News & Views Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Category: Jazz

The Stanton’s Difference: Bring Your Students! 11 September, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights 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!

busBesides making it a road trip to Stanton’s to work with our knowledgeable staff, you can also bring your students!

While a number of directors visit us on Saturdays or professional days throughout the school year, and some make a summer pilgrimage from nearby states, it is also not unusual for us to see a school bus full of students pull into our parking lot about once or twice a year (don’t worry, we only hide briefly). After a quick “lay-of-the-land” tour, we are happy to turn students loose to shop, and they are welcome to take advantage of our first-hand musical knowledge, as well.

Preparations for solo & ensemble adjudicated events provide a perfect opportunity to introduce your students to Stanton’s. What a great use of time, and a unique experience for the students! Besides finding their solo or ensemble piece with some guidance from their teacher, they are also free to check out a whole host of method and etude books, pop play-alongs, and holiday collections that are on-hand as well.

We often hear from educators who have moved on to other states that they do not have a music supplier like Stanton’s even within driving distance, and many stores do not let customers freely browse all of their titles. Besides having directors take advantage of stopping by the store, what can be better than bringing aspiring musicians (and tomorrow’s teachers!) to musical Candy Land!?

For more details or questions, please visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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The Stanton’s Difference: 21 Day Trial 28 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights 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!

a-cityscape-of-Columbus-Ohio.-1500x609Stanton’s is one of the largest sheet music retailers in the country, with tens of thousands of titles in stock. We understand that many of our customers can’t make it to our Columbus, Ohio location to peruse music, so we offer a 21 Day Trial service.

How It Works: Music can be secured with either a Stanton’s account or a credit card. We send you the in-stock materials you request, and you pay nothing but the shipping and handling costs. As long as the music is returned to us in NEW condition within 21 days, you are never charged. If you have specific titles you’d like to see, we will happily send those to you, or you can ask one of our knowledgeable staff members to select pieces for you based on concert theme, performance venue, type of group, etc.

try.gifWhat You Can Take On Trial (by department):
Choral, Handbell, Classroom General Music & Solo Vocal: You may take up to 20 single copies of octavos and/or up to 5 musicals, collections, or director’s scores.

Band, Orchestra and Instrumental: You may take up to six items on trial, including full arrangements, solos and chamber ensembles (only scores will be sent for titles appearing on the OMEA High School Large Group Contest List).

Piano/Keyboard: Up to five collections and/or 10 teaching pieces, one copy each. Popular sheet music is not available for 21 Day Trial. 75% (by dollar amount) of the piano music on trial must be purchased.

For more details about our 21 Day Trial, visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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The Stanton’s Difference: Big Enough to Serve Your Needs – Small Enough to Serve YOU 21 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights 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!

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– Stanton’s Sheet Music has direct access to all major and many minor, independent, and European publishers, allowing us to carry and order hundreds of thousands of print music titles for you.

Stanton’s e-Tools are designed to make your job easier! Use our Listening Library, Jukebox, YouTube channel, Wish List, and Digital Delivery features to compare and organize titles for your music program.

– Itemized purchase orders, bids, quotes, and large orders are no problem. We work with many schools around the country and U.S. International schools who “bulk order” over the summer.

– Besides providing music to customers all over the country, access to major publishers like Hal Leonard and Alfred combined with stantons.com gives Stanton’s Sheet Music global reach with numerous international orders and worldwide shipping destinations.

But Small Enough to Serve YOU
– Stanton’s Sheet Music is still a single location, family-owned store in downtown Columbus, Ohio. We do not have a separate warehouse or call center, and our website is just another way to shop for music with Stanton’s.

– We have three sales departments, each with a specific number of dedicated, specialized staff: Choral & Classroom Music, Band & Orchestra, and Keyboard & Pop. While anyone in a respective department can help you, if you find a specific staff member you like to work with, feel free to request them.

gm clinic 2018We are your customer service. We answer your phone calls and e-mails. We fill your orders and process your online orders. We personally handle your “sheet music emergencies.” We solve any problems should they arise. We will get to know you by name, and by working with you over time, get to know your program.

We are your partner in music education, performance, and ministry. We choose our Stanton’s Five Star Features to help make your job easier. We organize and conduct Stanton’s numerous clinics, workshops and reading sessions. We develop Stanton’s e-Tools with you, the music teacher, in mind.

We hope that over the course of this series we have given you some reasons to make Stanton’s your #1 choice for sheet music. If not, give us a call or place an order with us, and see why Stanton’s Sheet Music has been Sheet Music Specialists since 1960!

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The Stanton’s Difference: For New Teachers 14 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights 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!

