As one of the most important American music forms, the blues is an essential concept for developing students who are learning about jazz improvisation and ensemble playing. This easy-level swinger has it
Here's a great vehicle for teaching your younger jazz ensemble how to swing. Originally a blues tune from 1919, this familiar song has become an often recorded jazz standard. John Berry's updated version
Don't miss this swinging, shuffle blues chart for developing groups that cooks right off the top! Set at about 132 bpm, it features a full and hot saxophone section soli, a stop-time section leading
Whether your jazz band has some experience or is in the developmental stages, this medium-tempo swingin' blues chart is suitable for all performance situations. All sections have
Young jazzers deserve their chance to be in the spotlight, and here's a perfect vehicle for aspiring young stars. This bluesy swing chart features the saxes on the melody with commentary from the brass
Charlie Hill's original swinger at around 126 bpm is a straight-ahead blues chart with a catchy melody in the saxes that stays with you. There are no solos, just swinging sectionals and ensemble
Finally, a test that students will look forward to taking! This straight-ahead swinger is ideal for teaching swing rhythm interpretation and improvising on a blues scale. Equally suited to any program,
Recorded on the 1956 album Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet, this jazz standard composed by pianist Red Garland adapts beautifully for young jazzers. With a moderate tempo, a riff-based melody, and
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
This straight-ahead swing chart, played at 155-170 bpm, drives from its opening bar. The features include a sax section soli, full ensemble passages highlighting the strengths of developing bands, and
Based on a twelve-bar blues and built on syncopated melodic ideas that build in intensity when layered on top of each other, Crank It Up is a riff-based swing chart designed for young
This straight-ahead minor blues chart provides younger players with a multitude of learning opportunities. The lyrical melody features essential rhythmic figures and an abundance of ensemble writing ensures
The minor blues is an essential song form in the jazz language, and Doctor Minor's Blues provides a perfect vehicle to introduce this form to young players. The features include a strong melody,
Opening with the trumpets in cup mutes accompanied by the saxes and trombones, this effective swinger evolves with every section of the ensemble getting their chance at the melody. Suggested or improvised
The blues form is essential to jazz, and this very easy swing chart is a perfect way to introduce developing players to this form. The melody consists of just five notes that may also be used as the
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