Jazz Band

Easy * Easy-Medium 

All Easy Jazz Band charts are currently written for 5 saxes, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, and full rhythm section.

Mr. Cool - St. John's recommended for 2011

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Mr. Cool is the perfect chart for directors to use when starting a jazz band for the first time. It is a modal straight riff tune that uses only one chord throughout. It is the perfect opportunity to focus on teaching the swing style, jazz articulations, and some opportunities to introduce improvisation to students who have little to no experience playing jazz.

Sleepwalk

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Sleepwalk is a jump swing chart following the tradition of Sing, Sing, Sing.  Repetitive riffs are played by all instruments throughout that are guaranteed to get the performers and listeners excited about this chart.

Front of the Train - Harknett Music recommended for 2011

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There's nothing like a good Latin tune for starting a conga line and there's nothing like being at the front of that line. That's what Front of the Train is all about: a simple melody and a catchy beat that anyone can easily dance to.

Rough Copy - Harknett Music recommended for 2011

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Rough Copy is an original funk tune primarily made up of catchy riffs and licks.  Although it is composed in cut time to create a laid back, funk feel, the eighth notes are to be swung. This helps keep the chart nice and light.

Mission: Secret - Steve's Music recommended for 2011

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Mission: Secret is a classic spy tune written using a 12-bar blues form.  It mostly comprises of a catchy bass line riff with a simple, sustained melody over top.  Those instruments playing the riff (tenors, baritone sax, trombones, and rhythm section) are to remain consistent throughout the entire piece, as they create the energetic drive for the song.

Something Modal

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Mission: Secret is a classic spy tune written using a 12-bar blues form.  It mostly comprises of a catchy bass line riff with a simple, sustained melody over top.  Those instruments playing the riff (tenors, baritone sax, trombones, and rhythm section) are to remain consistent throughout the entire piece, as they create the energetic drive for the song.

You Must Know - Steve's Music recommended for 2011

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You Must Know opens with a fun mixture of syncopated rhythms and the power of a rock chart that will grab anyone's attention.    This samba tune is meant to be played with lots of energy using an upbeat tempo to keep the excitement going throughout.

Ye Merry Gents - co-arranged with David Marlatt

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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen is a famous and popular Christmas carol. This arrangement is presented in two very different ways. One section is a slow and mysterious with a steady low voice ostinato and muted trumpets above, while the other section is an upbeat swing with a walking bass line with cool harmonies and backgrounds. Trumpets, saxes and and trombones all get opportunities with melody in the swing section.

She's Gone Mad

Another popular Main Swing Connection jump swing chart that is orchestrated from your beginning jazz band. She's Gone Mad has a repetitive riff-like melody that follows the harmonic changes played by the rhythm section. This chart is also a great way to introduce or reinforce the concept of call/response and provides ample opportunity for your students to practice their improvising skills. A sure winner with your students and listeners.

Show Me You Love Me

This chart composed in a standard twelve-bar, boogie-woogie blues style. Multiple challenging melodies are used with ample opportunities for your students to improvise solos in a call/response or a free improv. With lots of original melodies and use of the traditional big band style, this tune will be a favourite to listeners of all ages.

All Easy-Medium Jazz Band charts are currently written for 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, and full rhythm section.

Baby

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Baby is a ballad that uses a light, shuffle feel that features a band’s lead alto sax player.  Written using the standard AABA form, the chart also highlights the trumpet section in the introduction, bridge, and coda sections.

Oh So Fine - St. John's and Harknett Music recommended for 2011

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Oh So Fine is a light, feel-good funk chart. Written in the classic style, it features an opening by the bass player. Then the rest of the rhythm section enters to help generate the groove of this chart.

Big V - St. John's and Harknett Music recommended for 2011

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This chart is dedicated to one of the composer’s colleagues, Brian Vincent. This piece reflects his personality as it is a high energy, consistent, and catchy rock tune.

Down and Out

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Down and Out is a mellow, laid back blues chart. It uses the traditional 12 bar blues changes and the standard AAB form for the melody. After a strong opening, the piece moves into the main melody, by introducing it using the style of Miles Davis’ So What. Once the head has been set, the chart then begins to build towards the solo section, through the use of a shout chorus and some stop time figures.

Disco Funk - by David Marlatt - arranged by Ryan Meeboer

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This tune is a fun piece built upon simple harmonies and backgrounds gradually layering more and more voices. It is not too difficult and would require a minimum of rehearsal to put together. Fun and funky!