The staff at Stanton’s understands the stresses and pressures of the first year of teaching. Getting to know your building and district, discipline, lesson plans, evaluations, booster groups, budgets/purchasing, scheduling….oh, yeah, and actually teaching! We’d like to make your life just a little bit easier, and here’s what we can do to help:

clipart-money-money-clip-art-pictures-jpg-FvwF6D-clipartMoney Matters: Requisitions, purchase orders, board accounts, booster accounts; it can all seem “Greek to you” if you’re not familiar with school purchasing. Visit or call us as soon as you are hired to determine what kind of account(s) your school has and what you have to do to get music. Don’t be shy, ask lots of questions now!

We’re Happy To Meet You: Come on down and visit us in person! Introduce yourself to the staff, let us know what and where you’re teaching. We can give you a short tour of the store and let you know what kinds of products we have that fit your needs. We’ll also be happy to send you home with any current promotional materials or a 21 Day Trial so you can choose literature at your leisure.

questionSo Much Music, So Little Time: The tens of thousands titles that we have in stock can be a bit overwhelming for anyone. The music educators on our staff can steer you in the right direction, offering suggestions for all types of classes and ensembles at all levels. We spend hundreds of hours each year reviewing new publications, so we show you only the best of what’s out there.

E-Tools: Stanton’s website has several different e-tools to assist you in choosing, purchasing and teaching your music. There’s our YouTube channel, Jukebox, Listening Library, Digital Delivery and, of course, the Stanton’s Barcode Scanner App – available for free in The App Store and Google Play.

For more details, questions or to introduce yourself, visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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The Stanton’s Difference: Setting Up Accounts Is Easy! 24 July, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights 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!

If you’re a school, church or community music director, your purchases are usually invoiced to an account to be paid by your institution. If you are new to any of these positions, or have recently changed gigs, give us a call! We will be happy to provide you with your organization’s account number(s), and walk you through the billing process.

Are you new to shopping with Stanton’s? Rest easy – our staff can check to see if your organization already has an account (many often do), and if not, setting up a new account is easy! In fact, we can help you set up a new account when you place your first order, or make your first purchase, in a matter of minutes!

free-vector-invoice-conceptWhat we need:
– Name of the organization to be billed
– Billing address
– Billing phone number
– Purchase order number (if required by billing institution)
Let us know where you would like to have your order shipped, and you’re done!

Some notes:
– Stanton’s can bill your: School Board/District; Church; School Building Activity Fund; Booster organization; Community Band/Choir organization
– We can assign multiple ship-to addresses and institutional credit cards to your account.
– You can bill orders to your account at our store, over the phone, at stantons.com, or at any conference or reading session where we’re exhibiting!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with our sales staff, or press 4 to speak directly with our Accounting Department, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Patriotic Arrangements for Community Jazz Ensembles 05 July, 2019

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Jazz Superset #5: The Patriotic Collection arr. Mike Lewis, Grade 3.5
Warner Bros Publications selected the six patriotic songs in this Jazz Superset #5 to provide music for the jazz ensemble that is accessible and suitable for a variety of occasions, tempos and styles. They include “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “America (My Country ’tis of Thee),” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “American Patrol” and “God Bless the U.S.A.” Arranger Mike Lewis has paid special attention not only to musical details, but also to the jazz style of each of these patriotic songs. Although jazz harmonies and stylistic considerations are incorporated into these arrangements, each melody maintains its original integrity. Written for standard instrumentation (5/4 4/4), these arrangements are playable with only six brass. Optional parts are included for flute, tuba, French horn, and baritone horn treble clef. This Super Set is designed for the medium level; however, professional ensembles will find this arrangement an invaluable asset to their libraries as well.

leon-07010784-fAmerica the Beautiful arr. Mike Tomaro, Grade 4
Mike Tomaro brings us a bluesy and soulful rendition of this patriotic favorite that features either an alto sax soloist or vocal soloist. Great gospel feel for big band!

God Bless America arr. John Berry, Grade 2.5
John Berry has come up with an excellent version of this Irving Berlin favorite that maintains a sense of reverence yet will sound great with a jazz ensemble. Easy to learn, this will make a nice addition to your programming needs.

barn-032-3761-00-fThe Star-Spangled Banner arr. Paul Clark, Medium Difficulty
Although this piece is not usually associated with jazz bands, this arrangement works so well it can appropriately be included in any jazz concert. It’s also invaluable to have in the files for those “emergency” situations where a jazz group is called upon to perform our National Anthem. It includes just the right elements to give it a jazz flavor, yet maintains the dignity and reverence of the original. While it is harmonically jazzy, it is rhythmically traditional and can serve as accompaniment for audience singing. It is also playable with reduced instrumentation. If your jazz ensemble plays for basketball games, this is perfect. A wise investment for all jazz programs! Highly recommended!

alfred-26864-fAmerican Patrol arr. Mike Lewis, Grade 1.5
Glenn Miller’s band made this a huge World War II hit song and it is scored here for the young player. Mike Lewis arranged this chart with no individual solos, very modest brass ranges and plenty of ensemble sound. 1st trumpet range is to written E-flat on the top space. Easy to rehearse and perform.

