News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: Jazz

So You Want to Be a Music Major? 22 July, 2024

So You Want to Be a Music Major: A Guide for High School Students, Their Parents, Guidance Counselors, and Music Teachers by Robert Franzblau
This book details the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes that prospective music majors need in order to make a successful transition from high school to college. Specific exercises are offered, along with supporting online resources. It also suggests steps that parents, high school guidance counselors, and music teachers can take to identify, encourage, and guide future musicians and music educators.

Majoring in Music: All the Stuff You Need to Know by Rich Holly
Highlights the major components for survival and success during the formative years in a college, university or conservatory and provides examples and strategies to greatly assist the student musician. With no-nonsense advice and practical tips, this guide will prepare music students (and their parents!) to meet the many challenges, and take advantage of the opportunities afforded them during the glorious college years.

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Rehearsing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble 14 June, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Rehearsing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble by Daniel Gregerman
From philosophy, auditions, and lesson planning to improvisation and literature selection, this diverse group of nationally recognized educators at all levels discuss these topics and more. Each director practically walks you through a rehearsal! Whether you are a seasoned vocal jazz director or someone looking to get started, the authors’ concepts on running an outstanding vocal jazz program has something for everyone.

Includes chapters by: Andrew Dahan, Roger Emerson, Daniel Gregerman, Greg Jasperse, Connaitre Miller, Kate Reid, John Stafford II, Janice Vlachos, Gaw Vang Williams, and Natalie Wilson.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Jazz Is Elementary 10 April, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialists

Jazz Is Elementary: Creativity Development through Music Activities, Movement Games, and Dances by Darla S. Hanley & Allison P. Kipp
Use jazz to develop children’s creativity! This book is a collection of 60 jazz-based teaching strategies designed to foster music making, creative movement, and improvisation in the K-5 music classroom. The innovative strategies are grounded in the best practices in elementary music education and partner with a curated playlist of jazz music that is available via streaming audio platforms. These strategies represent the music of nearly 80 iconic jazz artists of yesterday and today (e.g. Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Sarah Vaughan). All teaching strategy concepts were extensively field-tested with children in the elementary music classroom and with teachers around the world.

Designed with music teachers, parents/caregivers, traditional school, home-school, and arts-based community organizations in mind, the strategies in this book can be used to engage children and prompt their creative and original expressions. Strategies include singing, instrument play, body percussion, games, chants, and dances that support both individual and group assessment.

Companion materials are offered online to support the strategies including instructional videos for dances; printable resources such as visual aids, notation cards, movement directives, and color sheets; and artist profiles that provide brief biographies and put each musician in historical and musical context.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Realizing Diversity 15 March, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Realizing Diversity: An Equity Framework for Music Education by Karen Howard
Questions abound about diversity in music education. How can we engage with diverse populations, repertoire, and identities while upholding integrity and achieving equity? What are cultural appropriation, othering, tokenizing, and essentializing? How can we avoid bias in our teaching and repertoire selection? How do we create a more socially just music education?

These are critical questions with accessible answers. But if we are to become better music educators, we must reflect on these questions, our own identities, and our relationships with the music and people of the world.

“Realizing Diversity” by Karen Howard is a groundbreaking and practical resource for crafting diverse and anti-bias music education in classrooms, ensembles, and studios at all levels—from preschool to university and community settings.

At the book’s core is an Anti-Bias Framework intended to help music educators gain confidence and comfort in designing music curricula that are just, equitable, and make participants feel safe and welcome. Structured around the four social justice domains of identity, diversity, justice, and action, this framework explores topics of anti-racism, gender and sexual identity, power and privilege, disabilities, economic realities, empathy, and critical consciousness.

Dr. Howard also includes discussion of educational movements in United States history, the challenging “world music” label and related authenticity, the hyper-prevalence of Western Eurocentric music, inclusive repertoire selection, as well as appendices with critical practices for educators and a sample curriculum.

