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kendor-60410-frecommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Kick It by Kris Berg, Grade 2
We welcome Kris Berg to the Kendor family of writers with this fun and energetic chart written in a New Orleans 2nd line groove over a C7 blues. After the band trades licks with the drummer, the chart roars to a big ending, thunderous applause, and your audience marchin’ down the aisles! The written or ad lib solo section can be played by anyone. Featuring Kendor Konvertible scoring for 9-17 players, each set includes a guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson and optional flute, clarinet, horn in f, tuba and vibes parts.

kendor-61089-fCatwalk by Andrew Neu, Grade 3.5
This chart for advancing groups is inspired by the music of Henry Mancini and the spy movies of the 1960’s. This cool minor swing tune features alto saxophone, trumpet and guitar on the melody, and written or ad lib solos for alto and trumpet. It is also the title track for the most recent Andrew Neu Big Band CD “Catwalk” (CGN Records). A guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

kendor-61065-fBlues and More by Jeff Jarvis, Grade 3.5
As the title implies, this chart is more than just a blues – it’s scored in a blues format, but with a bridge. The tuneful melody is supported by well-articulated and dense ensemble writing. The exciting ensemble parts are supported by rich harmonies and all instruments have interesting material to play. Due to the accessible blues progression, everyone is encouraged to get into the spotlight using the solo sheets provided!

kendor-61183-fEver After by David Springfield, Grade 3.5
Written for advancing groups to feature any instrument, this beautiful ballad with trumpets on flugelhorns changes to a double-time Latin feel for the improvisation section. This is an excellent vehicle for a talented soloist from within the band or a featured guest artist. A guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson, as well as optional vibes is included in each set.

kendor-63122-fChange Up by Carl Strommen, Grade 1
Based on the chord changes to “I Got Rhythm” by George Gershwin, this bright swing chart was written especially for beginning groups. Brass ranges are accessible with trumpet up to Eb5 and D4 for trombone. Rhythm section parts provide the drummer with a solid concept of what to play, and notated piano voicings and bass lines are provided. The solo section is written out with solo sheets provided in all keys along with scales to assist students in improvisation. Featuring Kendor Konvertible scoring for 9-17 players, each set includes a guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson and optional flute, clarinet, horn in f, tuba and vibes parts.

kendor-62296-fGroove Fever by Peter Blair, Grade 1
This swing chart for beginning groups is based on the chord changes to “Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise” by Sigmund Romberg, and made famous by clarinetist/big band leader Artie Shaw. The solo section is playable by any instrument, with solo sheets provided in all keys along with scales to assist students in improvisation. Featuring Kendor Konvertible scoring for 9-17 players, each set includes a guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson and optional flute, clarinet, horn in f, tuba and vibes parts.

kendor-63310-fHello, Bluebird by Ryan Erik Adamsons, Grade 1
Based on the chord changes to “Bye Bye Blackbird” by Ray Henderson, this swinging chart is a workout for the full ensemble. Written for beginning groups, it’s a great chart to introduce swing figures on a jazz standard. Brass ranges are accessible with trumpet up to G5 and D4 for trombone. Rhythm section parts provide the drummer with a solid concept of what to play, and notated piano voicings and bass lines are provided. The solo section is written out with solo sheets provided in all keys along with scales to assist students in improvisation.

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

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