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
One of the iconic tunes from the swing era, this enduring standard has been recorded by countless artists ranging from Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra, to
This one's a New Orleans-style chart that will have the bayou bouncing! It's an ideal opener and a great way for young jazzers to learn about the groove. The features include flexible instrumentation,
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 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,
This hard-hitting, heavy-duty rock version of Angels We Have Heard on High will be the highlight of your next holiday concert! The fully scored ensemble writing is well within the capabilities of
This swinging original for young groups is based on the chord changes to the jazz standard There Will Never Be Another You. The brass ranges are very accessible, the rhythm section parts
Journey made this a hit in 1980 and the cast of Glee did it again in 2010. This solid chart is built on a driving eighth-note pulse and requires no solos. Sure to sound great with limited rehearsal time, it
Originally recorded in 1961 by Jorgen Ingmann, but better known for the 1981 recording by The Sugarhill Gang, this funky hit remains a favorite. Feature your drummer or an additional percussionist (bongos,
Made famous by The Count Basie Orchestra, here is a great-sounding yet playable version of this standard for developing bands. It includes feature spots for every section and optional written or improvised
Emulating the music of jazz greats Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri, this funky Latin original with a 3:2 clave groove features a trumpet section soli, a written or ad lib trumpet solo, and a roaring ensemble
Featuring an alto saxophone or trumpet player in a tasty, rock ballad setting, this creative original features a gorgeous solo theme that is completely written. The ensemble provides a lush foundation
This Mike Collins-Dowden swing-style original features a hip melody, interesting call-and-response passages between the saxes and brass, nice dynamic contrasts, a written or improv solo for trumpet, and
This familiar standard is usually performed as a duet. It's been recorded countless times over the years, notably in the holiday movie favorite "Elf" starring Will Ferrell. This charming arrangement for
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
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