An indispensable book for pre-service, beginning, and veteran music teachers of toddlers through adults, “Realizing Diversity” considers the many separate but deeply interrelated questions related to creating a more socially just music education.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Almost Like Being in Love: New Jazz & Gospel for Choir 08 March, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Almost Like Being in Love arr. Roger Emerson, 2-part with piano
Filled with jazz stylings from swing to scat, this arrangement of “Almost Like Being in Love” is perfect for developing choirs. Choirs will love the bright, upbeat setting with its smooth conversational style and colorful piano accompaniment!

It’s Only a Paper Moon arr. Mac Huff, 3-part mixed with piano
This jazz and pop standard is masterfully arranged with both unison and easy part-singing opportunities. The accessible voice parts make the piece an ideal choice for middle school choirs or any choir with developing singers.

If Ever I Would Leave You arr. Kirby Shaw, SATB a cappella
The cherished love song from “Camelot” receives a classic choral treatment in this lush, a cappella setting. Equally suitable for large ensembles or small vocal jazz groups, Kirby Shaw’s impressive arrangement rises to meet Lerner and Loewe at their finest!

Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) arr. Roger Emerson, TB with piano
“Fly Me to the Moon,” written in 1954, has become a part of the Great American Songbook. Not surprisingly, Buzz Aldrin played the song when he stepped onto the moon’s surface in 1969. Many singers have recorded the tune, but Frank Sinatra’s version has become the standard for this immortal song of love and admiration.

Higher Ground arr. Matt & Adam Podd, SSATBB with piano
The Podd Brothers are accomplishing something unique: pop arrangements that completely capture the spirit and emotions of the original song, yet make rhythmic and harmonic choices that reach an entirely new echelon of musical idiosyncrasy! Have you heard Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” with a gospel-style choral intro smoothly dissolving into a back-beat modern-groove choral exercise complete with 2nd and 9th harmonic intervals throughout? You have now!

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

NEW Vocal Solos with Jazz Ensemble 18 January, 2024

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

Some Day My Prince Will Come arr. Chuck Israels, Grade 3-4
Best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio – as well as luminaries such as Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, and Stan Getz – Chuck Israels is also a masterful composer and arranger. Here is his vocal solo arrangement of this timeless standard, beautifully scored as a jazz waltz with tasteful background figures. Also included are short solos for trumpet and piano.

Cheek to Cheek arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3-4
Originally composed for the 1935 movie “Top Hat” starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, this classic has remained a jazz favorite ever since. Arranged in a very comfortable key for female vocalists, this swinging chart also has a marvelous feature section for the full ensemble.

Rio de Janeiro Blue arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 3-4
Inspired by the recording by jazz singer, Randy Crawford, Rick’s version of this marvelous tune features a smooth rock style and a sultry, singable melody. Scored for vocal soloist, this classy chart also features a brief solo for alto sax.

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About the Author:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Go On, Tell Your Story! 11 January, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

GO ON, Tell Your Story! by LaToya A. Webb and Julia L. Baumanis
“GO ON, Tell Your Story! Voices of Women Band Directors” is a powerful collection of real-life stories told by trailblazing women band directors of varied experiences and identities about the world of professional music and conducting.

Poignant, funny, sad, and uplifting, these stories offer a unique perspective into the challenging and rewarding world of music education and performance, inviting readers to listen and grow with each vignette.

The stories in the book are organized by theme into four sections – Pride, Affirmation, Togetherness, and Happiness – and readers are encouraged to use the book as more of a handbook than a front-to-back read. Along with stories, the book also includes affirmational quotes, a playlist of inspirational songs, and space for readers to reflect.

With the goal of building true support, community, and understanding, “GO ON, Tell Your Story!” is a wonderful companion for all musicians and educators as they grow in their lives and careers.