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.

Make Music Day 2019 21 June, 2019

OrchestraOn June 21st over 1,000 cities in more than 120 countries will be celebrating Make Music Day from sunup to sundown. This all day festival welcomes everybody to make music anywhere! Play outside or on social media, just MAKE MUSIC!

France started Fête De La Musique in 1982 to celebrate free and live music everywhere with everyone. Translated, Fête De La Musique means both “festival of music” and “make music!” Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, was chosen for the new holiday. Make Music Day has grown in such popularity that it shuts down the streets in France so musicians may take over!

Make Music Day can be organized as a small back yard concert or as a national event. The NAMM Foundation took up the US sponsorship of Make Music Day. They have resources for those who want to host an event. You can even join their Make Music Alliance to get assistance in promotion, sponsorship, and tech support – visit makemusicday.org if you want to know more.

This is Stanton’s Sheet Music’s third year participating in Make Music Day. Each year, we leave our recital hall open to those who would like to make music. This year, we are featuring some of our very own Sheet Music Specialists as our featured musicians. Catch any of our performances on our Facebook page!

If you participate from home, consider sharing your performance on social media and giving us a shout out! Feel free to tag us and use these hashtags to reach more people!

#makethemostmusic #MakeMusicDay

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Advance with Aebersold 19 June, 2019

Jamey-Aebersold-250x250recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Anyone can learn to play jazz & improvise! While helping at a workshop in Connecticut in 1966, a student asked Jamey Aebersold to record a reel-to-reel tape of piano accompaniment and send it to him so he could have something to practice with. In Jamey’s words, “I never did make the tape, but instead made a record in 1967. This became the first Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long, Volume 1. After I recorded the music, I realized that I needed a book to help the user make sense of the LP of background music. Hence the book, which has now been revised many times. Volume 1 first appeared in 1967 and has been a best seller ever since. I never thought there would be a need for a second volume, let alone over 100!”

Now, for 50 years, the name Jamey Aebersold has been literally synonymous with the very best in jazz education materials. A world-class performer and a very charismatic teacher/lecturer who has traveled the globe giving seminars and workshops, Jamey’s lifelong mission is to teach people how to play jazz and improvise.

aberso-v01-fHow to Play Jazz and Improvise, Volume 1
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.

Nothin’ But Blues, Volume 2
The Blues have had the very essence of the jazz sound since the 1920’s. A player who masters the sound and feel of the Blues will play other jazz tunes in a manner that will inspire the listener. The rhythm section on this recording really grooves and makes this set fun to play with. Contains 11 different Blues and is a natural follow-up to Volume 1 or Volume 21. The tempos are not fast. The Blues are presented in various keys and with a variety of moods from slow to rock. Chords and scales are written in the staff for each recorded track.

Charlie Parker All Bird, Volume 6
This set contains the essence of modern music and is considered by most musicians to be some of the most important music of this century. Bebop is the music of the future! Ten Charlie Parker songs that truly represent the Bebop Era. This is truly a bebop rhythm section and they make the songs sing! This is a tremendous way to learn ten songs by the master musician, Charlie Parker. The songs have all become well known jazz standards that are essential for every jazz player to know. There are blues, “Rhythm” changes, alternating latin/swing, fast, and standard 32 bar songs in this outstanding collection. Learn from the master.

aberso-v42-fBlues in All Keys, Volume 42
Here’s a great way to expand your blues playing in every key! And it’s real fun, too! These are slow tempos and are for all levels of ability. Try playing some of the tougher keys without looking at the music and see just how fast your ear takes over. You’ll find yourself gaining confidence very quickly and that confidence will greatly improve your soloing. Charlie Parker learned the Blues in all 12 keys before he learned anything else. TRANSPOSED FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS. Each key contains a different blues melody and two compatible chord/scale progressions. It’s enjoyable and it’s sure to make you a better blues player. Get started now with this great addition to the series.

Maiden Voyage, Volume 54
Essential jazz standards and important “workout” tracks for the student ready to make the transition from playing scales, chords and exercises to playing popular jazz standards. Excellent reference material that can be used as a resource for beginning improvisation…actual tunes instead of exercises! Features slower tempos and easier changes. Each selection includes its own specific tips and suggestions on how to approach soloing over it. Scales are written out for every chord change. A wide variety of related publications make this the perfect jazz improvisation method for High School and College music directors.

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.

For College Jazz Ensemble 31 May, 2019

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Chelsea Bridge arr. Walter Van De Leur, Grade 5
This is an edited transcription of the authentic composition and arrangement by Billy Strayhorn himself. Recorded by Duke Ellington, the suggested tempo is a medium swing around 96 BPM. Features include a tenor 2 melody bridge solo, a sax section soli and a trombone 3 melody solo. Tenor 1 has a clarinet double and the lead trumpet range is to written high C above the staff.

