Here's a perfect choice for bands that have limited rehearsal time. Master composer Carl Strommen has expertly written great melodies and harmonies into this appealing Latin selection that will provide a
This moderate Latin/funk chart will be a real crowd pleaser with its accessible tempo and ensemble highlights along with a written solo for trumpet. Optional parts for expanded instrumentations include
Here's a smooth and laid-back samba that's played with the half-note equaling 96 bpm. In addition to ensemble tutti and sectional soli sections it features an ad lib alto saxophone solo. Along
Victor Lopez creatively sets Jobim's great samba with an alternating and brief swing feel. The tempo is around 158 bpm, and it's tasty with some clever quotes you'll recognize. There's also a
It's time for another musical journey through Miami's Little Havana as provided by Jeff Jarvis. This medium-easy level original scored in cha-cha style showcases authentic, yet accessible rhythms and
This dramatic and fiery chart captures all of the excitement of an event in a bullring. The opening fanfare leads to a relentless Latin groove that supports the lyrical melody. A perfect choice for any
This nice chart has an easy samba groove featuring a relaxed melody accompanied by melodic counterlines and rhythmic accents. Written solos and chord changes are provided for alto sax, tenor sax,
Pocket Samba is based on the chords of Chopsticks and has been transformed into a fun and vibrant samba that players will love to play and audiences will love to sing and clap along to. It
Famously recorded by Louis Armstrong, this chart is set in a moderate cha-cha style for a creative version of a classic melody. Even in this flexible instrumentation, little big band format there is an
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Not your typical bossa nova, this accessible chart at around 156 bpm is a great way to get your band into the Latin style. The featured solos are written or improvised for alto sax and
Ray Charles made this one a classic, and now your developing jazz band can too! It's a soulful and funky cha-cha played at the perfect tempo of 120 bpm. Arranged at the medium-easy
Here's Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine's hot and very exciting Latin rock chart! This groove is loaded with tons of energy, plus it has a cool melodic hook that never gives up. There are no
With a sophisticated sound right off the top, this chart features a bossa nova groove at around 128 bpm. But not just any bossa, this one stands out above the rest! It includes superb harmonies, nice
Don't miss this very effective Latin original with an auxiliary percussion part that includes castanets for an authentic tango flavor. The features include a modest tempo of 104 bpm
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
Patriotic music for jazz bands is always welcome! This setting begins appropriately at a reverently slow tempo around 60 bpm, with the trumpets carrying the melody followed by a piano interlude. The
Recorded by the acclaimed Cannonball Adderley Quintet in the 1960s, Jive Samba became one of Nat Adderley's best-known standards. Arranged here for little big band and in a moderate and relaxed
Featuring a completely flexible instrumentation of 4, 5 or 6 winds and rhythm section, Monte Carlo is a quintessential bossa nova with smooth and relaxed melodic and rhythmic elements. This
This laid-back bossa nova features a smooth and relaxed feel, nice section exchanges, effective full ensemble passages, and an open solo section with chord changes offered for 1st tenor sax. The
Originally done by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, here's an accessible adaptation that will expand the popularity of this very exciting Latin chart. This samba is played around 90 bpm in cut-time with
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
Taco It or Leave It is a strong, driving samba chart that will add variety and excitement to any developing jazz band's repertoire. Contrasting dynamics, interesting ensemble textures,
Here's an exceptional Caribe/Latin chart that brings together a host of musical cultures. The groove is infectious; this chart will add some excitement at an accessible level. The open solo section provides
This appealing and light-hearted tune by Charlie Parker is treated here in a medium-tempo samba style. A small group comprised of alto, tenor, trumpet, trombone and guitar takes the lead for the first
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