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About the Authors:
A former band director, Ken taught grades 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in Central Ohio, and has been at Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. His interests include reading, history, traditional amusement parks, outdoor activities (especially hiking), and watching hockey.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body 08 January, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body (Revised Edition) by Bridget Jankowski
This primer for all musicians provides a reliable base for a lifetime of playing and singing. The principles in these pages are the elemental foundation of music education, and will protect a musician from injury, promote the physical freedom and sensitivity needed for technical mastery, and secure the embodied intelligence that grounds musical power and subtlety. Musicians teaching from these principles will see their students thrive. Students studying and restudying these pages will delight in their enhanced performance. This book also serves as the text of a six-hour course on Body Mapping for musicians developed by Barbara Conable.

What’s New in the Revised Edition? Created with the input of experienced Licensed Body Mapping Educators, and led by Body Mapping expert Bridget Jankowski, this revision includes:
• Updated and enlarged images – big enough for coloring.
• Streamlined and clarified content based on new science.
• An updated format that follows the associated Body Mapping course more closely.
• Additional room for notes at the end of each section.

Knowledge from the scientific community continues to inform the work of the Association for Body Mapping Education. The book’s associated Body Mapping course of the same name has evolved over the past two decades, and an updated text for the course will be a valuable resource for novice and seasoned Body Mapping Educators alike.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

NEW Little Big Band Charts from Hal Leonard 19 December, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

25 or 6 to 4 arr. Mike Tomaro, Grade 4
One of the early hits from the rock band Chicago, this hard-hitting tune is always exciting to play! Powerfully scored here in the 6-horn format by Mike Tomaro.

Chega de Saudade (No More Blues) by Antonio Carlos Jobim/arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3
Featuring tenor sax and trombone, here’s a smooth arrangement of one of Jobim’s best melodies! With a medium samba groove and skilled scoring throughout, this one sounds great in the six-horn format.

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square arr. Roger Holmes, Grade 3
Originally composed in 1939, this popular standard features the amazingly tuneful melody and lush chords. Perfectly suited to the little big band format, this ballad is a perfect change of pace.

Deck the Hall arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3
This holiday favorite is arranged here in a light Latin style with some clever twists and turns. Featuring a smooth moderate tempo and full scoring throughout, this is sure to be a winter concert standout.

Oye Como Va by Tito Puente/arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2
One of the best-known Latin tunes ever written, Tito Puente’s hit is arranged here in a medium Latin rock style skillfully scored in the 6-horn format. With easy rhythms and modest ranges, this chart also includes written or ad lib. solos for alto sax and trumpet.

C-Jam Blues by Duke Ellington/arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 2
Rick Stitzel skillfully dresses up this amazingly simple melody with counter lines and solid scoring for the little big band format. Solos are provided for alto sax and trumpet, but with the easy blues changes anyone can take a shot at an improvised solo.

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About the Author:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Little Jazz Madrigals by Bob Chilcott 29 November, 2023

Little Jazz Madrigals by Bob Chilcott, SATB with piano and optional bass & drum kit
This dynamic collection presents four jazzy settings of favourite madrigals by Thomas Morley, John Bennet, and Orlando Gibbons. The first, “Sing we and Chant it,” is a relaxed jazz waltz with a compelling melody, and singers will especially revel in the rich harmonies of the expressive “Weep, O mine eyes” setting that follows. “Learned Poets” has a bossa nova feel with a strong rhythmic groove and characterful syncopations, and the urgent rolling tempo of movement four captures the text’s calamity and titular call of “Fire, fire!,” also expressed by a walking bass line that continually drives towards the work’s emphatic conclusion. The stylistic piano part may be played as written or serve as a guide, and a bass and drum kit part is available separately for trio accompaniment.

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SLEIGHIN’ IT and More Holiday Arrangements for Jazz Band 07 November, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

Sleighin’ It arr. Steve Parsons, Grade 2
The talented composer Steve Parsons has paired an original melody with a funky Motown version of “Jingle Bells” to create the piece he calls “Sleighin’ It.” This is definitely a fresh take on this carol and your band will have a terrific time with the Motown groove and all the clever ways Steve has incorporated the simple “Jingle Bells” melody.

