If you could put the first sip of warm coffee while watching the sun rise and reflecting on the good things in life into a piece of music, Blessed is it. This gospel-based piece is so pleasant it's basically therapeutic. Feature your tenor sax player with this approachable gospel piece.
This modern rock piece packs a punch even if you don't have a full band. Carry Forward features percussive rhythmic hits with a singable melody on top. It can be played with as few as 4 brass and 3 saxophones. Improvised solos use a single scale with no sour notes.
Idles Shadows is an up-beat yet mysterious bossa nova that will get your band and your audience dancing. With the vampy changes and easy ranges, this is a great piece to focus on tightening up rhythms. Trumpet and alto saxophone solos are written, but chord changes are also provided.
It’s creamy. It’s crispy. It’s delicious! Your developing band will love this modern groove. With written solos and optional parts for flute, clarinet, and horn, this is the perfect piece for your young band.
This slow-rock is bluesy and fun to play. Part of the "America the Bluesiful" collection, "Back Road" is a perfect chart to get a young band in a groove. Written solos are provided, but a blues scale is all that is needed to get started improvising.
This high-energy rock shuffle is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next concert. "Blood, Sweat, and Cheers" is part of the new "America the Bluesiful" collection. The title is a summation of the American dream where through endurance and hard work everyone has the opportunity to achieve their dreams. Each section is highlighted and there is a bluesy written trombone solo in the middle. This piece is approachable by a young band, but satisfying for any ensemble.
Your young jazz band will stand out with this calypso piece. Cake Mix uses a great balance of dissonance and consonance with an infectious groove to create a surprisingly mature sound for early jazzers. Trumpets don't go above a D in the staff and soloists can use F major pentatonic in the open solo section.