Amoroso by Benny Carter, Grade 4
As recorded by Count Basie on the Roulette LP (Vogue CD) The Legend, this is an up-tempo Latin and swing chart. Solo space is provided for tenor sax, trumpet, and drums. There is an open solo for your drummer and Latin instrument players (if you have them). The tune moves beautifully from Latin to swing and back again. Classic Basie!

alfred-jlcm05005-fBraggin’ in Brass by Duke Ellington, Grade 6
This 1938 masterpiece contains a difficult trumpet soli and a nearly impossible trombone soli. Along with two trumpet solos and a trombone solo at breakneck speed, Ellington was surely “Braggin’ In Brass” when he recorded it. To be sure, there is no more spectacular three minutes in Ellington’s entire repertoire and certainly no piece that is more about sheer fun.

Be Bop Charlie by Bob Florence, Grade 5+
Swinger featuring some of the finest ensemble writing for big band. Alto 1 doubles on soprano sax. Fast swing that explodes right out of the gate. Killer sax soli and big band punches highlight this exciting chart.

Cherry 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.

alfred-36068-fHowdiz Songo? by Gordon Goodwin, Grade 5.5
A phenomenal Latin songo groove! The chart has auxiliary percussion, soprano lead with optional alto 1 part, and a hip piano montuno. Lead trumpet range is to written double A. Solo space for all saxes, trumpet, and trombone. As recorded by Gordon Goodwin.

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 for Jazz Choir 28 May, 2019

leon-530988recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Bluesette arr. Paris Rutherford, SATB with piano & rhythm
With a melody written by the legendary harmonica player Toots Thielemans, this jazz standard has been covered by 100s of musicians. This arrangement begins simply and purely allowing your jazz choir to establish a groove. A sample scat solo is offered as a beginning point with solid choral underpinning for support. A final time through verse and chorus offers very contemporary jazz harmonies voiced in a way that will ensure success.

The Look of Love arr. Paris Rutherford, SATB with piano & rhythm
The theme song from the 1967 James Bond spoof “Casino Royale” is a beautiful song by the dynanic writing duo of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Recorded by many singers representing countless musical styles, this song continues to speak to contemporary singers and audiences. Wonderful pop/jazz stylings have been written into this arrangement allowing your choir to be successful no matter what their experience level is.

leon-531167Moonlight In Vermont arr. Darmon Meader, SATB with piano & rhythm
Darmon Meader has achieved international recognition for his work with The New York Voices. Here he arranges this beautiful ballad in the style fitting of this iconic ensemble. Lush, contemporary jazz harmonies and styles define this arrangement with each vocal line featured as if they were soloists. Chord symbols are included for the accomplished jazz pianist but the realized piano part is worthy of any player. This is a “swing ballad” that will leave your audience breathless.

A Night in Tunisia arr. Paris Rutherford, SATB with piano & rhythm
This jazz standard by the great Dizzy Gillespie is here arranged using an alternative Latin Swing and a straight swing style. There is lots of room to feature soloists along with an ensemble scat section. This is an important song from the Bebop era of jazz and a great arrangement by one of the great jazz educators.

leon-530990Sister Sadie arr. Paris Rutherford, SATB with piano & rhythm
Here is a hard driving, hard swinging standard that features both your pianist/combo and your choir. A full one time through the form as an intro really sets the stage for a stylish rendering. Unison chorals cover the first verse and then break into a choral scat that is hot. There is even a spot to feature your drummer if you have one worth featuring.

What a Wonderful World arr. Paris Rutherford, SATB a cappella
This iconic pop song has been covered by countless artists from all musical genres. The message is positive and this arrangement is accessible by all levels of ensembles. There are beautiful passages to feature your solo singers, unison passages that set up the choir for success and beautiful harmonies that color the texts and give the singers a chance to paint the lyrics. This is a real winner.

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.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Jam to Jazz 17 May, 2019

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C Jam Blues by Duke Ellington/arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3
Here is a creative new take on the Duke Ellington favorite set in a New Orleans street beat style. A piano introduction sets up the groove followed by a small group taking the initial statement of the theme. The rest of the ensemble enters with a counterline before the full ensemble launches the solo section, designed to feature any number of soloists. Unique and effective!

Chelsea Bridge arr. Walter Van de Leur, Grade 5
This is an edited transcription of the authentic composition and arrangement by Billy Strayhorn himself. Recorded by Duke Ellington, the suggested tempo is a medium swing around 96 BPM. Features include a tenor 2 melody bridge solo, a sax section soli and a trombone 3 melody solo. Tenor 1 has a clarinet double and the lead trumpet range is to written high C above the staff.

alfred-41168-fBetter Get It In Your Soul by Charles Mingus/arr. Ralph Ford, Grade 2
This gospel infused chart is a fantastic introduction to the music of jazz genius, Charles Mingus. Solid ensemble writing will inspire confidence in your players and the written solos can be a starting point to some basic jazz improvisation. The Mingus band is all about spontaneity so don’t be hesitant about possibly adding some group improvisation on some of the choruses.

