Arrangements & Transcriptions

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  • Length: 2:05
    = 150
    as performed by the Beantown Swing Orchestra
    Instrumentation: Big Band
    Level: 3
    Notes: From the 2011 Beantown Swing Orchestra album "A Beantown Christmas," Dancing in the Snow is a cool-swinging original tune that features any combination of male or female singers. Ensemble work ranges from a tight horn quartet to a full-band roaring shout chorus and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! The vocal range is a single octave from C to C.
    Solos:
    Composer: Danny Fratina, Micha Goolsby
    Arranger: Danny Fratina
    Year: 2011
    Arrangement Year: 2011
    Style: Swing
    Sub-Style: Pop Jazz
    Vocal: M+F
    $59.99
    SKU#1038
    Lead Tpt D6
  • Length: 2:15
    = 121
    as performed by the Benny Goodman Orchestra w/ Peggy Lee
    Instrumentation: Big Band
    Level: 2
    Notes: The lead trumpet part here is tough for a 2 but overall this is an easy grooving arrangement that is one of the few swing era vocal charts to feature the singer fully throughout the form. Peggy Lee's cool performance on this recording brought the tune to a new height, with a swinging even-tempered arrangement to contrast and support her. The lead trumpet part here is almost a 3, but otherwise this is a solid 2. A fair warning, Cole Porter's original lyrics - heard in the recording but edited in the lyric page you will get - are very dated and he himself later apologized for not realizing that the language was insensitive. He later changed them to what you'll see in the lyric page. Vocal range is Bb3 to A4/C5.
    Solos: None
    Composer: Cole Porter
    Arranger: Mel Powell
    Year: 1928
    Arrangement Year: 1941
    Style: Swing
    Sub-Style: Swing Era
    Vocal: Female
    $59.99
    SKU#1020
    Lead Tpt D6
  • Empty Ballroom Blues
    Length: 2:28
    = 190
    as performed by Johnny Hodges
    Instrumentation: Ellington 7-pc
    Level: 3
    Notes: Another Hodges/Ellington piece with great big riffs and big solo sections! Watch out on this one, it's a level 3 because the bari and trombone parts are unusually high, and the speed is a little brisk. Otherwise it's almost a level 2. Soprano sax is in for alto on this one.
    Solos: Soprano, Bone, Tpt, Bari
    Composer: Duke Ellington, Cootie Williams
    Arranger: Duke Ellington
    Year: 1938
    Arrangement Year: 1938
    Style: Swing
    Sub-Style: Swing Era
    Vocal: No Vocals
    $49.99
    SKU#1026
    Lead Tpt A5
  • Savoy Strut
    Length: 2:30
    = 160
    as performed by Johnny Hodges
    Instrumentation: Ellington 7-pc
    Level: 3
    Notes: Savoy Strut is a major hidden gem from the swing era! Ellington starts the tune up with an unusually angular intro, which takes us to a winding but singable head. The soloists play over a beautiful and remarkable chord progression which also features some player-specific orchestration choices that take advantage of the unique sounds of his players. This is a fairly easy level 3. A must-have for any Ellington 7-piece ensemble!
    Solos: Alto, Tpt, Bone
    Composer: Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington
    Arranger: Duke Ellington
    Year: 1939
    Arrangement Year: 1939
    Style: Swing
    Sub-Style: Swing Era
    Vocal: No Vocals
    $49.99
    SKU#1029
    Lead Tpt E5
  • Swinging in the Dell
    Length: 2:32
    = 190
    as performed by Johnny Hodges
    Instrumentation: Ellington 7-pc
    Level: 2
    Notes: One of the upbeat Hodges/Ellington pieces, this time a variation on old nursery rhyme The Farmer in the Dell. After a statement of the melody, it's all solos with background riffs until the melody comes back at the end. A very simple solo vehicle that's great for getting dancers on the floor! Note: The trombone part is a little high for a level 2, up to an Ab
    Solos: Alto, Bone, Piano, Bari, Tpt
    Composer: Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges
    Arranger: Duke Ellington
    Year: 1938
    Arrangement Year: 1938
    Style: Swing
    Sub-Style: Swing Era
    Vocal: No Vocals
    $49.99
    SKU#1027
    Lead Tpt G5
  • Skunk Hollow Blues
    Length: 2:36
    = 125
    as performed by Johnny Hodges
    Instrumentation: Ellington 7-pc
    Level: 2
    Notes: Skunk Hollow Blues is a very laid back colorful blues and a fantastic rare gem of the swing era. The intro and head features plungered trumpet on one line, bari and bone on another, and the alto on a third melody, a rare true 3-part counterpoint! Riffs and triadic voicings back up a couple of solos, leading to an ending chorus full of new material, half of which sounds like the head and half of which is full of creeping chromatic motion full of dynamics. The trombone part has very little rest and high Bbs near the end, making this tough for level 2. A must-have!
    Solos: Tpt, Alto
    Composer: Johnny Hodges
    Arranger: Duke Ellington
    Year: 1939
    Arrangement Year: 1939
    Style: Swing
    Sub-Style: Swing Era
    Vocal: No Vocals
    $49.99
    SKU#1030
    Lead Tpt Eb5