April 2024

Please click here to read our April Jazz Publishing newsletter, just sent on April 17th.

APRIL NOTES: (April 10th Update) Brand new is Frank Sinatra's 1944 version of 'Ol' Man River', as arranged by Axel Stordahl. A lot has been written and said about Sinatra and this song; from his performance of it in the 1946 film Till the Clouds Roll that was beloved by co-writer Jerome Kern to his allegedly bringing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to tears with it during the civil rights era, Sinatra felt a great kinship with this tune. It's also been said that Sinatra believed that this song was a great fit for him to really let his vocal skills shine. As Sinatra was a lifelong fighter of all forms of racism and bigotry, it's likely that the combination of emotion he could summon and skill he could display for 'Ol' Man River' were such a powerful combo that the song stayed with him for many decades, through the various very different stages of his career. Stordahl and Sinatra certainly worked well together, and this earlier highlight is a wonderful example of the emotive power Sinatra could bring to a song.

Quite possibly one of the most famous recordings of the 20th Century, Percy Faith's 'Theme from "A Summer Place"' arrangement helped usher in the burgeoning lounge scene in the United States. It was released in September 1959 as a Columbia Records single before the November 1959 release of the film A Summer Place. In February 1960 it became a number one hit and went on to set a record of nine consecutive weeks at number one (a record later broken in 1977). 'Theme from "A Summer Place"' is still the longest-running number one instrumental in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. In 1961 Faith won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year for his recording. In the year 2000 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2008 the recording was ranked at number 18 on Billboard's top 100 songs during the first 50 years of the Hot 100 chart and called "the most successful instrumental single of the rock era."

We have two more new Joe Newman small group arrangements. The longtime Count Basie trumpet star recorded a series of small group albums beginning in 1954 and our latest two are sextet charts from these sessions on 'I Never Knew' and 'Sidewalks of New York' as penned by Ernie Wilkins.

This is a ballad that I wrote for Bill Watrous's Grammy-nominated Tiger of San Pedro album, that, for whatever reason, never made it to the final release. Though Bill strongly disagreed at the time, legendary producer John Hammond was convinced, and rightly so, that Bill's strong suit for appealing to the general record-buying public would be ballads.
The score highlights Bill's exceptional range but the solo trombone part can be played without the 8va passages and be a suitable trombone feature. The flute and flugelhorn parts are optional but add a nice variety to the scoring. The solo trombone can take liberties with the time on the introduction and ending for dramatic effect especially if playing the melody 8va.This is a ballad that I wrote for Bill Watrous's Grammy-nominated Tiger of San Pedro album, that, for whatever reason, never made it to the final release. Though Bill strongly disagreed at the time, legendary producer John Hammond was convinced, and rightly so, that Bill's strong suit for appealing to the general record-buying public would be ballads.
The score highlights Bill's exceptional range but the solo trombone part can be played without the 8va passages and be a suitable trombone feature. The flute and flugelhorn parts are optional but add a nice variety to the scoring. The solo trombone can take liberties with the time on the introduction and ending for dramatic effect especially if playing the melody 8va.

Michele Fernández shows her Latin expertise in a new high-energy and sizzling arrangement of 'My Favorite Things' for jazz ensemble. It's a wonderful new take on a timeless melody, sure to be a favorite with all audiences, and an impressive choice for contest or festival. From Paul Murtha is James Brown's 'I Got You (I Feel Good)' in a solidly scored version perfect for young players. With a funky groove that captures the style of the original this chart also features solo opportunities for any combination of alto sax, trumpet, and trombone. Mark Taylor has also just crafted a great new arrangement of 'Cinema Paradiso'. Here is a beautiful setting for young jazz ensembles featuring a flugelhorn soloist in a Latin ballad style. Perfect as a change of pace for any program festival.

