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Category: Jazz

Favorite Jazz Selections 30 July, 2018

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

sierra-smp269-fVine Street Rumble by Benny Carter, Grade 5
As originally recorded by Count Basie on the Roulette LP (Vogue CD) “Kansas City Suite – the Music of Benny Carter,” this is a medium-up Shuffle feel, with solos for tenor saxophone and piano. The sax section plays the tune in unison while the brass interject those terrific rhythmic figures that Carter wrote so well. Soft, tight ensemble passage swing like crazy and raise the roof when played yet again up an octave and very powerfully. What a joy this one is! Classic Basie!

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by Josef Zawinul/arr. Phil Wilson, Grade 4.5
As recorded by Buddy Rich on the album of the same name, this ‘fat-back’ rock classic begins with a repeated vamp featuring solo guitar and/or piano before a horn trio — alto, tenor, trumpet – paves the way for the full ensemble entrance. This is high-intensity writing for all, and solo space is reserved for tenor and guitar. A sudden switch to swing in the final bars provides a perfect ending. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued.

kendor-64006-fBig Dipper by Thad Jones, Grade 6
This new advanced level edition is taken directly from the original ink parts that were on the stands at the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra) debut performance in February 1966 and continues to be played by the group Monday nights at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Originally commissioned by Count Basie for an entire album of Thad Jones’ music, however Basie never made the record, instead suggesting that Thad start his own band. This extended 16-bar blues still maintain that swinging Basie mindset in a straight-ahead blues style. Its basic foundations are a relaxed but powerful rhythm section with a driving ride cymbal beat and crisp hi-hat, underpinning saxes and brass that are tight, and always on the back of the beat.

leon-07010238-fMoanin’ by Charles Mingus/arr. Sy Johnson, Grade 5
This up-tempo swinger has become the signature tune for the Mingus Big Band. It opens with a free-wheeling baritone sax solo and features raucous ensemble passages and group improvisations. You won’t find this chart on any easy-listening radio stations!

I Left My Heart in San Francisco arr. Quincy Jones, Grade 4
Quincy Jones wrote some incredible arrangements on very popular tunes for the Count Basie Orchestra. As recorded on “60’s – This Time By Basie,” Quincy’s arrangement of “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” features great interplay between the ensemble (melody) and the piano (solo fills, all written out). There is short solo space for tenor saxophone, and ranges are very moderate. This chart is playable by most any band. A classic!

Moten Swing arr. Ernie Wilkins, Grade 4.5
There have been a lot of published charts on this tune, but this is the original version as played by and recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra. This chart should be in every jazz band library! Wonderful roaring ensemble passages and soft, soft sections which will make your band sparkle. A guaranteed winner.

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.

Six Resources to Protect Your Hearing in Rehearsal 18 July, 2018

Wearing ear plugs is something few performing musicians do. We worry about communication and our effectiveness in playing, so we tend to forgo the plugs – but AFTER experiencing hearing loss is not the time to start worrying about protection. Here are some educational resources to help you protect one of your most valuable musical assets – your hearing!

From Belwin Jazz 22 June, 2018

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

alfred-46145-fFree Download by Victor Lopez, Grade 1
“Free Download” by Victor López is an easy-to-play Latin bossa with everything written out for the rhythm section and no individual solos. The tempo is around 148 BPM with very accessible brass ranges and plenty of optional parts to include two flutes, two clarinets, and vibraphone. The students will enjoy the title too!

Five Spot After Dark by Benny Golson/arr. Mike Story, Grade 1
A jazz standard played by all the greats, this swing chart is ideal for every young band. Played around 132 BPM, all the ingredients are here: easy tempo, easy ranges, written solos for tenor and trumpet, shout chorus, clear rhythm parts, and plenty of optional parts to include vibes. This one hits the spot!

alfred-46158-fSo Danco Samba arr. Victor Lopez, Grade 2
This great samba that alternates with a brief swing feel. This great samba alternates with a brief swing feel. The tempo is around 158 BPM and it’s tasty with some clever quotes you’ll recognize. Features include written solos for tenor sax, a few piano montuna interludes, and accessible brass ranges. This is a fine Latin samba chart!

Cheep Shot by Kris Berg, Grade 3
We’re back with another chicken-titled funk chart! Written solos are provided for trumpet and tenor but you could add guitar if desired. Lead trumpet range is too written B-flat above the staff with optional high C. The chart is played around 160 BPM and has a great bass part and a sweet drum backbeat too.

alfred-30645-fMakin’ Whoopee by Walter Donaldson/arr. Dave Wolpe, Grade 6
Bass ‘bone players can count on one hand the good charts available for their instrument. Well, here is one of the best, arranged by Dave Wolpe. A medium-swing feel, this showcase will bring the best out in your bass trombone player with no improvisation, just written melody. There is some (written-out) jazz for 2nd trumpet in harmony mute, and the lead trumpet has a unison line to written high E. A nice sax soli is the icing on this cake. An outstanding feature chart.

