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A Minor Case of the Blues
Retail Price: 40.00

Here's a great blues chart written in a medium swing style perfect for inexperienced players. Includes sample written solos for trumpet and alto in addition to a short sax solo and solid ensemble writing. A guaranteed winner!
All Blues
Retail Price: 45.00

One of the most famous jazz waltzes ever written, this Little Big Band setting of Miles Davis' classic skillfully uses the six-horn format to create an incredibly full sound. A flexible solo section is also featured. (Grade 4)
Alright, Okay, You Win
Retail Price: 50.00

As recorded by Peggy Lee, Joe Williams, Count Basie and many others, this popular standard breathes new life under the masterful pen of Sammy Nestico. A flexible solo section allows for any combination of soloists.
Another Day, Another Blues
Retail Price: 35.00

Discovery Jazz – Grade 1.5

This is really not “just another blues”, but rather an excellent medium swing chart perfect for inexperienced bands. The blues format makes it comfortable for beginning soloists and sample solos are provided for alto or tenor sax.
Bags' Groove
Retail Price: 45.00

Jazz Classics for the Young Ensemble – Grade 3

One of the classic blues tunes of all time, here is vibes giant Milt Jackson's familiar riff tune in a playable swing arrangement from Mark Taylor. Trumpet and tenor (along with vibes and guitar) take the melody first time around with ensemble counterlines helping out next. Solos are included for tenor and trumpet followed by a full band shout. Great sounding chart!
Bags' Groove
Retail Price: 45.00

Milt Jackson's signature blues tune has become a well-known jazz standard, and Mark's arrangement makes it sound great in this 6-horn format. Featuring a nice medium swing feel, and the flexibility for open solos with backgrounds, this will be fun to perform and easy to prepare. (Grade 3)

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Bags' Groove
Retail Price: 35.00

Here is one of a very select group of blues standards that every jazz musician should know. Paul's very easy version makes it accessible to young players and gives beginning improvisers a wonderful platform to start from.
Basin Street Blues
Retail Price: 40.00

Introduce your beginning group to the concept of “call and response” (so common in early jazz) with this carefully written, easy arrangement of this well-known jazz standard. Like all titles in the Essential Elements Jazz Ensemble series, it includes exercises to help teach style, as well as sample written solos.
Birk's Works
Retail Price: 60.00

A classic minor blues tune from Dizzy Gillespie, Mike Tomaro starts this version as a funky mambo but then shifts the style to swing and finally back again to the mambo. This well-paced chart features a great feel plus solos for trumpet and tenor.
Black Coffee
Retail Price: 45.00

This medium blues standard has been recorded by a number of jazz artists and remains one of the best tunes of its genre.  Featuring nice ensemble writing and a stop-time feel on the head, this chart is a smooth addition to any program.
Blue Charlie Brown
Retail Price: 35.00

One of the many distinctive melodies composed by Vince Guaraldi for the Charlie Brown television specials is this medium swing blues tune. The saxes take the lead at the top, but the brass get their chance on the final shout chorus. The blues form makes this a great tune for any soloist, and there are easy sample solos provided for alto and trumpet.
Blue Monk
Retail Price: 40.00

One of the all-time great tunes by jazz legend Thelonious Monk. This arrangement by Michael Sweeney is an authentic adaptation using the original key (Bb) and preserving Monk's unique rhythmic phrases. The chart opens with a trumpet/tenor duet, however there is plenty of tutti ensemble playing and flexible solo sections over blues changes. This one is a must.
Blue Monk
Retail Price: 55.00

One of the signature tunes from jazz legend Thelonious Monk is this quirky and iconic blues! Mark's great-sounding version for big band maintains the medium swing feel and “Monk-isms” from the original, but he adds his own stamp of originality with crafty ensemble lines, rhythmic twists, and some powerful full band statements in mixed meters. Solos are included for tenor, trumpet and drums, along with marvelous writing for the entire band.
Blue Train (Blue Trane)
Retail Price: 35.00

Composed and recorded by jazz legend John Coltrane, this medium tempo blues tune features an easy-to-play melody and solid tutti-style rhythms for the ensemble. In addition, the blues changes and moderate tempo make it a comfortable setting for developing soloists. (Includes CD)
Blues by Five
Retail Price: 40.00

Recorded on the 1956 album Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet, this jazz standard composed by pianist Red Garland adapts beautifully for beginning jazzers. With a moderate tempo, riff-based melody, and non-threatening soloing on the blues progression, this is the perfect introduction to the music of Miles Davis for your students.

