Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band

WorkInstrumentationStyle/GrooveDifficulty/Level
Around the World
  • Big Band (no doubling)
  • Big Band + Female Vocal
  • Jazz Ensemble (flexible)
  • Wind Symphony
LatinGrade 3
At The Start of Day
  • Jazz Trio: Piano, Bass, Drums
  • Big Band (no doubling)
  • Jazz Ensemble (flexible)
Piazzola-inspired BalladMedium-Advanced
Cirque du Brasse'air
  • New Orleans Brass Band
New Orleans & Circus bandsGrade 3-4
Flywheel
  • Jazz Trio: Piano, Bass, Drums
Triplet feel, ModernAdvanced
Klezmex (arr.)
  • Big Band (with doublings)
Straight 8ths KlezmerGrade 4-5
Nature Boy (arr.)
  • Big Band (no doubling)
  • Big Band + Male Vocal
Straight 8ths (up tempo)Grade 4-5
Velvet Couch (arr.)
  • Big Band (with doublings)
Straight 8ths FunkGrade 3-4
God Rest Ye Groovy Gentlemen
  • Big Band (no doubling)
Swing (danceable)Grade 4
Falling of Seasons
  • Big Band (with doublings)
  • Big Band (no doubling)
Straight 8ths, ModernGrade 5+ (professional)
Dig This Mallow
  • Big Band (no doubling)
Swing, New Orleans GrooveGrade 3-4
Lymph Mode
  • Jazz Ensemble
Straight 8ths (slow)Grade 3
Klafickle
  • Jazz Ensemble
Straight 8ths WaltzGrade 4
Interlude
  • SSAA Jazz Vocal Ensemble
  • SATB Jazz Vocal Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble (flexible)
Straight 8ths, LatinMedium

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Around the World

Featuring a driving Latin feel with catchy melodic phrases and harmony, this fun chart (scored for a variety of ensemble types) gets a crowd up tapping their feet and wanting to dance. Versions for Big Band, Concert Band, Flexible Jazz Ensemble and Leadsheet are available. The Lead Sheet has been published in the Australian Jazz Real Book.

Instrumentation: Big Band (no doubling) - 2 Alto Saxes, 2 Tenor Saxes, Baritone Sax, 4 Bb Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Rhythm Section (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums and optional Vibraphone). This is an instrumental big band version. There is also a vocal version available.
Style: Latin
Duration: 4min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 3
Year: 2011
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band; School Ensembles
Instrumentation: Big Band + Female Vocal - Female Vocalist, 2 Alto Saxes, 2 Tenor Saxes, Baritone Sax, 4 Bb Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Rhythm Section (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums and optional Vibraphone). This is the Vocal + big band version. There is also an instrumental version available.
Style: Latin
Duration: 4min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 3
Year: 2011
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band
Instrumentation: Jazz Ensemble (flexible) - Leadsheet with melody (and lyrics for optional vocalist), horn lines, chord symbols. Comes as a set with C, Bb, Eb and Bass Clefs transpositions. Can be performed by flexible ensemble with any variety of horns and rhythm section and optional vocalist.
Style: Latin
Duration: 2min 30sec (+1min per additional soloist)
Difficulty: Intermediate
Year: 2010
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band
Instrumentation: Wind Symphony - 2 Flutes, Oboe, Bassoon, 3 Bb Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, 2 Alto Saxes, 2 Tenor Saxes, Baritone Sax, 3 Bb Trumpets, 2 French Horns, 1 Trombone, 1 Euphonium, 1 Tuba, Drumset, Auxilliary percussion (clave, egg shaker, guiro, cowbell). This version is scored as a feature for Alto Saxophone and has written solo elements (with chord symbols above if they wish to improvise).
Style: Latin
Duration: 2min 45sec
Difficulty: Grade 3-4
Year: 2013
Commissioned by: This version for Concert Band was specially requested by Andrew Meers on behalf of Weston Winds Community Wind Band.
Filed under: Orchestral, Wind Symphony, Brass Band

At The Start of Day

With a Piazolla-esque atmosphere, the A section features trombone and alto saxophone before the piece grows into an uplifting and passionate B section. Solo section features the piano (fully written in the score for inspiration for the soloist).

