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alone together bob curnowrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Alone Together arr. Bob Curnow, Grade 4
Bob Curnow has arranged this haunting melody with lots of interesting counterpoint and harmonies throughout. It has a brief written tenor saxophone and trombone solo and is written in a comfortable range making this a must have for your band and audience!

T.O.P. Adjacent by Gordon Goodwin, Grade 6
If you want funky, this is it! In a nutshell, this is Tower of Power meets Gordon Goodwin, simple as that. Solo space provided for alto, tenor, bari, trumpet, trombone, and various rhythm players.

bolivian fantasy michael philip mossmanBolivian Fantasy by Michael Philip Mossman, Grade 5
As the title implies, this Michael Mossman original captures a Bolivian style utilizing various layers of sound and shifting moods. Trombones are featured first, but every section of the band gets a workout on this stunning piece. A stop-time section launches the tenor sax solo, and an open percussion feature sets up the powerful finish with the entire ensemble.

Sneaky Pete by Ric Flauding, Grade 4
This funky horn-driven chart weaves in and out of the boundaries with winding chromatic lines and high energy accompaniment. Solo space for tenor sax, trombone, and guitar, and the drums get several smaller opportunities, too. Trumpet range is to written high C. Trombone range is to G.

cherry juice thad jonesCherry Juice by Thad Jones, Grade 6
As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on the album New Life, this fast swing ‘opus’ starts with a full-band statement and a short piano solo before the flugelhorn soloist steps into the spotlight. Then tenor carries a solo chorus, followed by a powerful ensemble shout, an incredible sax soli, a 16-bar piano solo, a short band recap of the main theme, and closing coda.

Contact us for more recommendations for your advanced jazz ensemble, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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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