The Nutcracker Suite arr. Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington, Grade 6
This edition of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” arranged in 1960 by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, was assembled from the original manuscripts held in the Strayhorn Repository and the Ellington Collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. For purposes of accuracy, the manuscripts were cross-checked carefully with the original Duke Ellington Orchestra recording (Columbia CS 8341).

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.

New Year, New Look! 18 June, 2018

new-year-new-lookNotice anything different about us?

We’ve launched our newly redesigned website for musicians and educators to compare all music options, organize titles for personal and professional use, and share their passion for musical expression. The new website is designed to improve your search results and reduce research stress.

“We’ve been working on this website for three years now. The features we are most excited for are the advanced search bar and music-specific filters that offer you more opportunities to find sheet music that fits your educational or performance goals,” said David Ginter, technical manager.

Our search bar is optimized for music specific searches. You can search by instrument, voicing, keyword, full title, composer, artist, arranger, series, or catalog number. However, remember – less is more. If you want to be even more specific, click on our advanced search and type in as much information as you have.

CaptureIf you still have too many results after hitting enter, click on the photo to the left to reveal the filter! All you’ll have to do is chose the tab you want and it will grow to show you how every item is grouped. Say you searched the word “Star,” but you only want to see SAB music – the voicing tab will tell you how many SAB selections are in this search.

We are also introducing new Social Media and Reprise pages. These pages archive our social and email announcements to allow our non-social media users access to our news and product recommendation. You can check in with the Social Media page for a weekly snapshot of what’s happening at Stanton’s and easily follow us without ever logging in.

You can stop scrolling back months at time to find that email with that title you can’t remember the name of, but you know would be perfect! Visit our Reprise page and only look through our emails without any distractions.

“The website is a resource where music directors can easily see, listen, and learn new products that best fit their ensemble needs. What we’ve created is a large music library database. With that database we can help directors and musicians compare ideas, organize their selections, and share with their ensemble and the audiences they reach,” says President, Eric Strouse.

JAZZ in the Classroom 19 February, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Introduce the world of jazz to your elementary music students! These great new resources will immerse your students in music through singing, playing, and improvising.

leon-00124232-fPlay-Along with Jazz by Tom Anderson
Your students will riff from the rafters with this collection written specifically for classroom instruments. Styles that groove like dixie, swing, bebop and hard bop are introduced in a sequence that reflects the overall history of jazz as well as levels of difficulty. Scat singing is optional but can add a boppin’ alternative to playing instruments so all students can participate. Basic drumming feels are included for even more play-along opportunities. Stand back and let the music-making begin. Swing, stomp and riff until everyone is in the groove! Full scores and helpful teacher tips with optional unpitched percussion ostinatos are provided, along with digital access to play-along audio recordings and separate PDFs of the Orff instrument and recorder parts. Songs include: Saints’ Stomp, Riff Raff, Swing’s the Thing, Boppin’ Robin, A la Mode, Hard Bop Candy. Suggested for grades 4-8.

lorenz-75_1052h-fRecorder Jazz Time by Darren Fellowes
A young musician’s first introduction to jazz can be a powerful experience. This book makes jazz accessible to beginning recorder players by giving straightforward instruction on jazz concepts before each piece. A piano accompaniment includes more extensive jazz music to make the recorder player a part of an authentic jazz experience. The CD also includes backing tracks with piano and other instruments appropriate for each song. Most songs use only the natural notes on the recorder, with a few instances of F-sharp and B-flat. Suggested for grades 3-6.

leon-502676Jazz for Young People, Volume 1: New Orleans & Jelly Roll Morton by Sharon Burch & Wynton Marsalis
Introduce students to jazz through great literature combined with learn by doing! The first of ten volumes, Jazz for Young People includes step-by-step lessons that combine content and audio/video recordings of Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center artists with interactive student learning, including classroom instruments that every music teacher already owns or can easily afford. This easy-to-present resource is designed for a teacher who may or may not be trained in America’s art form – bringing jazz to the next generation. DIGITAL DOWNLOADS include step-by-step lesson slides to project, audio recordings of each song and Wynton Marsalis sharing background information, as well as reproducible activity/assessment worksheets, plus free access to corresponding video clips for each lesson. Perfect for the general music classroom (grades 2 and up), beginning jazz ensembles and community jazz education courses. Volume 2: Louis Armstrong is also newly available!