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Blues Idol
Retail Price: 40.00

Jazzers deserve their chance to be in the spotlight like anyone else, and here's a perfect vehicle for your aspiring young stars. This bluesy swing chart features the saxes on the melody with commentary from the brass section. The blues progression makes soloing easy for anyone who gets the urge, and the tutti shout chorus closes this appealing number out in style.

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Blues in the Closet
Retail Price: 50.00

Here is a swingin' blues from Oscar Pettiford that has been a favorite with jazzers for years. Along with superbly scored ensemble sections, Mark Taylor's chart also features solos for tenor and trombone. You'll have fun with this one!
Blues Machine
Retail Price: 40.00

First released in 1992, this excellent blues original has stood the test of time. Perfect for teaching style and introducing the blues scale as a basis for improvisation.
Blues Warm-Ups And Workouts
Retail Price: 45.00

You asked for it!  Paul Jennings has drawn on his broad experience in jazz education to develop this unique set of warm-ups and exercises based on the blues form and designed especially for developing jazz ensembles.  This versatile rehearsal 'tool kit' includes: I. BLUESTART (Opening Blues Warm-Up), II. BALANCING ACT (A Blues Balance Builder), III. BLUES WORKOUT (F), IV. BLUES WORKOUT (Bb), V. BLUES BUFFET.
Bone Busters
Retail Price: 45.00

The trombones take the spotlight in this medium blues swing chart from Mark Taylor. There are short written or ad lib solos for each trombone player, and there is a nice ensemble shout chorus for the full band.
Boogie Stop Shuffle
Retail Price: 60.00

Mingus loved the blues, and this powerful and highly energized arrangement from the CD “Live In Time” is a staple in the book of the Mingus Big Band. It features the signature bass line scored for the lower voices and full ensemble lines that really roar. Can be played as fast as you dare!
Boogie Stop Shuffle
Retail Price: 55.00

This catchy riff-based tune uses blues changes, and you can make it as easy or as difficult as you like, depending on the tempo you choose! Solos (or soli) are for sax as well as piano and drums. A wonderful introduction to the exciting music of Charles Mingus, skillfully adapted by Andrew Homzy.
Boom Boom
Retail Price: 45.00

Recently used in television ads, this classic R & B tune from John Lee Hooker is great for featuring a variety of soloists. The striking stop-time opening gives way to a straight-ahead blues. This one just feels good.
Bubbert Goes West - Includes Full Performance CD - Includes Full Performance CD
Retail Price: 40.00

Bubbert takes a road trip and finds himself in the land of the lope-along Western style blues. This fun chart features a catchy riff, a question and answer stop-time section, plus a flexible solo section with unison background figures. A great way to teach the blues.
Bubbert Takes the Train
Retail Price: 35.00

Just like the train that Bubbert rides, this jazz-rock minor blues (Bb minor) has a driving beat, and is well-suited for the young band. A fun workout using the blues vocabulary.
Can't Buy Me Love
Retail Price: 40.00

Mike found a nice jazz shuffle groove for this early Beatles classic that will be a lot of fun for beginning groups. The minor blues solo section allows players to use either the blues scale or dorian mode for ease in improvising. Full length recording included.
Comin' Home Baby
Retail Price: 45.00

This funky rhythm and blues tune has a great laid back feel and the blues form makes it easy to solo over. Featuring a catchy bass riff and solid writing, your band will want to play this again and again. Includes a solo for alto.
Comin' Home Baby
Retail Price: 40.00

Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble – Grade 1-2

This soulful and funky tune is built using a twisted sort of blues progression, but is a great sounding groove for beginning bands. This will come together easily and be fun to play.

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EMANCIPATION BLUES
Retail Price: 40.00

Oliver Nelson's well-known jazz standard is now available in a more playable version for younger bands. Roger's adaptation opens with the original gospel style chorale then launches into a medium blues shuffle. A duet of Alto and Trumpet is featured on the head and the ensemble figures are as effective as on the original. Required literature for every jazz program!
Freddie Freeloader
Retail Price: 40.00

This early jazz classic by Miles Davis is an excellent vehicle for introducing the blues. The trumpet soli section is derived from Miles' original solo and may be performed either as a solo or as a section feature.
Freddie Freeloader
Retail Price: 50.00

Originally recorded on the Miles Davis landmark recording Kind of Blue, here is a swingin' and updated take on this all-time blues favorite. Tasty full ensemble interludes surround solo space for alto sax, trumpet and bass. This chart is a perfect choice for festivals or contests.
Go Daddy-O
Retail Price: 45.00

From the premier jump swing band in the land, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, here is their most requested tune.  The tempo is bright swing, and the riffs are hot and sassy.  Solos for alto and trumpet can be played as written or ad lib, and the blues changes make it easy for anyone to take ride.
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Retail Price: 60.00