Again and Again by Benny Carter, Grade 5
Even after Benny Carter wasn’t writing for Count Basie, many of the Basie-band charts after the 1950’s retain that Benny Carter sound. This demonstrates the influence Carter had over the subsequent Basie arrangers (Sammy Nestico, Quincy Jones, Billy Byers and Neal Hefti). The writing is straightforward with simple harmonies, swinging rhythms and very clear counterpoint. “Again and Again” has much of the style of an alto feature that Quincy Jones might have written for Marshall Royal. Although Carter gives the pianist two little solo spots, the focus is on the lead alto. The backgrounds are spare and dry so it is incumbent upon the soloist to supply the warmth and personality to tell this gentle story. Vibrato, scoops, bends, turns, and other devices can be used to bring this simple line to life.

alfred-33364-fRecorda Me by Joe Henderson/arr. Eric Richards, Grade 5
A show-stopping Latin tune! This is Latin jazz at its best with excitement from the very first note! It has it all with sax solis, a melody line featuring tenor sax and trumpet and plenty of solo space. The lead trumpet range is to a written high D and a there are a few drum solos. This is a fantastic Eric Richards arrangement of a great tune by tenor sax legend, Joe Henderson.

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.

Level Up Your Jazz Ensemble 26 April, 2019

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Sepia Panorama by Duke Ellington/arr. David Berger, Grade 5
A creative Ellington kaleidoscope, this medium difficulty tune is a great juxtaposition of smooth and choppy, loud and soft, and short and long.

Things to Come by Dizzy Gillespie/arr. Gil Fuller, Grade 5.5
Take a fast and wild ride with this Bebop tour de force that moves at breakneck speed and lies deep in the heart of jazz.

Moanin’ 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!

kendor-2460-fThe Queen Bee by Sammy Nestico, Grade 3.5
As recorded by Count Basie & His Orchestra for their “Basie Straight Ahead” album of 1968, this classic blues features a moderate tempo, piano and tenor solos, solid sax and brass solis, and a series of ensemble shouts punctuated by dramatically quieter passages to create the kind of intensity that keeps listeners riveted until the closing chord ends. Rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued, and the first brass soli calls for bucket mutes.

April In Paris arr. Jeff Hest, Grade 6
Exactly how Count Basie and his orchestra played it. Every detail of this jazz standard has been transcribed and reconstructed by Jeff Hest. What better way to learn about Basie style than to play the real music? An educational vehicle that is long over due.

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat by Charles Mingus/arr. Sy Johnson, Grade 5
This is probably Charles Mingus’ best-known composition. Sy Johnson’s updated chart is the authentic version as performed by the Mingus Big Band on the CD “Blues and Politics.”

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.

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.

No Foolin’! Chicken Tunes for Jazz Ensemble 01 April, 2019

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Just Wing It by Kris Berg, Grade 2.5
Oh yeah, it’s time for another “chicken” flavored chart! This one is definitely funky and more accessible than previous “chicken” charts. Lead trumpet range is only to written G on top of the staff, and written-out solos are provided for alto and trumpet. Also, with only two chords in the solo section, it is ideal for young players to work on improvising. Tempo is around 136 BPM.

Flew the Coop by Kris Berg, Grade 3
Kris Berg does it one more time – the chicken-theme chart lives on! A rock groove with the melody handled by trombone, tenor and guitar, with written-out solos available for each. Check out the very hip interludes with bass doubling the melody line and bass ‘bone and bass playing a unison call-and-response line with the ensemble. You will tap your toes to this chart – guaranteed.

alfred-jem03031-fFowl Play by Kris Berg, Grade 3.5
Do you want a funky Tower of Power style chart? Well then, this is it. The whole band will have their eyes glued to this chart as the horn players hunt and peck through this one. The rhythmic figures are searing with energy, the rhythm section will cook on high heat throughout and the tenor sax soloist will need oven mitts for protection. Lead trumpet to written C (optional D).

R U Chicken by Kris Berg, Grade 3
You asked for a funky chart – well, this is it! Another fabulous adventure by the chicken-master Kris Berg, and this time he plucks another prize-winner with “R U Chicken?” Written solos are included for trumpet and tenor sax, and the lead trumpet range is up to written B-flat. A great closer for any concert or festival performance. What a title. What a chart!

alfred-33358-fRule the Roost by Kris Berg, Grade 3
The chicken saga continues! Kris Berg brings you this funky Tower of Power groove. Solos are written out for tenor and trombone, lead trumpet range is to written A, and the bass part is critical and somewhat challenging – that’s the story. It’s a clucking good time.