A Christmas Mambo arr. Tim Waters, Medium Easy
This cool mambo version of the Christmas classic “We Three Kings” will add some heat and a nice change of styles to your next holiday concert! This chart opens with an infectious mambo groove that keeps building before the melody is passed from the saxes to the bones and then the trumpet section. The solo section includes written or ad-lib solos for Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet or Trombone. Next there is a cool shout chorus before returning to the opening theme.

A Little Christmas Spirit arr. Doug Beach & George Shutack, Grade 1
Bring the holidays on in a Latin fashion with this medley of three Christmas classics. “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “O Christmas Tree,” and “Jingle Bells” are all arranged over a strong Bossa Nova groove. Great tunes, solid voicings and space for your soloists all add up to a medley that will be the hit of your holiday program. And the flexible Jazz Foundations scoring guarantees that virtually any combination of instruments will work.

I Saw Three Ships arr. Kris Berg, Grade 3.5
“I Saw Three Ships” is not only an absolute perfect chart for your December concerts, but it’s so much fun to play that you should program it anytime! This 17th century English carol takes on a whole new life reset in a New Orleans second-line style groove. There’s plenty of ensemble work for each section and solo space in the middle for your lead alto and lead trombone. Don’t miss a chance to jam out on this one! Great fun!

This Christmas arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3-4
Recorded by Donny Hathaway in 1970 and covered countless times since then, this familiar tune features a funky, upbeat pop style and memorable horn riffs. Scored for vocal soloist with band, this is the perfect change of pace for the holidays.

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About the Author:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

A Glimpse Into the Mind of Michael Brecker 19 October, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

The Practice Notebooks of Michael Brecker
The legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker kept extensive notes on things to practice over the whole span of his career. This book contains over 700 entries, beautifully re-engraved from his hand-written notebooks.

This valuable resource for all treble clef instruments (since Michael often advised “Play in all keys”) includes:
• 35 years of Michael Brecker’s musical inspirations at your fingertips!
• First-hand accounts of how Michael actually worked on these ideas from his bandmates Joey Calderazzo, John Patitucci, Richie Beirach, Steve Khan, Dave Liebman, etc.
• An appendix of his saxophone-specific ideas on fingerings, multiphonics, etc.

For intermediate as well as advanced musicians – you don’t have to be a genius to learn from a genius!

Spherical by Michael Brecker, for Grade 5 Jazz Ensemble
What an absolute treat! Play Michael Brecker’s quintessential fusion tune “Spherical,” expertly arranged especially for Randy Brecker’s big band. Every nuance of the original track is captured with precise detail and clear notation. This chart pays fond tribute to an American master with passion and a smart, hard edge. All sax parts include optional flute doubles.

The Michael Brecker Collection
A fabulous collection featuring 14 authentic, note-for-note transcriptions from this revered sax master. Also includes a biography and discography, a sax notation guide, suggested alternative and altissimo fingerings, and more. Titles include: “African Skies” (2 Solos), “Cabin Fever,” “Delta City Blues,” “El Niño,” “Impressions,” “Slings and Arrows,” “Syzygy,” and more.

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About the Author:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Strong Charts for Little Big Band 28 September, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin/arr. Jim Weisheit, Medium
Excellent orchestration of one of the most famous Ragtime pieces written by Scott Joplin, the King Of Ragtime. No ad-lib solos. Tpt. 1 top note G5 top of staff. Complete transposed score.

All the Things You Are arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 4
Using duet pairings mixed in with counterlines and background figures from the entire ensemble, this medium swing chart is scored for small band but still has a rich full sound. Includes solos for alto and trumpet.