Find more classroom resources on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

Prep for Summer Jazz Festivals 08 December, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

It may be cold outside, but this is the time of year to think about all of the upcoming spring and summer jazz festivals. Here is our list of classic showstoppers guaranteed to make a lasting impression!

sierra-smp240-fBig Swing Face by Bill Potts, Grade 5
This is the real thing, as written for and recorded by the Buddy Rich Band on the Big Swing Face CD. It is a medium-up swing chart that provides plenty of solo space for alto sax (al la Ernie Watts), piano (a la Ray Starling) and trumpet (a la Bobby Shew). Features a terrific saxophone section soli. Buddy’s band played this one a lot! Big Band Swing at its best!

Computer by Bob Mintzer, Grade 4.5
As recorded by the Bob Mintzer Big Band on Incredible Journey, a recurring melodic motif, driving funk groove, and fully-voiced harmonic landscape give this chart real substance and audience appeal. Solos are assigned to alto and tenor sax, and paying very careful attention to articulations throughout will yield best results. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued.

alfred-jlcm01005-fSuch Sweet Thunder by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, Grade 5
Warner Bros. Publications is proud to present this important series, Jazz at Lincoln Center Library. Each selection was selected by the Center’s musical director, Wynton Marsalis. Each transcription is direct from the recordings of the immortal Duke Ellington, and they are not only authentic, they are perfect for your jazz ensemble. Features information about the original recording, rehearsal notes from Jon Faddis and Brent Wallarab, and performance suggestions from Wynton Marsalis. These classic tunes represent jazz at its finest!

Blue Rondo a la Turk by Dave Brubeck/arr. Kris Berg, Grade 5
A show-stopping tour de force! Dave Brubeck’s fabulous tune from his classic quartet album Time Out. Arranger Kris Berg worked hard on this chart to capture the essence of Brubeck. The meter changes from 9/8 to 12/8 Afro-Cuban groove with the Brubeck rhythm patterns. Solo space for alto 1, trumpet 2 and drums. Lead trumpet goes up to high C. This is an exceptional chart for concert or festival!

barn-036-0279-00a-fOpen Wide by Don Ellis/arr. Bob Lowden, Grade 5.5
This incredible Don Ellis chart was the highlight of his best-selling ‘Live At Montreux’ Album. Intense jazz samba that features the trumpet…naturally!

Satin Doll arr. Sammy Nestico, Grade 5.5
This is the authentic Nestico arrangement as recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra! Opening with a piano introduction, this medium swing chart progresses through statements by the saxes, expertly woven brass figures, and shouting ensemble sections. Includes solo space for trumpet, tenor and piano. This definitive version is a masterpiece of arranging craftsmanship!

kendor-4500-fBig Dipper by Thad Jones, Grade 4.5
As recorded by the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra on Central Park North (Solid State #18058), this classic swinger is a winning mix of solo-with-rhythm-section and full-band passages. Designated soloists include piano, trumpet and tenor, with the drummer taking a solo just before the final four bars. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued.

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 serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


NEW for High School Jazz Ensemble 15 November, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Some much jazz and so little time!!! That’s why The Jazz Guy at Stanton’s has slogged through the quagmire of new jazz music and selected the very best for teaching as well as performing. Whether it’s a ballad featuring your hot tenor player or the latest samba, we’ve done the legwork for you. Still unsure? We can send up to 6 choice selections to you on a 21-Day trial to read with your band. Instrumentation not the greatest but you have advanced players? The Jazz Guy knows that you still need to present them with challenging music. Check out the Little Big Band Series. Real music for real players!

leon-07012982-fMr. Funkyman! by Mark Taylor, Grade 4
Every band needs a good funk chart to add to its festival or concert repertoire and Mr. Funkyman! from Mark Taylor is sure to fit the bill. Using a moderate tempo, the rhythm section churns throughout as the brass and saxes provide powerful riffs and punches. This is also a rare chance for your guitarist to turn loose on a solo!

One for Daddy-O by Nat Adderley/arr. Mike Tomaro, Grade 4
This minor blues was written by Nat Adderley for Chicago DJ, Holmes “Daddy-O” Daylie and was first heard on Cannonball Adderley’s seminal album, “Somethin’ Else.” This well-crafted arrangement swings just like the original, and includes a flexible solo section for any soloist. Written-out bass lines and piano voicings are included as well as chord/scale sheets in all keys. Highly recommended!

leon-07012918-fThe Sweetest Sounds arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 4
Although originally composed for the 1962 musical No Strings, this Richard Rodgers song has become a familiar standard often recorded by jazz artists. Beautifully arranged here as a solo vehicle for alto sax, Mark Taylor’s setting in a moderate samba groove features the soaring lyricism of the original melody along with plenty of spots for the full ensemble to shine as well.