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.

Chicks Dig It by Kris Berg, Grade 3.5
With the chicken-flavored title, this Kris Berg chart is just plain funky. The laid-back tempo is around 100 BPM, there is a suggested written tenor solo, and some slap bass licks on the hip bass part. The lead trumpet range for “Chicks Dig It” is to written B above the staff. Optional flute and vibes too!

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.

For Middle School Jazz Ensemble 20 March, 2019

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A Mi Papa by Matt Morey, Grade 2
An easy latin groove based on the chord changes for Horace Silver’s classic “Song For My Father.” The rhythm section sets the tone which is joined by the ensemble. This sets up the unison saxophone melody which is punctuated by the brass. Trumpet and Tenor Sax are the featured soloists and written solos are provided along with chord symbols. Plenty of ensemble backgrounds provide security for the soloist. A long ensemble crescendo begins after the soloists and leads to the shout section and finish. Trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff.

kendor-60061-fBlues You Can Use by David Springfield, Grade 2
This medium swing original for developing groups is a riff-based blues in the tradition of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington bands. 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.

alfred-47028-fBeantown Blues Parade by Rick Hirsch, Grade 1
An upbeat New Orleans second-line groove for your young jazz band. Tempo is around 160 BPM, but it is very accessible. Written melodic solos for trumpet 1 (or section) and trombone 1 (or section) with easy brass ranges. A winner!

Gears by Les Sabina, Grade 2
This chart for developing groups combines old school funk and modal rock, along with a bit of blues-tinged melody. The solo section is written out with solo sheets provided in all keys along with scales to assist students in improvisation.

Sign Me Up by Mike Kamuf, Grade 2
An excellent chart by one of the finest writers of Grade 2 level charts. It’s a funky-rock groove at 132 BPM with written-out solos for trombone and alto. Lead trumpet range to written G on top of the staff. A big shout chorus, a stop-time section, and a brief drum solo, too. This chart has all the ingredients for your band to succeed. Optional parts include flute, clarinet, and vibes.

leon-07013118-fThe Golden Striker by John Lewis/arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
Formed in 1952, the Modern Jazz Quartet influenced the landscape of contemporary jazz for over 40 years. With elements of classical music blended with cool jazz and blues, “The Golden Striker” epitomizes their elegant brand of jazz. This hard-swinging chart features the unique counterpoint of the original, along with feature spots for the bass, saxes, and an optional open solo section.

leon-07013096-fNice ‘n’ Easy arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3
Recorded by Frank Sinatra on his 1960 hit album by the same name, this tune has become a standard recorded by countless jazz artists. Rather than the swing style of the original, Mark Taylor beautifully crafts this version as a medium tempo bossa. Cast primarily as a duet for trumpet and alto sax, there is skilled scoring for the entire ensemble throughout.

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 from Kendor Jazz 08 March, 2019

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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.

Pop Tunes for Jazz Ensemble 27 February, 2019

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Dance to the Music arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
This infectious pop and funk hit from 1968 was originally recorded by Sly and the Family Stone. Paul Murtha’s version for young players features a fun groove and active parts for all sections. The solo section can be opened up, or sample solos are provided for alto sax, trumpet, and trombone. An entertaining blast from the past.

Despacito arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
Setting records for most views on YouTube and topping the pop charts in several countries, “Despacito” was recorded by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi with rapper Daddy Yankee (and later remixed with Justin Bieber). With its infectious Latin pop style and catchy melody, here is a great sounding and effective version for jazz ensemble.

leon-527211Everybody Needs Somebody to Love arr. John Berry, Grade 1.5
This rockin’ tune from the ’60s boasts notable recordings by Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones, and most famously the Blues Brothers. This easy chart is skillfully scored for all sections, and requires no solos.

Feel It Still arr. John Berry, Grade 2
Recorded by Portugal. The Man., this pop hit contains an energetic drive and appealing retro style. In this easy arrangement, the melody is passed from section to section and there are no solos required.

Havana arr. Terry White, Grade 2
This breakout hit recorded by Camila Cabello helped bring Latin music to the pop charts. This arrangement for young players is easy to learn and includes sample written solos for alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, and trombone.

leon-527187Knock On Wood arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
Although originally recorded by Eddie Floyd in 1966, this familiar hit has remained popular thanks to covers by artists such as Otis Redding, David Bowie, and Eric Clapton. This dynamic version for young players is based on the swing-shuffle hit recorded by Amii Stewart in 1979.

Living for the City arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 1.5
Stevie Wonder’s sultry medium rock tune first appeared on his landmark 1973 album “Innervisions.” Rick’s authentic-sounding version for young players includes all the signature riffs, easy meter changes, and solo spots for alto or tenor sax.

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 and Kids! 13 February, 2019

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Incorporate jazz into your elementary musical classroom with one of these great new resources!