A Night in Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie/arr. Michael P. Mossman, Grade 3.5
Michael Mossman takes Dizzy Gillespie’s signature tune into new territory, with a touch of mambo in this distinctive arrangement. A perfect way to showcase a trumpet soloist, the full ensemble also plays in important role in this sophisticated and dynamic arrangement for little big band.

Spain by Chick Corea/arr. John LaBarbera, Grade 4
John La Barbera has taken his well-known version of Chick Corea’s “Spain” and done a great job of adapting it for the small band format. Certainly an exciting offering for mature players in an arrangement for six horns plus rhythm.

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About the Author:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Get Your Developing Jazz Band Started for 2023! 18 September, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

All Blues by Miles Davis/arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 2
Here’s the classic Miles Davis tune from the landmark album “Kind Of Blue” carefully arranged for young groups. Written in 3/4 for ease of reading, Mike has kept the feel and sound of the original in this excellent setting. Enjoy great flexibility with the Easy Jazz Ensemble series! Playable with 4 saxes, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and rhythm.

Blue Skies by Irving Berlin/arr. Rick Stitzel, Grade 2
One of Irving Berlin’s most performed melodies, “Blue Skies” is arranged here in a medium swing style to sound great with inexperienced players. Enjoy great flexibility with the Easy Jazz Ensemble series! Playable with 4 saxes, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones and rhythm.

Recorda Me (Remember Me) by Joe Henderson/arr. Mike Kamuf, Grade 2.5
One of the best jazz standards arranged in a Latin groove played at 156 BPM. The melody is handled by tenor, trumpet, and guitar with written solos provided for tenor and trumpet. Lead trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff. Optional parts provided for vibraphone, flute, and clarinet.

The Biscuit Shuffle by Greg Yasinitsky, Easy
If you are looking for a blues tinged shuffle that features all the sections of the band, you’ve found the right chart with “The Biscuit Shuffle!” The catchy riff that starts the chart is the figure that ties this piece together beautifully. There is a cool passage for the brass and saxes with light rhythm section figures that follows the solo section.

Midnight Express by Doug Beach, Grade 1
Here is the perfect combination of an infectious melody, great scoring and many of the swing figures that are essential for young players to learn. Scored for 4 horns with rhythm section and expandable to full big band at the very easy level, written or ad lib solos for all are included, along with optional parts for flute, clarinet and horn in F.

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About the Author:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Teaching Beyond the Music 01 September, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Teaching Beyond the Music: Tools for Addressing Societal Changes Through the Arts by Jason Max Ferdinand
Continuing the themes from the first volume Teaching With Heart, this second volume in the series exists to help teachers create a healthy culture in their classroom. With tools that will help teachers get to know their students better and get students to think more broadly about music and society, this book is less about notes and rhythms and more about connecting to each other and to the idea of conveying emotion and feeling through art.

Developed with the help of ten outstanding contributors, it encompasses a variety of arts disciplines, including band, orchestra, chorus, theater, musical theater, dance, and visual art. Each module addresses National Core Arts Standards and social-emotional learning standards. They contain activities that can be modified to suit any grade level, thought-provoking suggestions for community engagement, and suggested choral and instrumental repertoire that inspires empathy, unity, and connection. The book also includes more than 100 digital links for learning and reference as well as Quick Direct Icons to Read, Watch, Listen, Respond, Discuss, Record, Perform, and Present.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Gear Up for Fall with Beginning Jazz Methods 09 August, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method by Dean Sorenson & Bruce Pearson
This book, from the indispensable Standard of Excellence family, is the one that others compare themselves to! The Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method is a comprehensive jazz instruction book for group or individual study. Targeted at middle-school age band students, the SOE Jazz Ensemble Method provides the missing links between performance and theory to help students reach their full potential while sparking a lifelong enthusiasm for jazz music. EASY TO TEACH! Features include: 13 full-performance charts (buy one book, get a whole year of concert material); sounds great with a full band or reduced instrumentation; uses “real” jazz terminology used by “real” jazz musicians; extensive comprehensive director’s book chock full of great lesson material; three style sections focus on Rock, Swing and Latin styles; play-along CD in every book for home practice; supplemental books for Flute, Clarinet, French Horn and Tuba.

