Appropriately named, The Smooth Zone features a Latin feel that moves between an open groove and a straight-ahead Bossa, giving the rhythm section some varied but still accessible feels.
This straight-ahead Bossa passes the melody all around the band and gives everyone interesting lines to play. In addition to an open solo section for the rest of the ensemble, this chart also features some
A relic of the gaslight era, this classic tune by Turner Layton receives a fresh new treatment as a sprightly samba. After the trumpet and saxophone melody statement, the full wind section is featured in a
This chart has a long-lined melody contrasting with a Latin style accompanying figure and a specific and detailed drum part as created by Art Blakey. Then there is a contrasting second chorus ensemble
This is a lovely piece with a texture based on a rhumba rhythm with long melodic lines, a contrasting swing feel pedal figure and an arpeggio figure that caps each phrase in an even eighth-note rhythm.
Victor Lopez gives us a fun tour of the Caribbean islands with Nanigo! It's a powerful and exciting chart that will provide your jazz band and its audiences with the opportunity to
Young and developing jazz bands will stand out with this calypso original! Cake Mix uses a great balance of dissonance and consonance with an infectious groove to create a surprisingly mature sound
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
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
Erik Sherburne's exciting samba chart is very playable and very melodic. A unique and highly effective a cappella introduction leads to themes that allow the chart to settle into a
From the Jazz Starter Series comes this fun introduction to the Latin style for young players. The basic mambo rhythms are easy and additional highlights include written solos or duets for trumpets or alto
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
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
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
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
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Take Five in 4/4 and not 5/4, you say? Yes, and it works just fine in this clever chart on a super classic everyone will recognize. The bossa nova tempo is around 130 bpm and
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
Scott Ragsdale puts this iconic tune through the paces as a hot samba played around 190-200 bpm! The trombones take over and grab the melody right off the top and are featured throughout with
The Chili Pepper makes its initial appearance at the very easy grade level! As with all charts in the Chili Pepper series, this one has an infectious Latin groove, rhythmic excitement and a strong melody.
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
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
Empanada Caliente sizzles from the opening measure with a strong rhythmic groove that is always pushing the ensemble and the open solo section provides flexibility in choice of soloists with the
Samba Nova has a breezy samba melody suited for a beach in Rio while melodic counterpoint plays in the sand. Following a funky half-time interlude the trumpet takes the first solo, followed by
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,
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