New Rhumba by Ahmad Jamal/arr. Erik Morales, Grade 3
Played around 160 BPM, this jazz standard was originally recorded by Miles Davis and has now been arranged by Erik Morales. This superb chart is a funky-swing version to provide a contemporary flavor. Solos are provided for tenor and trumpet 2. Brass ranges are accessible with some great sax section solis. Wonderful chart.

alfred-46163-fThis Can’t Be Love arr. Scott Ragsdale, Grade 3
This hot samba is played around 190–200 BPM. The trombones grab the melody and are featured throughout with written suggested solos for ‘bones 1 and 2. Lead trumpet range is to written A above the staff and the usual optional parts to include vibes.

Acronym Blues by Doug Beach, Medium
Commissioned by friends and colleagues of noted music educator Cliff Kaminsky, this medium level piece is dedicated to his memory. This hard driving shuffle has plenty of ensemble work for everyone and is a perfect choice as an opener or closer. A written or ad lib open solo section for blowing is included, with solo sheets provided for all.

kendor-61165-fEdge of the Earth by Jeff Jarvis, Grade 4
This chart conjures up mental images of driving on a curvy mountain road overlooking a picturesque desert valley. This exciting chart for advancing groups has a driving 12/8 funk feel that is sure to engage your band and audiences with its relentless intensity – but without excessive brass range demands (trumpet: D6 and trombone: G4). The harmonies are sturdy and the melodies are memorable. All instrumental sections have interesting, well-articulated parts and solo space is provided for guitar and piano. A guitar chord chard by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

Art of the Matter by David Springfield, Grade 4
Inspired by the music of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, this medium swing original for advancing groups features a combo style melody and a hard-driving rhythmic feel. The written or ad lib solo section can be played by any player, and there is plenty of space for drum fills throughout. Notated piano voicings and bass lines are provided, and a guitar chord chard by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

Find more repertoire for high school jazz ensembles on our website, or contact us for more information. 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 serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


Curious About Copyright? 15 August, 2017

Find practical answers and information geared toward music educators and directors with the new COPYRIGHT HANDBOOK

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Copyright is a challenging but important subject in music education.  Most of us have a very limited understanding of it, and have had no formal training or education provided, yet it applies to every facet of being a music educator.  Literally meaning the right to copy or reproduce, copyright law is designed to protect creators from having their works essentially stolen rather than purchased.  Education has a very special caveat regarding copyright law, fair use, however, this does not mean unlimited use or reproduction.  While this special relationship complicates our understanding, it makes it all the more important to know what is permissible and do what is right.  Likewise, ever-changing digital technology and the internet make copyright that much more complicated and important.

Thankfully Alfred’s new Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors provides us with a guide geared especially for the classroom and rehearsal hall.  Written by music education industry professionals, it provides a very practical approach to copyright law as it applies to performing musicians and teachers based on experience.  It is well laid out and easy-to-use, reasonably priced, and most importantly, directly applicable!  When you know better, you do better, so grab a copy and familiarize yourself with what you should and should not do – you might discover things that you can do that you never realized!  You might even find yourself helping your school or district to better operate within the law, and more importantly, set a good example for your students.

Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors
Pam Phillips & Andrew Surmani
Alfred Publishing                                                                 $19.99
The Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors provides a concise overview of the key aspects of copyright law that affect music educators and directors in the United States. Designed to provide answers to the most common questions raised by educators and directors, this resource makes it easy to find specific answers and is arranged in a user-friendly question-and-answer format. For ease of use, a thorough Glossary of Terms and an extensive Index are included. Not meant to replace legal counsel, the Copyright Handbook is a starting point for music educators and directors with questions concerning copyright. Topics: How to determine if a work is protected by copyright * The use of print music and lyrics * The use of audio * The use of video * Digital products and the Internet * Performance rights * Composing and arranging.