First Place for Jazz by Dean Sorenson
“First Place for Jazz” is a comprehensive jazz curriculum built from the ground up essential for implementing the jazz ensemble curriculum. The book is divided into three sections by key: Concert Bb, F, and Eb. Within each section the major, Mixolydian, Dorian, and blues scales and correlated chords of that key are introduced through Jazz Starters, Rhythm Section Spotlights, and Rhythm Sectionals. These enrichments prepare students to play each of the 12 original grade 1-2 Jazz Ensemble Charts and Lead Sheets. Suitable for group or individual instruction, this unique organization, combined with a host of innovative features including Kjos Interactive Practice Studio and availability in SmartMusic, will provide bands with the tools it will need.

Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble by Mike Steinel
Here’s everything you need to start a beginning jazz ensemble! It doesn’t matter if you’re knowledgeable in the field of jazz, this method will get you and your students swinging the right way in no time. The important elements of playing styles unique to jazz are introduced and reinforced through easy exercises and ten full ensemble arrangements. Basic jazz theory and history are also introduced. The beginning steps to jazz improvisation are covered beginning with simple two-measure phrases. All the exercises and compositions can be played by a full jazz ensemble, or individually with online audio access included with each book. Listening to good jazz players is one of the best ways to learn, and playing along with the audio tracks is an excellent way for students to hear how jazz is played. With “Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble,” you’ll be laying a solid foundation in jazz that your students can grow on!

The Articulate Jazz Musician by Caleb Chapman & Jeff Coffin
Award-winning jazz educator Caleb Chapman and multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin have created a highly effective approach to jazz articulation. Step by step, “The Articulate Jazz Musician” details Caleb’s proven approach for mastering the fundamentals of jazz articulation, phrasing, and interpretation. The play-along tracks are designed for C, B-flat, E-flat, and bass clef instruments. Rhythm section instruments can use the play-along tracks as a “how to play it” reference. The tracks feature a world-class quartet of Jeff Coffin (tenor saxophone), Victor Wooten (bass), Roy “Futureman” Wooten (drums), and Chris Walters (piano). This method makes approaching jazz articulation easy and fun. Follow the explanations, do lots of listening, play along, practice what you have heard, and before long, you too will be an articulate jazz musician!

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About the Author:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Everlasting Arms 27 June, 2023

Everlasting Arms arr. Marianne Kim, for 1 piano 4 hands
Regarded as an incredibly creative and versatile writer, Marianne Kim demonstrates the same ingenuity in this four-hand piano collection that has made her piano and organ solo books so popular. This mix of upbeat and meditative hymns is infused with jazz rhythms and harmonies, giving a distinct flavor to enduring favorites.

Titles include: “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “More Love to Thee, O Christ,” “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” and “In the Garden.”

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Building Repertoire with JAZZ PLAY-ALONG Collections 17 May, 2023

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

Four & More, Volume 65 by Jamey Aebersold
More high energy, finger poppin’ favorites from the Hammond B-3 organ or Hank Marr. Here, Hank and Steve come in swingin’ from note one and make each song a real thrill to play. Many of these Standards are as well known as you’ll ever find. Increase your jazz repertoire and have a “blast” in the process.

Billy Strayhorn Lush Life, Volume 66 by Jamey Aebersold
Billy Strayhorn is one of the best-loved yet underrated composers of jazz. His famous collaborations with and for the Duke Ellington band have become some of jazz’s most enduring standards, and now for the first time you can discover for yourself Strayhorn’s unique and beautiful style. Discover why Ellington felt such an affinity for this man’s compositions.

Maiden Voyage, Volume 54 by Jamey Aebersold
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.