Jazz and Kids (Active Songs for a Swingin’ Classrom) by Rosana Eckert & Sharon Burch
Experience jazz in the music classroom with this swingin’ collection designed for kids! Each song is written and arranged in a distinctive jazz style, or groove, while keeping it fun with movement, a singing game or activity – learning music concepts in the process. The music, piano/vocal arrangements and recordings are authentic and true to jazz. Experience 12-bar blues, scat singing, call and response, improvisation, swing, New Orleans Second Line and more! Above all, have fun and swing! Suggested for Grades 1-5.

leon-523148Jazz for Young People Volume 2 (Louis Armstrong) by Sharon Burch & Wynton Marsalis
“Jazz for Young People” brings the language of jazz to you and your students through great literature combined with learning by doing! This second volume 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. Perfect for the general music classroom (grades 2 and up), community jazz education courses and beginning jazz ensembles. Directors can adapt for band instruments, providing a hands-on approach to historical content that makes jazz relevant to your students. 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. Also available: Volume 1 (New Orleans and Jelly Roll Morton). Suggested for Grades 2 and up.

Contact us for more recommendations, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Jazz Ensemble Trumpet Features 18 January, 2019

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Portrait of Louis Armstrong by Duke Ellington, Grade 5
Jazz at Lincoln Center Library is an exciting project under the artistic direction of Wynton Marsalis that is dedicated to the preservation of the jazz style and designed to honor the greats of jazz history. The Duke Ellington charts are all exact transcriptions as recorded by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, and they are all medium to medium-advanced in difficulty.

Chops, Don’t Fail Me Now! by Domonic Spera, Grade 3
This timeless funk-jazz chart with will romp with the best of them. A wonderful great choice for mid-level bands that will get the house swingin’. Utilizing one of the favorite standard chord patterns in jazz.

alfred-40349-fBackrow Politics by Gordon Goodwin/arr. Peter Blair, Grade 2
A trumpet section feature with a straight-eighth groove. This chart was adapted for young players from Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band chart and it sizzles, yet is accessible. Available written trumpet solos for all four parts and the 1st trumpet range to written G on top of the staff. An exciting chart for sure!

Gravy Waltz by Ray Brown/arr. Willis Maiden, Grade 5
This chart is a blast! It is one of the more popular charts from Maynard’s Birdland Dream Band. It is a high-energy chart which features baritone sax, as well as trumpet. You need a lot of horses in the trumpet section for this one, but it is well worth it. 5-4-4-4 (or use original instrumentation only)

Mister Nice Guy by Larry Neeck, Grade 2.5
A eloquent ballad written in tribute to Henry Mancini featuring a Trumpet or Flugelhorn solo. Perfect for developing bands, and excellent for contest or concert. Very highly recommended!

kendor-61770-fTrumpets Forever by Jeff Jarvis, Grade 3.5
Given the widespread popularity of Jeff Jarvis’ “Critical Mass,” “Honk,” and “Slingshot,” you’re going to love his latest funk original for advancing groups. A solid, catchy funk groove coupled with a rich chord progression gives it plenty of audience appeal. Solos are offered to 2nd and 4th Trumpets. Each set also includes a guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson, and rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued.

In a Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington/arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3
No one handles Ellington for younger ensembles better than Mark Taylor, and this well-crafted arrangement shows why. Although Mark uses a written trumpet solo on the bridge, the main theme is handled by the full ensemble playing primarily tutti rhythms. Included are solos for trumpet and tenor (written or ad lib) then a brief double time swing section featuring the entire ensemble. We think the Duke himself would have liked this one.

barn-032-4427-00-fFree Range Trumpets by Howard Rowe, Grade 3
Trumpets love to shine, so bring them out front and turn them loose on this hot trumpet section feature. A cleverly written call and response introduces each soloist and the open solo section gives your superstars another opportunity to grab the spotlight. The audience will not be able to contain themselves as the chart builds to a powerhouse finish. Playable with reduced instrumentation. An important addition to your library!

Concerto for Cootie by Duke Ellington/arr. David Berger, Grade 3.5
Duke Ellington wrote ”Concerto for Cootie,” which when lyrics were added became “Do Nothing till You Hear from Me.”

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 for High School Jazz Ensemble 14 January, 2019

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Goodbye Pork Pie Hat by Charles Mingus/arr. Alan Baylock, Grade 3.5
The sonic landscape of this tenor ballad on a classic Mingus tune is free and soulful. The solo tenor provides an introduction, followed by the lush ensemble with a suggested written tenor solo. Lead trumpet range is to written B-flat with optional parts to include flute and vibes. This superb chart belongs in every library.