Also Available:
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law
Music Copyright Law

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey (especially the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


First Lessons in Piano Improv 11 July, 2017

00159521_CoverWhether the goal is to be a classical or a jazz performer, improvisation provides an avenue to engage more deeply in learning the rules and patterns of music. Good improvisers become native speakers of musical language and not just readers of notes, and that idea is what provided the inspiration for “First Lessons in Piano Improv” by classical and jazz pianist Jeremy Siskind. Aimed toward the classically-trained late elementary/early intermediate pianist (and their teacher), this clearly-written guide takes pianists through fun, easy exercises, providing helpful tips and guidelines along the way. Siskind writes: “We are often told that improvisation simply means making stuff up. While that is technically true, it is important to note that some improvisations are better than others. A good improvisation, like any good piece of music, should be rhythmic, cohesive, logical, and feel complete. The book demonstrates how to learn the rules of music through improvisation so that when you improvise, you are making up good stuff.”  For more information about this book and others like it, call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at www.stantons.com.


Summer Jazz Piano Fun! 07 July, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Summer is the perfect time for piano teachers to try something different. Introduce your students to creative music making with these popular books by Bradley Sowash, a renowned piano educator specializing in improvisation who just happens to live Ohio.

kjos-494295Creative Chords is a unique two-book series designed to teach beginning students who have mastered basic keyboard skills how to improvise! Each book comes with unique code to access videos and backing tracks in which the author demonstrates how to play well-known melodies by ear, improvise embellishments and variations, add chords and accompaniment styles, and create full-sounding arrangements based on their own tastes and preferences. Teachers, even those with a limited background in improvisation, will agree this is a must-have for balancing the ear and the eye for playing today’s music!

That’s Jazz, a nine-book series, is the perfect avenue for motivating late elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!

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.


Jazz Charts for College & Pros – Grade 5+ 23 June, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

kendor-507101Beautiful Dreamer arr. Pete McGuinness
This 2015 Grammy-nominated arrangement was recorded by the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra on Strength In Numbers (Summit Records). The original Stephen Foster waltz is refitted here as a medium-bright tempo samba in 4/4 time. The 1st alto has an optional double on soprano, and solos are included for piano and alto/soprano sax.

Beneath the Mask by Bob Washut
Commissioned by the University of New Mexico Jazz Band I, this chart for proficient groups is an even-eighth jazz waltz that features lead alto and guitar (or piano). The lead trumpet player is showcased with some soaring lyrical lines, and all trumpets double on flugelhorn.

leon-507233Chachanita by Michael Philip Mossman
Nobody does cha-cha like Michael Mossman. This inventive original features a smooth harmonic structure and a nice blend of inventive melodies with carefully crafted accompaniment figures. The solo section is open for any player, and this is followed by a driving double time groove. Appealing and dynamic all rolled into one chart!

Inner Urge arr. Mark Taylor
Composed by jazz legend Joe Henderson, this uptempo swingin’ burner from Mark Taylor features a mesmerizing groove and masterful scoring. Opening with a trio of tenor, guitar and vibes, layers of sound are gradually added to create a powerhouse effect. Includes solo space for tenor and feature spots for the brass section and saxes.

Find more great options like these on our website! Contact us for more information, 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 serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


“Vocalist’s Corner” – Vocal with BIG BAND 17 May, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

leon-502271Who Walks In When I Walk Out arr. Rick Stitzel
Famously recorded by Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong, here’s a medium swinger from the early days of jazz that makes a perfect showcase for a charismatic vocal soloist (optional duet for female and male). Everyone will have fun with this nostalgic romp! (Can also be performed using a duet of trumpet and tenor sax)

Route 66 arr. Mark Taylor
Composed in 1946 and recorded by countless artists over the years, here’s a jazz standard that never goes out of style! Mark’s medium tempo chart features a shuffle groove and feature spots for the band trading phrases with a solo trumpet. Fun for the singer and band alike.

leon-07012714-fHello arr. Paul Murtha
From Adele’s third album, this record-setting power ballad took the pop charts by storm and helped put the British singer back in the spotlight. This arrangement for vocal soloist (opt. alto sax) is beautifully paced, starting with just piano accompaniment then gradually building intensity as the full band joins in.

Lover Come Back to Me arr. Mark Taylor
This familiar standard, first popular in the ’20s and ’30s, has been revisited over the years in a variety of styles. Here is an attractive, smooth samba version for vocal solo (opt. tenor sax) that includes a feature spot for the saxes accompanied by the vocalist in a vocalese style. A marvelous change of pace for festival or concert use.

Find more great options like these on our website! Contact us for more information, 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 serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


Music Major Graduation Gifts – Jazz Studies 05 May, 2017

The world of a musician or collegiate music major is often foreign and strange to those outside of the profession. Parents, family and friends are often at a loss as to what graduation gifts might be most useful to high school graduates who plan to major in music, or college graduates pursuing music as a profession. The members of our knowledgeable staff at Stanton’s have all been in their shoes, and we recommend these gifts (in a variety of price ranges) that WE could have used when we graduated!

For HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES becoming Jazz Studies majors:

aberso-v01-fHow To Play Jazz and Improvise by Jamey Aebersold, $19.95
This book includes chapters on scales/chords, developing creativity, improv and modes, practical exercises/patterns and licks, dominant 7th tree of scale choices, nomenclature, chromaticism, scale syllabus, and more. This complete improvisation set, along with Volume 24, MAJOR AND MINOR, can greatly open your ears and improve your playing. Did you know? To date there are over 130 different Play-Along books from Jamey Aebersold. Click here to see some of our favorites!

The Real Book Vol. 1, $39.99
The Real Books are the best-selling jazz books of all time. Since the 1970s, musicians have trusted these volumes to get them through every gig, night after night. The problem is that the books were illegally produced and distributed, without any regard to copyright law, or royalties paid to the composers who created these musical masterpieces.

Hal Leonard is very proud to present the first legitimate and legal editions of these books ever produced. You won’t even notice the difference, other than that all of the notorious errors have been fixed: the covers and typeface look the same, the song list is nearly identical, and the price for our edition is even cheaper than the original! Every conscientious musician will appreciate that these books are now produced accurately and ethically, benefiting the songwriters that we owe for some of the greatest tunes of all time!

For COLLEGE GRADUATES in Jazz Performance and Education:

aria light and manhassett standManhassett Music Stand, $61.95
Aria Brio Music Stand Light, $129.95
Gigging musicians never know what they’re going to find when they arrive at a job. Floppy stands, bad lighting (or no lighting at all!) and no access to an electrical outlet are common problems. This Manhasset stand is the choice of musicians everywhere; sturdy, lightweight, and relatively easy to transport. The Aria Brio Stand Light comes with an LED bulb that lasts for up to 100,000 hours and a rechargeable battery. Use it plugged in when you can, or charge it ahead of time for 3.5-15 hours of light (depending on brightness).

gia-g7268-fTeaching Music Through Performance in Jazz, $25.95-$46.95
The Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz series brings together insights from top jazz educators and invaluable analysis of the best repertoire published for jazz ensembles. Leading jazz educators and musicians contribute chapters on topics such as: “Why Teach Jazz?” by Wynton Marsalis; “A Multi-Cultural Approach to Jazz Education” by Ronald Carter; “Rehearsal Techniques: A Holistic Approach Integrating Composition, Improvisation, Theory, and Cultural Considerations in the Rehearsal” by Ron McCurdy; “The Rhythm Section: The Band within the Band” by Reginald Thomas; and “Promoting a High School Jazz Band” by Ron Modell. In addition, this book includes Teacher Resource Guides to more than 65 of the top jazz charts, broken down into developing, intermediate, and advanced categories. Each Teacher Resource Guide includes vital information on the composer, the composition, historical background, technical requirements, stylistic considerations, musical elements, form and structure, listening suggestions, and additional references. Available titles include Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz Vol. 1 & 2, as well as Teaching Music Through Performance in Beginning Jazz. Books and CD sets sold separately.

Don’t forget to give your graduate Stanton’s phone number: 1-800-42-MUSIC! Our staff is a great resource with music knowledge and teaching experience, and full of ideas!


Little Big Band 17 April, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

c7118-jazzbandThese charts are arranged in the “Little Big Band” series – especially for smaller programs with relatively advanced players. Each is scored for 6 horns (3 saxes, 2 trumpets and trombone), and include optional parts to add alto, tenor, and trombone.

Birdland arr. Rick Stitzel
Josef Zawinul and Weather Report turned the jazz world on its ear with this iconic fusion composition from the 1977 album Heavy Weather. Arranged here for 6 horns and rhythm section, this straight 8th note version retains all the drive and uplifting energy of the original.

Caravan arr. Michael Philip Mossman
This Ellington favorite adapts beautifully to the small band format in the skilled hands of Michael Mossman. The classic tune (samba with swing on the bridge) is still there, but with a contemporary twist!

leon-507369Billie’s Bounce arr. Mike Tomaro
Here is a fresh take on the bebop blues classic by Charlie Parker. The chart starts out in a funk style and then alternates with swing sections. Soloists have a chance to improvise in both styles.

Corn Bread arr. Mark Taylor
Similar to Lee Morgan’s famous “Sidewinder,” this tune is written in a moderate soul jazz vein. Mark’s funky arrangement for 6 horns and rhythm section is sprinkled with stop time breaks and catchy riffs. A fun tune for soloing!

