm. The funk groove is deep, the solos are written out for tenor and/or guitar, and the lead trumpet
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.
This one has a funky rock groove with a hip chord progression, yet it's very easy to play. It Is What It Is has plenty of unison harmony, no solos, easy ranges, and is very effective for the young
Here's a Katy Perry pop tune your jazz ensemble will enjoy playing and the audience will recognize and appreciate! The tempo is around 164 bpm, there are no solos, it's got a big ensemble sound,
Take a straight-eighth groove that's a little funky, plus a catchy melody at 130 bpm, and you have a winner! I'll Take Les features written solos for tenor, trumpet 2, or guitar, a lead
Gordon Goodwin wrote this funky chart at the medium grade level to showcase trumpet 1 and trombone 1. Everything is written out, including the melody duet, the solos, and the featured trades. The
This chart on Scarborough Fair looks at the familiar tune in a traditional, slow rock style. It contains written solos for trumpet 1 and tenor 1, both with energetic backgrounds, and a
This Bruno Mars pop hit will sound great in any performance setting. Treasure features a cool rock groove at 116 bpm with a nice hook, no solos, and a lead trumpet range to written F
Oh, yeah! This great chart on a Cannonball Adderley classic cooks at around 170 bpm. With a straight-eighth note groove, everything written out, trumpet 1 range to written G on top of the staff, optional
This is the show closer that will bring down the house! The main groove is a funky boogaloo at about 103 bpm, plus a band chant, a swing section, and a gospel feel. Flexible solo space with written
Grease Wheezer is funky, a little greasy, and a joy to play! The tempo is around 132 bpm, there are written solos for alto and trombone 1, and a funky piano and bass intro. The lead trumpet range
Sideways Walking Dog features a Latin/rock groove at around 180 bpm with very simple rhythms and a great melody line. Additional features include easy brass ranges, a written solo for tenor
Orchestrate Your Inbox
What are your interests? Fine-tune your email so you receive only what's important to you.
Thank you! Please check your inbox. We've sent an email with a link to update your preferences.
Pepper Music eClubs
Everything you need for the upcoming season and special recommendations from our editors! Each club is sent monthly (unless otherwise noted).
Cued In - The Pepper Blog
A weekly digest of insightful articles, helpful resources, and interviews with leading composers and arrangers
Subscribe to Cued In
Thanks, you're almost done! Please check your inbox and click the link to complete your subscription.