Small Ensemble

Jazz Combo Flex Pack

The Jazz Combo Flex Pack is a collection of 3 original compositions designed with the small high school jazz program in mind. Each piece is playable with 1-3 horns plus rhythm section. Much more than head charts, each composition consists of an arranged and harmonized melody, solo backgrounds, and an ensemble/shout section, providing your group with all the elements of a big band chart in a small group setting.

Coastin’ has a relaxed, bluesy swing feel, giving your ensemble a chance to really dig into the essential stylistic elements of jazz. The rhythm section alternates between stop time and straight ahead swing during the melody, allowing the horn harmonies to really shine.

Moon Gazer is a modal piece featuring a mellow straight-eighth groove. The AABA form alternates between D minor and Ab major, allowing students to improvise in comfortable keys for longer stretches.

Next Up is a minor, hard swinging piece in the style of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. This piece is a great feature for your drummer, with a drum solo intro and an ensemble section which alternates written phrases in the horns with drum solos. Students can improvise successfully either by playing the chord changes or using a C minor pentatonic or blues scale throughout the form.

Instrumentation:
3 melodic parts (with options for C, Bb, Eb, Bass Clef, Tenor Sax, and Flute)
Guitar
Piano (with chord symbols and suggested voicings)
Bass (with chord symbols and suggested bass lines)
Drums

      

Jazz Duets 2 Pack (Medium-Easy)

The Jazz Duets 2 Pack (Medium-Easy) is a set of two original duets designed with remote learning in mind. Each duet provides students an opportunity to work on both ensemble-style playing and improvisation. The duets are based on chord changes of jazz standards (Bb Blues w/ a bridge and “In a Mellow Tone”), allowing students an opportunity to work through the harmonies of essential jazz repertoire in a fresh, unique setting. Included play-along tracks make it possible for students to get a complete duet experience while working on matching style and intonation.

The class set includes C, Eb, bass clef, trumpet, and tenor sax parts, along with optional accompaniment parts for piano, bass, and drums. Play-along tracks include one for each individual duet part in addition to recordings of both parts together.

Looking for something easier?
Try Jazz Duets 2 Pack (Very Easy)

Looking for something harder?
Try Jazz Duets 4 Pack (Intermediate)

Jazz Duets 2 Pack (Very Easy)

The Jazz Duets 2 Pack (Very Easy) is a set of two original duets designed with remote learning in mind. Each duet provides students an opportunity to work on both ensemble-style playing and improvisation. Simple yet swinging rhythms, clearly marked articulations, and suggested scales for soloing make this set ideal for the beginning jazz band. Included play-along tracks make it possible for students to get a complete duet experience while working on matching style and intonation.

The class set includes C, Eb, bass clef, trumpet, tenor sax, and French horn parts, along with optional accompaniment parts for piano, bass, and drums. Play-along tracks include one for each individual duet part in addition to recordings of both parts together.

Looking for something harder?
Try Jazz Duets 2 Pack (Medium-Easy) or Jazz Duets 4 Pack (Intermediate)

Jazz Duets 4 Pack (Intermediate)

The Jazz Duets 4 Pack (Intermediate) is a collection of original duets designed with remote learning in mind. Each duet provides students an opportunity to work on both ensemble-style playing and improvisation. Included play-along tracks make it possible for students to get a complete duet experience while working on matching style and intonation. The duets are based on chord changes of jazz standards (F Blues, There Is No Greater Love, Blue Bossa, and Take the A Train), allowing students an opportunity to work through the harmonies of essential jazz repertoire in a fresh, unique setting.

The class set includes C, Eb, bass clef, trumpet, and tenor sax parts, along with optional accompaniment parts for piano, bass, and drums. Play-along tracks include each individual duet part in addition to recordings of both parts together.

Looking for something easier?
Try Jazz Duets 2 Pack (Medium-Easy) or Jazz Duets 2 Pack (Very Easy)