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New Advanced Jazz from Hal Leonard Thursday, October 27, 2011

If you are in need of something new to interest your Advanced Jazz Ensemble, Stanton’s suggests these charts from Hal Leonard Jazz:

OUT BACK OF THE BARN
arr. Mike Tomaro, Swing Jazz Ensemble Library Gr.4
What better instrument to feature on a bluesy “bump and grind” swinger like this than baritone sax? Written in a medium slow 12/8 feel, this chart will make your entire band sound great, plus allow an often neglected player to really shine.

LULLABY OF BIRDLAND
arr. John Wasson, Swing Professional Editions Gr.5
Arranged in a medium up tempo swing style and featuring an alto sax soloist at the top, here is a fabulous setting of this jazz standard for mature bands. Also featured is an extended sax soli with flugelhorn doubling the lead, as week as answers from the brass and shout sections for the entire band.

WHAT IS HIP?
arr. Mike Tomaro
Funk Little Big Band Series Gr.5
Although this isn’t a big band arrangement, it’s worth mentioning because it’s in the Little Big Band Series. This series, numbering twenty-three charts, are arranged by a couple of the top Hal Leonard arrangers and are a perfect fit for your advanced jazz ensemble that doesn’t quite have the full instrumentation. Oh yeah, this particular T.O.P. is tres cool!

(EVERYBODY’S WAITIN’ FOR) THE MAN WITH THE BAG
arr. Rick Stitzel
Swing Vocal Solo w/Jazz Ensemble Gr.5
Composed in the ’50s, this entertaining holiday tune has been recorded notably by Kay Starr and more recently by the Brian Setzer Orchestra. A dynamic and swingin’ addition to any holiday concert. (Key: Ab)

For more great recommendations, contact “The Jazz Guy” in Stanton’s band department!

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