Find more great options like these on our website! Contact us for more information, 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 serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


NEW for Jazz Ensemble – Grade 3.5-4 06 March, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Gibraltar arr. Mike Kamuf
Freddie Hubbard’s “Gibraltar” is a jazz standard recorded by all the greats. A very hip samba played at around 180 BPM, written-out solos provided for trumpet 2 and tenor sax 2, plenty of action for the drummer, and lead trumpet range to written A. There are a few snippets of Freddie Hubbard licks throughout. A smokin’ chart in every way!

Modern Pecknology by Kris Berg
“Modern Pecknology” – it’s the chicken-themed funk chart! A clever title, and it’s certainly a clever chart. This Kris Berg composition opens with the sound of the barnyard and then it gets funky immediately with a very cool bass part. The tempo is around 110 BPM with the lead trumpet range to written B above the staff. A suggested written tenor solo is provided along with chord changes for trombone 1. A great groove that settles in and stays funky.

El Abrazo by Alan Baylock
Here is a truly stunning, unforgettable chart! The ballad beginning and ending will bring tears to your eyes – it’s that beautiful. The chart then moves to a samba around 110 BPM for the half note. Lead trumpet range is to written high C and there is a tenor solo with chord changes. You won’t forget this chart! As recorded on Alan Baylocks’ CD Prime Time.

Love Beams by Mark Taylor
Originally composed by Mark Taylor four decades earlier, “Love Beams” proves its staying power with a new recording on Mark’s big band CD To the Edge. With its easy going bossa style and gently flowing melodies, we’re sure it will be around at least for another four decades!

Overjoyed arr. Mark Taylor
This wonderful classic ballad recorded by Stevie Wonder is set here as a feature for tenor sax. Beautifully accompanied by piano only in the beginning, a mellow accompaniment follows (with flugels and bones in buckets) as a medium bossa tempo settles in.

Popo arr. Mike Tomaro
Shorty Rogers was one of the primary creators of West Coast jazz, both as a composer and performer. “Popo” is a great example of a cool blues in a medium tempo, with solo space for any player.

Samba de Orphee arr. Kris Berg
A classic samba played around 208 BPM. “Samba de Orphee” arranged by Kris Berg is bright, happy, upbeat, and festive throughout with the initial melody stated by alto 1 and trumpet 2 with solo chord changes for each. The groove switches to swing midway, then back to the samba feel. A great tune, and superb arrangement from top to bottom.

A Hefti Dose of Basie by Patrick Williams
As performed by Patrick William’s big band on his brilliant CD Home Suite Home – this chart is a marvel of taste and restraint. The tempo is slow at around 74 BPM. This outstanding ballad has a trumpet 2 solo with chord changes. Brass range is not an issue, the challenge is the slow tempo. Soon to be a classic chart in everyone’s library.

Find more pieces like these in the Jazz Ensemble category on Stanton’s Listening Library, or visit our main site. Contact us for more information, 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 serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


Jazz for Young People 27 January, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialist and Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Jazz for Young People, Volume 1: New Orleans & Jelly Roll Morton by Sharon Burch & Wynton Marsalis
Introduce students to jazz through great literature combined with learning by doing! The first of ten volumes, Jazz for Young People includes step-by-step lessons that combine content and audio/video recordings of Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center artists with interactive student learning, including classroom instruments that every music teacher already owns or can easily afford. This easy-to-present resource is designed for a teacher who may or may not be trained in America’s art form – bringing jazz to the next generation. Digital downloads include: step-by-step lesson slides to project, audio recordings of each song and Wynton Marsalis sharing background information, as well as reproducible activity/assessment worksheets. Plus! You will have FREE access to corresponding video clips for each lesson. Perfect for the general music classroom (grades 2 and up), beginning jazz ensembles and community jazz education courses.

This is the first of 10 volumes in the “Jazz for Young People” series – we’ll be sure to update you as new volumes become available! Find more classroom music resources and jazz resources on our website, and contact us for more information – remember to shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

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 serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


NEW for Vocal Jazz Ensembles 30 December, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Teaching vocal jazz, either as its own ensemble or as a supplement to a concert choir environment, provides great potential to choral programs. Through jazz repertoire, singers are given a unique opportunity to sharpen musical skills including intonation, sight-reading, and ensemble development. Here are a few new publications for ensembles at varying difficulty levels to get you started:

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square arr. Kirby Shaw
For over seven decades, this song, written during World War II has held an emotional connection with music-lovers for its nostalgic longing for happier times. This a cappella setting offers an accessible option to vocal jazz and concert choirs and opportunities for building style and technique.

Old Devil Moon arr. Mac Huff
Now available for mixed choirs, this popular standard from “Finian’s Rainbow” really swings, making it a great showcase for jazz, show and concert choirs!

