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NEW for High School Jazz Ensemble Wednesday, January 08, 2020

cerebro congelado gordon goodwinrecommended by Ben H., Jazz Specialist

Cerebro Congelado by Gordon Goodwin, Grade 3.5
A Latin-pop original, that’s kind of funky, targeted at the skilled high school level. It’s played around 176 BPM with lead trumpet range to written high C. Sample solos are provided for all instruments and the Latin percussion part includes bongos, congas, cowbell, and shaker. Optional vibes, flute, F horn, and tuba. It’s very hip.

Stablemates by Benny Golson/arr. Mike Kamuf, Grade 3
This wonderful jazz standard swings at 160 BPM with the opening melody line played by alto, tenor, trumpet, and trombone. Sample jazz solos are provided for tenor 1, trumpet 2, drums, and the lead trumpet range is up to written B-flat above the staff. Sax solis, a shout chorus, and superb writing throughout create a top-shelf chart.

big mouth jeff jarvisBig Mouth by Jeff Jarvis, Medium
This chart has all the characteristics that make Jeff Jarvis’ funk charts so popular with jazz bands everywhere. Written in the style of Tower of Power, frequent articulations are provided for the horns and the rhythm parts. Everyone has interesting and challenging parts to play throughout, and the solo changes are very accessible.

In Your Own Sweet Way by Dave Brubeck/arr. John Wasson, Grade 4
One of Dave Brubeck’s most famous compositions, this ballad has been recorded by such luminaries as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Wes Montgomery. Arranged here in an easy flowing swing style, John Wasson’s chart takes full advantage of the many colors of the entire jazz ensemble along with a rich harmonic palette. Solos are included for alto sax and trumpet.

turning point doug beachTurning Point by Doug Beach, Medium
Looking for an exciting opener that breaks away from the 12-bar blues format? This medium level swing chart has everything you need! The strong introduction leads right into the exciting minor based melody. Plenty of exciting ensemble work, an open solo section (written or ad lib) and a sax soli round out the package.

Contact us for more ideas for your jazz band, 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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