Dexter Gordon, Volume 60 arr. Mark Taylor & Jim Roberts
Titles include: “Blow Mr. Dexter,” “The Chase, Parts 1 & 2,” “Dexter Digs In,” “Dexter Rides Again,” “Dexter’s Minor Mad,” “Dexter’s Riff,” “Dexterity,” “Long Tall Dexter,” “Settin’ the Pace,” and “So Easy.”

On Green Dolphin Street, Volume 103 arr. Mark Taylor
Titles include: “Dear Old Stockholm,” “Gypsy in My Soul,” “I Hear a Rhapsody,” “Ill Wind (You’re Blowin’ Me No Good),” “Mean to Me,” “On Green Dolphin Street,” “Pure Imagination,” “Robbin’s Nest,” “Rosetta,” and “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.”

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About the Author:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.

Jazz Junior 05 April, 2023

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialists

Jazz Junior: 10 Standards for Solo or Unison Singing arr. Jay Althouse, Lisa DeSpain, Russell Robinson, Kirby Shaw, and Michele Weir
Alfred’s top vocal jazz arrangers were called upon to contribute Great American Songbook arrangements designed to introduce beginners to the genre. And oh, how they delivered! This is an indispensable collection for young soloists or unison singers including reproducible song sheets and a fabulous foreword (with developmental exercises) by Dr. Michele Weir. Enhance the jazzy vibe with full rhythm section accompaniments on the available audio. Teach swing, scat, jazz articulations, stylizations, and more! Grades 4 and up.

Titles include: “Bye Bye Blackbird,” “Duke’s Place,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Jeepers Creepers,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Misty,” “Orange Colored Sky,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right.”

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years and a former church choir director of 20 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. 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!

Re-Imagined Standards for Jazz Ensemble 25 November, 2022

recommended by Eric Stratton, Jazz Specialist

My Foolish Heart arr. Alan Baylock, Grade 3.5
“My Foolish Heart” arranged by Alan Baylock is a superb ballad featuring trumpet 2 played around 70 BPM. A double-time section with a suggested written solo, lush rubato sections, and the lead trumpet range is to written A above the staff. You will love this arrangement!

Summertime by George Gershwin/arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 1.5
This enduring Gershwin classic has long been a favorite with jazz artists. Paul’s marvelous setting for young players features a sultry Latin rock groove, tasty harmonies, easy rhythms, and no solos are required. Great feature number for the entire ensemble.

Lush Life by Billy Strayhorn/arr. Mike Tomaro, Grade 4
Here is Billy Strayhorn’s beloved ballad, skillfully arranged with subtle reharmonizations and reworkings of the melody, all the while remaining faithful to the original intent. Featured are solos for piano and trombone. A gorgeous setting for the entire ensemble.

Night and Day by Cole Porter/arr. Victor López, Grade 1
Classic Cole Porter at a very accessible level. “Night and Day” arranged by Victor López doesn’t include any individual solos, but features easy ranges and a bossa-nova groove played around 120 BPM. Optional flutes, clarinets, vibes, and more. A great choice for your young musicians.

Bye Bye Blackbird by Ray Henderson/arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 1.5
This popular song from the 1920s has been recorded by pop and jazz artists alike. Here’s an imaginative swing version scored with easy rhythms and modest ranges. With a familiar melody and great feel, this is sure to be a favorite.

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About the Author:
Eric Stratton is the Jazz Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music. From Westerville, OH, Eric received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Bass Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Otterbein University. On both electric and double bass, he plays in various groups around Columbus, including New Albany Symphony and Westerville Symphony orchestras. He enjoys listening to and playing many types of music, from jazz, pop, to rock and metal. Some of Eric’s favorite performance opportunities are in the pit orchestras of musical theatre productions. When Eric isn’t gigging or at Stanton’s, he enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his cats, performing repair and tech work on guitars, and going to local restaurants and breweries with friends.