Whitney Houston will always be remembered for this signature ballad. Here is a great-sounding arrangement that features a written solo for alto saxophone, tasteful ensemble accompaniment lines, and later a
Here's an ideal holiday chart that will sound great and be easy to rehearse. Start with a holiday classic played around 92 bpm in a light rock groove, add written melody solos, plus easy ranges,
Need something for that holiday concert that goes together quickly and also sounds great? Rick Stitzel's easy Latin style arrangement of this Christmas classic features plenty of tutti ensemble playing for
Recorded by The Jackson 5, this was a number-one hit in 1970 and again in 1992 when it was recorded by Mariah Carey. This easy ballad is a nice change of pace for beginning jazz bands. Optional reduced or
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
This great standard gets an easy treatment for young jazzers. It's a straight-eighth ensemble ballad that's played at about 90 bpm with the emphasis focused on melodic playing. A tasteful written solo for
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
If you're looking for a funky "in-your-face" shuffle, this chart fits the bill! Based on a 16-bar blues variation, it features a down 'n dirty loose shuffle feel, active ensemble passages and an open solo
Here's a medium swinger on this iconic Cole Porter standard with an easygoing feel at about 132 bpm. Featuring great ensemble passages as well as written or improvised solos for tenor sax,
Since its release in 1971, John Lennon's poignant and sensitive song remains relevant and popular today. John Berry's arrangement for younger players is in the style of a rock ballad with a contemporary
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,
Bossa nova originated in Brazil as a combination of jazz and samba and has clearly become a mainstay in today's jazz culture. This original captures all that Latin culture and adds some extraordinary
At around 72 bpm, Is That All There Is? is a beautifully melodic ballad solo feature for tenor saxophone. The solo part is fully written with chord symbols provided for improv
It Ain't Easy Goin' Green is a delightful trombone solo feature that honors the amazing talent of the great trombonist Urbie Green. This chart is an easygoing bossa nova with accessible parts for
You may think this very clever chart is all swing, but it begins as Latin then alternates with a swing feel. The tempo is bright at around 190-200 bpm with suggested solos for trumpet and tenor sax, a
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
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
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