Instrumentation: Jazz Trio: Piano, Bass, Drums - Piano, Bass, Drums. There is a sample solo notated for the pianist, with chord symbols above for the pianist to improvise from.
Style: Piazzola-inspired Ballad
Duration: 4min 30sec
Difficulty: Medium-Advanced
Year: 2010
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band
Instrumentation: Big Band (no doubling) - 2 Alto Saxes, 2 Tenor Saxes, Baritone Sax, 4 Bb Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Rhythm Section (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums). The solo passage features piano, with a sample solo notated and chord symbols above for the pianist to improvise from.
Style: Piazzola-inspired Ballad
Duration: 4min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 4-5
Year: 2010
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band
Instrumentation: Jazz Ensemble (flexible) - Leadsheet (melody & horn lines, chord symbols). Comes as a set with C, Bb, Eb and Bass Clefs transpositions. Can be performed by flexible ensemble with any variety of horns and rhythm section.
Style: Piazzola-inspired Ballad
Duration: 4min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 4
Year: 2008
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band

Cirque du Brasse'air

Imagine an eclectic mix of New Orleans brass bands, Oompah brass band and Circus bands - this charismatic piece explores the full range of colours and rhythmic drive available in this exciting lineup of instruments. Opening with a Funeral procession lead by the trumpet, then a characterful dark march, leading into an extended waltz section, reprised by the funeral procession.

Instrumentation: New Orleans Brass Band - 2x Bb Trumpets, 2x Tenor Trombones, Baritone Sax, Sousaphone (or Tuba), Percussion, Drum Kit
Style: New Orleans & Circus bands
Duration: 5min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 3-4
Year: 2011
Commissioned by: Brass Knuckle Brass Band
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band; Brass instruments

Flywheel

The piece features beautiful Eastern-European scales combined with rich Classical and Jazz harmony, with the melody featuring the double bass.

Instrumentation: Jazz Trio: Piano, Bass, Drums
Style: Triplet feel, Modern
Duration: 5min 30sec
Difficulty: Advanced
Year: 2012
Commissioned by: Restrung Festival of New Music (Brisbane) for world-class jazz trio Trichotomy (premiered at the festival in October 2012).
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band

Klezmex (arr.)

This is a big band arrangement of the fantastic piece by Stefano Bertozzi for his ensemble Banda Olifanta (Italy). The fun, groovin' piece is a fusion of jazz and klezmer, featuring solos for bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone.

Instrumentation: Big Band (with doublings) - Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, 2 Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax, 4 Bb Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Drums, Bass (no piano or guitar - they are to play auxilliary percussion such as shaker and/or darbuka). The solo passage features Tenor Sax, Trumpet 4, Trombone 1.
Style: Straight 8ths Klezmer
Duration: 4min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 4-5
Year: 2013
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band

Nature Boy (arr.)

This is an advanced level big band chart inspired by the version by Kurt Elling and Laurence Hobgood. It is thickly scored and features an open solo section as well as a drum solo over a vamped chord progression. It faithfully refers to many exciting melodic and harmonic moments from various performances by Kurt Elling and his ensemble.

Instrumentation: Big Band (no doubling) - 2 Alto Saxes, 2 Tenor Saxes, Baritone Sax, 4 Bb Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Rhythm Section (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums). The solo passage features Tenor 1 and Guitar.
Style: Straight 8ths (up tempo)
Duration: 5min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 4-5
Year: 2011
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band
Instrumentation: Big Band + Male Vocal - Male Vocalist, 2 Alto Saxes, 2 Tenor Saxes, Baritone Sax, 4 Bb Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Rhythm Section (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums and optional Vibraphone). This is the Vocal + big band version. There is also an instrumental version available.
Style: Straight 8ths (up tempo)
Duration: 5min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 4-5
Year: 2011
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band

Velvet Couch (arr.)

This is an arrangement of a piece by American Jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris. The piece is full of attitude with a 60's Soul-Jazz vibe. The solo section features trumpet and soprano sax.

Instrumentation: Big Band (with doublings) - Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, 2 Tenor Saxes, Baritone Sax, 4 Bb Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Rhythm Section (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drum) and optional Vibraphone. The solo passage features Soprano Sax and Trumpet 2.
Style: Straight 8ths Funk
Duration: 3min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 3-4
Year: 2012
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band

God Rest Ye Groovy Gentlemen

This advanced level chart reinterprets this traditional Christmas carol into a phat, swinging, grooving piece (with hints of the New Orleans feel in the drums, for good measure). Trumpet 1, Tenor Saxes and Trombone 1 have optional lower notes if players struggle with the extreme upper register. Solo section features Tenor 1 and Guitar (or piano).

