Description: Few jazz ballads have been performed as consistently as this Thelonious Monk gem. Mike's version is a solo vehicle for alto sax and includes a double time feel that alternates with the traditional ballad tempo. Beautiful lines and striking harmonies help create a real standout arrangement.
Description: Bring the holidays on with this medley of Christmas classics in a half-time funk style. The funky groove will have everyone tapping their feet or even dancing in the aisle! Great tunes, solid voicings and space for your soloists (written or ad lib) all add up to a medley that will be the hit of your holiday program. Free MP3s can be downloaded at http://www.kendormusic.com/mp3/4/42885.mp3
Description: This iconic hit from the 1970s was recorded by Blue Oyster Cult, and in pop culture associated with the famous more cowbell skit on Saturday Night Live. This solid arrangement for young players will be quick to learn and requires no soloists. (Recorded by the Music For All High School Honor Jazz Band of America.)
Description: Composed in the '50s, this entertaining holiday tune has been recorded notably by Kay Star, and more recently the Brian Setzer Orchestra. A dynamic and swingin' addition to any holiday concert!
Description: Few holiday songs have the staying power and popularity of this familiar tune, known primarily from the recordings by Perry Como in the 1950s, but also the Carpenters in 1984. Here is a lush and easy-flowing bossa nova setting sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Solos are included for alto sax and flugelhorn.
Description: Written specifically for Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul released this as a single in 1967 and it became one of her signature songs. Here's a powerful version for vocal solo and jazz ensemble sure to be a concert highlight!
Description: Recorded by the group Chicago, this signature hit has gone on to become a rock classic. Paul's easy arrangement is playable with very limited rehearsal time, but still has an authentic and hard-driving feel. Includes optional solos (or soli) for any sax and any brass instrument.
Description: Need a great opener or a burning closer? This medium level chart will take care of either spot on the program. With a strong melody, an irresistible groove and solid ensemble work, this imaginative jazz shuffle will work perfectly in any program. The written or ad lib open solo section (solo sheets provided for all) allows plenty of room for advancing players to stretch out. Duration: 4:15.
Description: Originally written for the Sammy Nestico Dark Orchid recording and later reprised on A Portrait Of Sammy, this classic swing tune gives all of the solo work to piano -- first in the opening 48 bars, then again in the middle and ending segments. In between the band tackles a terrific double counterpoint chorus and carries a full ensemble shout. Altos and tenors double on flute.
Description: With a tip of the hat to the great Neal Hefti, this chart is exactly the type of ballad that the Count was famous for. Featuring mostly full ensemble work, this medium level original asks for everyone to contribute to the melody and to learn this iconic style. A short written trumpet solo rounds out the piece. Duration: 3:30.
Description: Featuring a charming swing style and a catchy riff-based melody, this well-crafted chart spins its way through every section of the band. In the solo section, written samples are provided for tenor, trumpet, and trombone, however with the easy changes and open format, anyone in the band can take a solo. This one is highly caffeinated and a lot of fun!
Description: Jazz Classics for the Young Ensemble - Grade 3. Vince Guaraldi's music provided a level of jazz sophistication for the popular Charlie Brown television specials, and his holiday offerings were some of the best! This appealing medley includes Linus and Lucy, Skating, O Tannenbaum, and Christmas Time Is Here.
Description: As recorded by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra on their Consummation album (Blue Note), this tender ballad in 3/4 time draws its strength and power from the purity of a simple melody line and delicate accompaniment figures. Soloists include piano and trumpet (or flugelhorn); an optional solo sheet for vocalist, featuring lyrics by Alec Wilder, is also included. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued. A perfect addition to your Christmas program. Duration: 4:04.
Description: Using a familiar melody as a starting point, the Chili Pepper returns in this exciting samba original for medium level groups. Rhythmically exciting and harmonically interesting, your band will love the journey of A Chili Pepper Odyssey! An open solo section features any soloist, with solo sheets provided for all. Duration: 4:37. Listen to the music while viewing the score at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVOsNKUzTWM
Description: From the CD A Portrait Of Sammy, this refreshing jazz/rock chart with strong melodic elements features piano, tenor sax and guitar solos. Several unison trumpet/flugelhorn passages are an added bonus, and using electric piano, guitar and bass will help ensembles achieve the best overall sound.
Description: The title says it all... this is truly A Crash Course in the Blues! Very well marked articulations, excellent rhythm section writing, solid scoring and idiomatic blues licks in the Brass and Saxes combine for a chart that will give any group a great start in playing big band blues.
Description: Commissioned by the South Dakota Music Education Association for the First Annual SD Middle School All-State Jazz Band, this straight ahead minor blues provides medium easy groups with a multitude of learning opportunities. The lyrical melody features essential rhythmic swing figures and an abundance of ensemble writing assures that everyone gets in on the action. Written or ad lib solos are included for all. Duration: 4:15.
Description: If you are looking for a great-sounding medium swing tune that features tutti ensemble rhythms, this is the perfect chart for you! Even though there are short solos for trumpet and tenor, the primary focus is on the full ensemble.
Description: Instrumentation: standard jazz ensemble. The driving New Orleans street beat will have everyone feeling the groove while the winds carry blues-drenched lines. This chart includes a drum solo and an open solo section. Duration: 2:55.
Description: As recorded by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra on their 1972 album Suite For Pops, soprano sax gets the lion's share of solo action in this bright swinger, with additional solos for tenor, trumpet and drums added for good measure. Plenty of bold tutti writing keeps the overall energy (and volume) level high, making this a great program opener or closer. Duration: 5:30.
Product Number: 12317682
Series: Jazz Ensemble (Ensemble/False) Price:$55.00
Genre: Concert, Jazz
Description: Kendor continues its tradition of publishing accessible charts that have integrity and style with this cleverly titled original for advancing groups. Set in a warm, contemporary feel, this straight eighth ballad features the pianist on written figures and a flugelhorn soloist that improvises over lush chord changes. Voicings are clearly notated for the pianist and bass lines are provided to assist student players. This piece should be approached like a wind chorale with bucket-muted brass playing smooth legato articulations. Strategically placed dynamic contrasts add to the appeal of this innovative work. A guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson is included in each set. Duration: 4:50.
Description: This is an easy version of the blues with a slight harmonic twist. Almost all of the work here is performed by sections rather than the full ensemble. This chart doesn't call for great dynamic range or intricate technique. Instead, playing in good time through the individual solo and section features is the priority. Solos can be opened up to all; optional written solos are provided.
Product Number: 12341081
Series: Jazz Ensemble (Ensemble/False) Price:$55.00
Description: Built on an extended 16-bar minor blues, this relaxed original shifts between two and four feels to create subtle contrasts within the swing style. Ideal for advancing groups and dedicated to the Compass Jazz Quartet, it features an open solo section for guitar, trumpet or trombone. A guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson is included in each set. Duration: 4:10.
Description: It's not very often that you see the name Mozart appears on a jazz chart! Mark Taylor cranks up the creative juices as he features a light samba groove on a familiar classical theme. Slipping into a swing style on occasion, this attractive setting features nicely scored ensemble passages, solos for tenor and drums, and a unison chorus for the full ensemble.
Description: Written for and recorded by the Sammy Nestico Orchestra on the CD This Is The Moment, this minor blues explores a variety of colors within the full-band setting. For this reason, striving for good blend on the alto/trumpet and tenor/trombone figures are very important. If possible, the guitarist should comp most of his/her part rather than playing it in straight time.