‘Tain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It) arr. Rosana Eckert
Here is a song written in the big band era, first sung by jazz vocalist, Ella Fitzgerald, in 1939 and ideal for introducing beginning and developing groups to swing style. In the Discovery Series, it’s perfect for building jazz diction and rhythmic skills.

Blue Skies arr. Mark Hayes
Irving Berlin’s much-recorded song from 1926 takes a sultry and sophisticated turn with this dynamic, jazzy arrangement that includes optional rhythm, flugelhorn and flute. The song is a symbol of cheer of being in love. “Blue days, all of them gone. Nothing but blue skies from now on.” An American Songbook treasure.

Two great resources to explore are The Vocal Jazz Ensemble by Paris Rutherford and The Complete Guide to Teaching Vocal Jazz by Steve Zegree. Contact us for personalized sheet music recommendations for your ensemble, or visit us online at stantons.com!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Join us at The Midwest Clinic! 08 December, 2016

midwest-clinic-mastheadby Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to be exhibiting at The Midwest Clinic for our third consecutive year on December 14-16, 2016!

Join band specialists Kent White, Ken Tilger, and Kris Lehman, “The Jazz Guy” Ben Huntoon, as well as technology guru/computer ninja David Ginter and Stanton’s Sheet Music President Eric Strouse at McCormick Place, Booth #1227. Browse and shop hundreds of titles for wind band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, and solo & ensemble, gift items, and more while taking advantage of their combined 100+ years of sheet music expertise. Trivia and useless knowledge provided free of charge!

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

The Lowdown
The Midwest Clinic
December 14-16, 2016
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

Booth #1227

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Wednesday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey, and all things Pittsburgh.  He’s excited to get NHLTV for Christmas so he can watch the Penguins – Let’s Go Pens!


The Stanton’s Difference: Make It A Road Trip!! 12 September, 2016

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. Over the next few weeks, we want to take the opportunity to highlight just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

Places where you can browse and buy A LOT of sheet music are hard to come by. It’s amazing how many times we hear, “It’s so nice to be able to look at music before you buy it,” and “I live in                                              , and there is nowhere like this to buy music.” This last statement includes cities like New York and Los Angeles, and has been made by some of the touring Broadway Across America musicians who come through Columbus. If you live within driving distance of Columbus, and you’re wondering if a trip to Stanton’s is worth it the answer is “absolutely!”

Who doesn’t love a road trip? We’re not as far away as you might think. Columbus is only a 2 hour drive from Cleveland and Cincinnati, and 3 hours from Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Lexington and some of the farther reaches of Ohio. Besides, Stanton’s Sheet Music is in a former A&P grocery store (complete with cupola) that has hundreds of thousands of sheet music titles in stock!

While you’re here, you are welcome to look through and compare all of the music that’s on hand. You can pull up a chair at our listening station or use the Stanton’s app on your smart phone to scan titles and listen to them throughout the store. If it’s your first time at Stanton’s, let us know – we’ll give you a tour! Did we mention that you can also take advantage of our knowledgeable staff, too?

Bring your entire music department! Do you have an upcoming professional development day this fall? We’d love to see your WHOLE music department here in the store! Let us know you’re coming, and we’ll be happy to set aside a table for your group, and we can even start pulling some repertoire suggestions for you to peruse while you’re here.

Need to grab lunch, or staying in town for dinner? In addition to sheet music suggestions, our staff can recommend plenty of great, non-chain places to grab a bite. Within walking distance are Dirty Frank’s, Little Palace, Katzinger’s Delicatessen, and Indian Oven, as well as Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at the Columbus Commons (and you’ve got to try Jeni’s!). Also nearby are plenty of restaurants in German Village, on Gay Street, and in the Short North and Arena Districts.

Have we given you enough reasons to come to Columbus and visit us? We look forward to seeing you soon!

Click here for more information on the STANTON’S DIFFERENCE!


Keyboard Improvisation Method 29 August, 2016

JP50recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

It isn’t always an easy matter to teach improvisation to a student, or to learn improvisation on your own. “Creative Chords” is a keyboard improvisation method by Bradley Sowash that will clear up the mysteries. There is a Book 1, and a Book 2 just came off the press.  Internet access to the “Interactive Practice Studio” is included with each book you buy (see inside the front cover for directions). You can “jam” along with the recording online! Only basic reading skills are needed to get you started. You can learn how to play “by ear,” improvise in different styles and learn how to make up your own variations and  add embellishments. Give Book 1 a chance, and you will go on to Book 2 so you can learn more ways to have fun improvising!

Visit our website stantons.com, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or call us at 1-800-24-MUSIC to learn more. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.