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
Here's a Benny Golson jazz standard played by all the greats. This swing chart is ideal for every young jazz band as played around 132 bpm. All the ingredients are here for young jazz success: easy
Neal Hefti penned this wonderful chart for the great Count Basie Band, and Roy Phillippe has made it accessible for younger players without losing the verve of the original. This little swing chart
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
If you're looking for a great-sounding medium swing tune for younger players that features tutti rhythms, this is the perfect chart for you! Even though there are brief written or ad lib solos for
Follow the Leader is intended as a fun, up-tempo swing chart that introduces young musicians to stylistic elements echoing classic big band tunes such as Little Brown Jug (in the melodic
This straight-ahead blues has it all! From an easy swinging melody that gives way to cool counterpoint, it leads to solos that are open for all. All players have an opportunity to improvise on a
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
For Lillian is a fresh, lyrical and flowing ballad featuring the trumpet section on optional flugelhorns. It's very playable, yet richly musical, and gives the melody to every section at some
A huge hit recorded by Cee Lo Green and also featured on the TV show Glee sung by Gwyneth Paltrow, this infectious tune is written in a style reminiscent of 1960s Motown. Solidly scored for young ensembles,
Originally recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd, this is one of the most powerful "arena rock" tunes of all time. It opens in a rock ballad style and finishes with a driving rock vamp that can be used as a
This easy-to-play Latin bossa nova has everything written out for the rhythm section and no individual solos. The tempo is around 148 bpm with very accessible brass ranges and plenty of
It's all here... a jazz calypso style, ensemble, percussion, feel and drive! Played at around 168 bpm, this tune will grab you immediately with its catchy melody that includes a written or ad lib tenor
This driving funk chart exposes young musicians to the harmonies of the jazz classic Killer Joe combined with the groove of the Herbie Hancock classic Chameleon. Plenty of full ensemble
This is a grooving chart that encourages enough mischief to be fun without going over the top. In Funky See, Funky Do, funk rhythms are presented in a very teachable way with plenty of
The Game Is Afoot is a straight-ahead swinger that will provide young jazz musicians with the experience of playing a composition built around modal music. Basic swing figures further enhance the
Game of Bones is a driving jazz waltz played around 158 bpm with a haunting melody that stays with you. Expressly written for young jazzers, it includes a written tenor sax solo,
Recorded by The Beatles on Let It Be, and notably performed on the roof of Apple Studios in London, here is a rockin' version for very young jazz bands. Optional reduced or expanded instrumentations.
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