Big Band Charts

Find out why thousands of musicians throughout the world are playing these great arrangements. I'm keeping the prices ridiculously low to allow my fellow (broke) musicians to afford them and still earn a few bucks to augment my CD collection. (Yeah, CDs. I know, it makes my wife's eyes roll, too...)

Included with each one: Jazz Scales, Jazz Licks and a Groove Practice ensemble vamp, which can be used to help students lock in the proper feel for the chart, as a band warm-up, or as a vehicle for practicing improvisation.

Small Jazz Ensemble

Full Instrumentation: 5 sax, 3 tpt, 3 trb, gtr, pno, bs, dr
Minimum Instrumentation: 3 sax, 2 tpt, 1 trb, pno, dr

Level 2

Level 3

Level 3.5

Arrangement Bundles

  • Big Bundle: Get all of the above!
  • Small Bundle A
    The easiest arrangements, great for beginners or starting out:
    Lazy Dog Blues, Blue Goo Boogaloo, The Cat from Catalina, Pico de Gallo
  • Small Bundle B
    Arrangements with more advanced lines, rhythms, and chords:
    We Three Kings, The Funky Falcon, Tides of Syzygy, Tree Tune

 

Lazy Dog Blues

Comp./Arr. by James Kass

Learning to play and hear the blues is an essential first step to playing jazz. This laid-back blues provides an opportunity for your beginning jazz band to develop ensemble skills while learning the swing feel. Solos are over traditional blues changes, and may be played with just one Bb blues scale (included). This arrangement also includes a sheet of suggested jazz licks, transposed for all instruments.
MP3 Demo   Score Details

Groove: medium swing
Difficulty level: 2 (junior high, high school)
Price: $1.50, or *FREE*
            with purchase of another big band score.
          (It will automatically be included in your download link.)


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lazydog range

Blue Goo Boogaloo

Comp./Arr. by James Kass

A groove right out of the 60s Blue Note era, this boogaloo combines a relaxed feel, laid-back horn riffs and a modified blues chord progression for a taste of what was the original funky sound.
MP3 Demo   Score Details

Groove: boogaloo
Difficulty level: 3 (advanced junior high, high school)
Price: $2.50


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bluegoo range

The Cat from Catalina

Comp./Arr. by James Kass

This mellow bossa nova is a great introduction to latin jazz. Because it features a straight-8th note feel, students work on the fundamentals of big band jazz playing without having to master swing-style eighth notes. Solo changes are simple and require only one scale (F major). This arrangement also includes a sheet of suggested jazz licks, transposed for all instruments.
MP3 Demo   Score Details

Groove: bossa nova
Difficulty level: 3 (junior high, high school)
Price: $2.50


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catalina range

Pico de Gallo

Comp./Arr. by James Kass

A minor samba that highlights latin rhythms, fluid horn lines, characteristic piano riffs and percussion breaks. Two solo sections with simple changes allow soloists the freedom to stretch out.
MP3 Demo   Score Details

Groove: samba
Difficulty level: 3 (junior high, high school)
Price: $2.50


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pico range

We Three Kings

Arr. by James Kass

This jazz waltz is a swinging arrangement of the traditional Christmas carol. It's not terribly challenging, so it can be pulled out and learned relatively quickly for an end-of-term holiday concert. Soloists play over one easy minor scale. This arrangement also includes a sheet of suggested jazz licks, transposed for all instruments.
MP3 Demo   Score Details

Groove: jazz waltz
Difficulty level: 3 (junior high, high school)
Price: $2.50


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three kings range

The Funky Falcon

Comp./Arr. by James Kass

Written for the Fremont Jr. High jazz band, this features funky syncopated lines and a groove that relies upon tight ensemble playing and a solid drummer.
MP3 Demo   Score Details

Groove: funk
Difficulty level: 3.5 (advanced junior high, high school)
Price: $2.50


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falcon range

Tides of Syzygy

Comp./Arr. by James Kass

A straight-8th note jazz feel with unusual harmonies, Tides of Syzygy has a more mysterious, mellow sound.
MP3 Demo   Score Details

Groove: straight-8th jazz
Difficulty level: 3.5 (high school, advanced junior high)
Price: $2.50


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tides range

Tree Tune

Comp./Arr. by James Kass

A medium-tempo jazz waltz in F minor, this chart has easy solo changes and a catchy melody whose motifs are repeated throughout. This tune is somewhat reminiscent of Take 5 in feel and sound.
MP3 Demo   Score Details

Groove: jazz waltz
Difficulty level: 3.5 (high school, advanced junior high)
Price: $2.50


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treetune range

Arrangements Small Bundle A


The easiest jazz band arrangements, great for beginners or starting out the school year. Buy the following at one discounted price:
  • Lazy Dog Blues
  • Blue Goo Boogaloo
  • The Cat from Catalina
  • Pico de Gallo
Small Bundle "A" Price: $8.00


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Jazz Scores Bundle A

Arrangements Small Bundle B


These jazz band arrangements are slightly more advanced and feature more complex lines, rhythms, and chord changes. Buy the following at one discounted price:
  • We Three Kings
  • The Funky Falcon
  • Tides of Syzygy
  • Tree Tune
Small Bundle "B" Price: $9.00


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Jazz Scores Bundle B

Jazz Band Arrangements Big Bundle


Buy all of the following big band arrangements at one discounted price:
  • Lazy Dog Blues
  • Blue Goo Boogaloo
  • The Cat from Catalina
  • Pico de Gallo
  • We Three Kings
  • The Funky Falcon
  • Tides of Syzygy
  • Tree Tune
Big Bundle Price: $15.00


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Jazz Scores Big Bundle