Running with Scissors by Gordon Goodwin, Grade 3.5
A very hip, funky groove chart played around 168 BPM and loaded with the classic Goodwin flair. Plus, sample solos are provided for C instruments, E-flat alto/bari, B-flat tenor, B-flat trumpet, and trombone. Lead trumpet range is to written high C with optional D. The instrumentation incorporates an auxiliary percussion part and optional instruments including flute and vibes. The band and the audience will totally enjoy this great chart!

alfred-47030-fSuch Sweet Thunder arr. Mike Kamuf, Grade 3.5
This chart swings! A sensational chart that captures the collaboration of Ellington and Strayhorn, played around 130 BPM. Lead trumpet plays to written A with optional high C. Solos written out for trombone, alto, trumpet, and tenor. Great use of plunger mutes for trumpets. Excellent chart in every way!

Big Time by Gregory Yasinitsky, Grade 4
Commissioned by the Northwest Missouri All-District Honor Band, this funky tune for advancing groups features a swinging bass line fused with a half-time, hip hop groove. It includes a fun saxophone soli, written or ad lib solos for tenor and trumpet, and an exciting ensemble section which grows from a whisper to a roar. A guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

kendor-61305-fThe Hip-Hop Bop Stop by Ellen Rowe, Grade 4
A fun piece for advancing groups, this chart alternates between hip-hop and swing styles. Written or ad lib solos are included for alto, trumpet and guitar, and 3rd & 4th Trumpets double on flugelhorn. A guitar chart by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

Heat Index by Matt Morey, Grade 2
Based on the chord changes for the Gershwin standard “Summertime,” this nifty swinger combines the hallmarks of other tunes such as Cantaloupe Island and the Theme from Get Smart TV show to create a hard swinging chart that’s fun for everyone. The melody is carried by the trumpets and alto saxes while the lower voices provide rhythmic support. Written solos for trumpet and alto sax are provided along with the chord changes. A rousing shout chorus builds to the finish. Trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff.

bakjaz-20029-fRiggs! by Paul Baker, Grade 2
This chart is a fun tribute to Regents Professor Emeritus Jim Riggs of the Univerity of North Texas. This chart in the Nestico style captures his personality and sense of humor while providing a focus on the saxophone section. The chart begins in the key of F and modulates to Bb. Written solos are provided for alto sax and trumpet or piano. A swinging shout chorus drives to a restatement of the melody before bringing everything to a close with the ensemble. A great sounding chart for a great saxophonist, teacher, and friend. Trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff.

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.

Christmas Tunes for Jazz Ensemble 20 November, 2018

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Mary, Did You Know? arr. Rich Sigler, Grade 2.5
A beautiful holiday rock ballad played at around 98 BPM. The opening melody on this tender ballad is written featuring your 1st tenor sax player. Lead trumpet range is to written F on the top line. Optional parts include flute, clarinet, and vibraphone. Sweet chart!

Christmas Is Coming by Vince Guaraldi/arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 2
Originally heard in the landmark 1965 TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the music composed and recorded by Vince Guaraldi has taken on a life of its own. “Christmas Is Coming” is a lighthearted, yet driving composition in the recognizable “Guaraldi” style. Great choice for the holiday season!

leon-527176Silver Bells arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 3-4
This holiday classic has been recorded by countless jazz artists through the years. Arranged here in a medium tempo swing style, Rick’s chart will sound great with limited rehearsal time.

It Swings Upon a Midnight Clear by Larry Neeck, Grade 2.5
This breezy, swinging arrangement of the classic carol “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” will be a hit at your holiday concert! The melodies are nicely stated over colorful unison lines and some punchy brass support. The change-of-pace middle section is established by the insistent tom-tom rhythm (a la Krupa!), while the band builds up the riffs to a powerful climax. The modest solo changes (suggested solos are included) will encourage your students to give it a try. This appealing holiday chart is perfect for that jazz moment in your holiday concert!

Deck the Halls with All Sorts of Funky by Erik Sherburne, Grade 2.5
What do James Brown in a Santa Suit, this chart, and an Ugly Sweater party all have in common? They make Christmastime funky! “Deck the Halls With All Sorts of Funky” is nothing but holiday fun. Written so it works with reduced instrumentation, it also features each section of the group spreading holiday cheer that is fun for the band and for the audience! A guaranteed holiday favorite!

barn-527986Saint Nick Takes It to the House arr. Paul Clark, Grade 1.5
Your young jazzers will love this funky version of “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” from the Barnhouse “Jazz Starters!” series! Written solos are included, but since the solo section only uses two chords, this would be a great way to get some improvisation going on. Pass out the Santa hats and “take it to the house” at your next holiday performances!

Silent Night arr. Paul Clark, Grade 1.5
A beautiful arrangement of one of the most recognizable holiday tunes. The written solo is shown in all parts, allowing one or several players to be featured. Very easy to prepare, and playable for your youngest jazz band. With the included parts for all wind instruments, this arrangement could also be effectively used by your young concert band. Simple, yet elegant – the perfect holiday selection for your beginning jazz concert!

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.