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
In Your Dreams... is an exceptional ballad feature for solo trombone or tenor saxophone. The rhythmic and technical demands are minimal allowing rehearsal time to focus on musicality and
This beautiful ballad from the pen of George Shutack is the perfect showcase for your trumpet or alto sax soloist. The pensive melody and rich harmony combine to create a wonderful change of pace chart. The
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
Recorded by Count Basie on the album Have a Nice Day, this expressive ballad is a study in subtle ensemble textures and colors, with muted brass, delicate piano fills, and a directed ending that closes in a
Jazz Hero is an accessible Latin/rock chart that will do your band proud. A minor-sounding introduction brings the band in on the major chord melody, then the sections trade back and forth. There
Yes, this is Jingle Bells! Check out this very clever swing arrangement that is sure to please. This very easy chart is easy to rehearse with a catchy hook, very modest brass ranges, and plenty of
Alright, alright, here's your joyous and happy Latin chart for any performance setting! The calypso groove is easy to play, the brass ranges are very accessible, the tempo is around 142 bpm, written
This chart is a nice way to feature young soloists on a jazz classic. It has been played by all the greats, but this arrangement is very accessible and swingin' with a cool melodic line. The tempo is
Victor Lopez has taken the Ode to Joy theme from Beethoven's 9th, added a holiday twist and turned it into a very nice chart for young jazz bands. It features cool harmony and it's easy to rehearse and
Here's a very tasty rock ballad that can feature either alto sax or trumpet soloists with accessible, written solos. Just Before I Close My Eyes continues to be a top seller year after year.
From the First Place for Jazz Series comes this minor blues chart that features swinging lines and intricate counterpoint for young jazz ensembles. The features include a short "rhythm out" section that
Young jazz musicians respond to a great swing groove, easily played and with a catchy melody that they can grab hold of with both hands. Kickin' Back fits the bill while the keyboard
Kool Kat Blues is an effective medium-tempo minor blues chart. Whether your ensemble has some experience or is in the developmental stages, this chart is suitable for all performance situations.
Lab Report begins with a driving rock beat that transitions to swing and then back again and continues to alternate throughout. A unison horn soli teaches phrasing and articulation while
This medium-tempo swinger played around 120 bpm is perfect for the concert hall or a lazy afternoon. Everyone gets to play the melody, and this chart is a perfect introduction to swing style for the
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