Instrumentation: Big Band (no doubling) - 2 Alto Saxes, 2 Tenor Saxes, Baritone Sax, 4 Bb Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Rhythm Section (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums). The solo passage features Tenor 1 and Guitar.
Style: Swing (danceable)
Duration: 5min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 4
Year: 2012
Commissioned by: Melbourne Composers Big Band
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band

Falling of Seasons

This advanced level chart is a modern through-composed jazz work in two parts: the start is atmospheric and features lush orchestration with the saxophones doubling on flutes and clarinets; the second section is fast-paced with an ostinato bassline and has a quasi middle-eastern flavour.

Instrumentation: Big Band (with doublings) - 2 Alto Saxes (doubling Flutes), 2 Tenor Saxes (doubling Clarinets), Baritone Sax (doubling Bass Clarinet), 4 Bb Trumpets (Trumpets 1 and 2 doubling on Flugelhorns) , 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Rhythm Section (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums). The solo passage features Alto Saxophone. Double Bass part is difficult (heavily notated ostinato-based lines).
Style: Straight 8ths, Modern
Duration: 7min
Difficulty: Grade 5+ (professional)
Year: 2008
Awards: Winner of the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra and APRA National Big Band Composition Competition in 2005, broadcast live on ABC Jazztrack. Released on 'Dig This: Exploring the Big Band' CD (2013).
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band
Instrumentation: Big Band (no doubling) - 2 Alto Saxes, 2 Tenor Saxes, Baritone Sax, 4 Bb Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Rhythm Section (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums). The solo passage features Alto Saxophone. Double Bass part is difficult (heavily notated ostinato-based lines).
Style: Straight 8ths, Modern
Duration: 7min
Difficulty: Grade 5
Year: 2008
Awards: Winner of the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra and APRA National Big Band Composition Competition in 2005, broadcast live on ABC Jazztrack. Released on 'Dig This: Exploring the Big Band' CD (2013).
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band

Dig This Mallow

This fun big band piece is a cross between a swung version of a New Orleans Feel and a standard swing feel. It utilises all the cool techniques used from the swing era, like shakes, plunger mutes and trombone slides! Solos are open - over a blues progression. This is a crowd pleaser chart and a bit of fun for the band.

Instrumentation: Big Band (no doubling) - 2 Alto Saxes, 2 Tenor Saxes, Baritone Sax, 4 Bb Trumpets, 3 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Rhythm Section (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums). The solo passage is open to any horn or rhythm section instrument for soloing (solo chart with chord symbols transposed in C, Bb, Eb, and Bass Clefs). Bariton Sax has small solo features throughout the heads.
Style: Swing, New Orleans Groove
Duration: 5min
Difficulty: Grade 3-4
Year: 2011
Awards: Finalist, Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra Composition Contest 2013.
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band; School Ensembles

Lymph Mode

Written for large jazz ensemble featuring flugelhorn and soprano saxophone, this straight 8ths slow and broody piece was written in memory of Greenaway's father who passed away from cancer (hence the play on words for the title). There is a broad array of human emotions including regret, hope, love and wonder captured within the piece.

The piece features on the CD release 'Take it in Colour' (released 2006).

Instrumentation: Jazz Ensemble
Style: Straight 8ths (slow)
Duration: 8min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 3
Year: 2005
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band

Klafickle

This is a piece about the fickleness the world – to symbolise this yin-yang contrast, this piece flits between two keys – F# minor and A minor. Written for jazz septet as a straight 8ths waltz.

Instrumentation: Jazz Ensemble
Style: Straight 8ths Waltz
Duration: 6min 30sec
Difficulty: Grade 4
Year: 2007
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band

Interlude

Originally written for the female jazz vocal quartet Clever Sunday, this piece has been performed at music festivals and concerts around Australia. It is a fun up-beat ‘scat’-style (vocalise) piece, with an ostinato bassline. It features an improvisation section (which has been fully scored but could equally be improvised to good effect). There are several versions of the piece available – for SATB vocal ensemble, instrumental quartet, and flexible jazz ensemble.

Instrumentation: SSAA Jazz Vocal Ensemble - SSAA with lead sheet for optional rhythm section
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2007
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song; School Ensembles
Instrumentation: SATB Jazz Vocal Ensemble - SATB with lead sheet for optional rhythm section.
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2009
Filed under: Vocal, Choral, Art Song; School Ensembles
Instrumentation: Jazz Ensemble (flexible) - 2x Horns, lead sheet for Rhythm Section. Parts are transposed into C, Bb, Eb and Bass Clef for flexible instrumentation types.
Style: Straight 8ths, Latin
Duration: 3min
Difficulty: Medium
Year: 2009
Filed under: Jazz: Trio, Large Ensemble, Big Band