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.”
Green Onions
Retail Price: 40.00

This slow cooking shuffle tune became a trademark for Booker T. & The MG's. Roger has done a nice job of adapting it for young players while keeping the feel of the original. Includes solos for alto or tenor and trumpet, but anyone could solo on this with the easy chord changes.
Green Onions
Retail Price: 35.00

Few purely instrumental tunes ever reach the level of popularity achieved by this familiar '60s hit by Booker T. and the MG's. Often used in TV and film, this infectious tune has a bluesy groove that's unmistakable and still hip after all these years. (Includes full performance CD)
Haitian Fight Song
Retail Price: 60.00

From the Mingus Big Band CD Blues and Politics!, this intense minor blues opens with a bass solo then gradually unfolds layer by layer until the entire ensemble is screaming. Includes plenty of solo space with ensemble backgrounds and interludes.
Hog-Squealin', Rip-Snortin' Belly-Achin' Blues
Retail Price: 40.00

Bluesy medium-tempo shuffle with an attitude! Written with wailing sax lines and solid brass punches, here's one chart that lives up to its title. Written or ad lib solos for trumpet and alto.
Kidney Stew Blues
Retail Price: 40.00

This “old style” blues tune features a nice combination of horn riffs, bluesy melody, and a medium swing feel. An excellent chart to encourage your aspiring soloists, this will go together quickly and sound great. (Includes full performance CD)
Mary Ann - from RAY - from RAY
Retail Price: 35.00

From the master of soul comes this catchy blues tune from the movie Ray. A distinctive feature is the alternating style between rhumba and straight ahead swing, and Michael's skillful arrangement makes it a perfect fit for younger players.
Nostalgia in Times Square - Young Edition - Young Edition
Retail Price: 50.00

Originally written for the 1959 John Cassavetes film “Shadows,” Nostalgia in Times Square is a medium tempo blues but with a unique harmonic structure. Beautifully scored for younger ensembles by Sy Johnson, this chart includes a flexible solo section for any combination of alto, tenor, trumpet or trombone.
Not Yet Over the Hill
Retail Price: 50.00

This cookin' original from Mark Taylor opens with the rhythm section setting up the groove before the saxes take the first statement of the head. Packed with energy throughout, this medium tempo blues chart features plenty of solid ensemble writing, solo space for trumpet and tenor, plus a final ensemble shout that includes some solo fills for your drummer. Powerful!
Sandu
Retail Price: 45.00

Mark has kept the original flavor of this Clifford Brown blues classic in this version for young players. The style is a moderate blues and it starts out with a trumpet/tenor duet before adding the rest of the band. Add this important jazz standard to your library and your band will sound great!
Side Slippin'
Retail Price: 35.00

Here is a clever blues tune written in a medium swing style. The melody features some half-step “slippin'” around played by full ensemble. Solo sections are also provided for any sax and any brass instrument. A fun way to introduce swing style and also the blues!
Soft Winds
Retail Price: 35.00

This jazz classic adapts perfectly for young players. The tempo is moderate and the swing figures are easy to play. The blues form makes it easy for inexperienced improvisers and sample solos are included for alto, tenor, trumpet, and piano.
St. Louis Blues
Retail Price: 50.00

Here is the St. Louis Blues like you've never heard it before!  It opens in a slow New Orleans style with optional parts for clarinet and tuba.  Quickly shifting key and tempo, this masterful arrangement twists and turns through new and uncharted territory.  A classic tour-de-force!
Stolen Moments
Retail Price: 50.00

Paul Jennings' chart on this dynamite minor blues features a front line of trumpet, alto, tenor and trombone.  It gives your top players a real chance to shine.
Straight No Chaser
Retail Price: 40.00

Monk's famous swing standard is arranged here with careful scoring and characteristic background figures. The underlying blues form helps make this attainable for young players and easy for beginning improvisers to handle. (Includes full performance CD)
Sweet Home Chicago
Retail Price: 45.00

Made famous by the Blues Brothers, this hard-hitting blues classic is sure to become an instant favorite with your band. Roger's arrangement features a driving shuffle groove and solid scoring for the entire ensemble.

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Swingin' Shepherd Blues
Retail Price: 35.00

If it says “swingin'” in the title, you know you have a potential winner. Rick Stitzel doesn't disappoint in this outstanding chart on this familiar blues. It's also a great tune for solos!
The Blues Walk
Retail Price: 40.00

Every band needs to experience the blues! Here's a classic riff tune by Clifford Brown set in a terrific arrangement for developing bands. Great for learning to improvise, and the ensemble figures are repetitive and easy to learn.

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