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swing street

Swing Street

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what you get

  • Downloadable PDF Score & Parts for "Swing Street"
  • Downloadable MP3 of Maria's band playing this piece
  • Streamed 'video' of Maria's band playing this piece
  • Streamed video with Maria discussing the rehearsing of this music
  • Downloadable PDF document on rehearsal of this piece
  • Versatility for smaller bands (this piece may be performed with just 3 saxes, 1 trumpets and 1 trombone, along with piano, bass and drums)
  • Written out solos for very beginner bands with young improvisers needing a little help and direction
   This project was completed on 5/21/2008    read more

"Swing Street" is a medium-easy, Basie-style swing chart that I wrote for a movie I scored not long after moving to New York. This arrangement was originally published by Kendor Music in 1990 and it is now re-released here. It has solo space for tenor 1 and a short piano solo, but you could easily add solos if you wish.

To hear a sample of this track before purchasing, please click play on the flash player below. The full MP3 of the piece is available to you in your account after purchase.

For all these easy-band pieces, the instrumentation is typical big band: 5 saxes with no doubles, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 4 rhythm, but all charts can be played with as few as 3 saxes (alto, alto, tenor), 2 trumpets and 1 trombone. All rhythm parts are completely written out, but also have chord changes, so your rhythm section can try coming up with their own fills and comping. The improvised solos are also written out with chord changes, so beginning improvisers may rely on the written lines provided or they may give their own improvised solo a try. 

I've included a short streamed video for any directors looking for a few rehearsal tips.