NEW PDF DOWNLOADABLE ARRANGEMENTS NOTES: (April 11th Update) The download version of 'Theme from "A Summer Place"' gives is five new PDF choices for April right below. We also added 13 new ones in March; please click here to view all PDF downloadable arrangements brand new to our site in March.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS: Sammy Nestico's 'Hayburner' has become one of the best-known entries in the sizable library of the Count Basie Orchestra for good reason. Largely through-composed, its easygoing melody pairs perfectly with a hard-driving sense of swing to produce unforgettable results. This publication is based on the original set of parts used by the Basie band on its 1968 recording Basie, Straight Ahead. On that note, Sammy titled this 'The Hayburner' in the original parts and in his 1967 copyright registration; however, for the album release it was re-titled to 'Hay Burner'. Another recent highlight is Jimmy Mundy's wild 'Ol' Man River' chart. Mundy's show-stopping take has an interesting and surprisingly long-winded origin story. It was initially conceived and arranged as a drum feature for Buddy Rich who was playing with Eddie Condon in 1949. Condon and Rich performed this live on TV for Condon's Floor Show (March 19, 1949). The chart was refined and developed over the next decade or so before making its way into the library of the Count Basie Orchestra to serve as a feature for drummer Sonny Payne. We also recently released one of Louis Armstrong's most beloved pieces, 'What a Wonderful World'.

Please click here to view these and many more new ones in our March New Arrangements pages.

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CINEMA PARADISO

Solo Flugelhorn Feature; Jazz Classics for the Young Ensemble

Arranged by Mark Taylor

Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Hal Leonard

HL-7014012

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HOT ROD HARRY

Discovery Jazz

Composed and Arranged by Paul Murtha

Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Hal Leonard

HL-7014225

$45.00

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I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD)

Easy Jazz Ensemble Series

Arranged by Paul Murtha

Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Hal Leonard

HL-7014223

$45.00

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I NEVER KNEW

As Recorded by the Joe Newman Sextet

Arranged by Ernie Wilkins, Prepared for Publication by Dylan Canterbury, Rob DuBoff, and Jeffrey Sultanof

Jazz Sextet Arrangement

Jazz Lines Publications

JLP-5186

$35.00

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I NEVER KNEW [DOWNLOAD]

As Recorded by the Joe Newman Sextet

Arranged by Ernie Wilkins, Prepared for Publication by Dylan Canterbury, Rob DuBoff, and Jeffrey Sultanof

Jazz Sextet Arrangement

Jazz Lines Publications

JLP-5186DL

$35.00

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MY FAVORITE THINGS

Jazz Ensemble Library

Arranged by Michele Fernández

Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Hal Leonard

HL-7014201

$55.00

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OL' MAN RIVER

As Recorded by Frank Sinatra

Arranged by Axel Stordahl, Prepared for Publication by Rob DuBoff, Jeffrey Sultanof, and Dylan Canterbury

Jazz Studio Orchestra Arrangement with Vocal

Jazz Lines Publications

JLP-9905

$65.00

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OL' MAN RIVER [DOWNLOAD]

As Recorded by Frank Sinatra

Arranged by Axel Stordahl, Prepared for Publication by Rob DuBoff, Jeffrey Sultanof, and Dylan Canterbury

Jazz Studio Orchestra Arrangement with Vocal

Jazz Lines Publications

JLP-9905DL

$65.00

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SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK, THE

Recorded by the Joe Newman Septet

Arranged by Ernie Wilkins, Prepared for Publication by Lilah DuBoff, Rob DuBoff, Dylan Canterbury, and Jeffrey Sultanof

Jazz Sextet Arrangement

Jazz Lines Publications

JLP-5151

$40.00

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SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK, THE [DOWNLOAD]

Recorded by the Joe Newman Septet

Arranged by Ernie Wilkins, Prepared for Publication by Lilah DuBoff, Rob DuBoff, Dylan Canterbury, and Jeffrey Sultanof

Jazz Sextet Arrangement

Jazz Lines Publications

JLP-5151DL

$40.00

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THEME FROM 'A SUMMER PLACE'

Recorded by the Percy Faith Orchestra

Arranged by Percy Faith, Prepared for Publication by Rob DuBoff and Jeffrey Sultanof

Studio Orchestra Arrangement

Jazz Lines Publications

JLP-5154

$50.00

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THEME FROM 'A SUMMER PLACE' [DOWNLOAD]

Recorded by the Percy Faith Orchestra

Arranged by Percy Faith, Prepared for Publication by Rob DuBoff and Jeffrey Sultanof

Studio Orchestra Arrangement

Jazz Lines Publications

JLP-5154DL

$50.00

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WOMAN'S NAME, A

As Written for Bill Watrous

Arranged by John La Barbera

Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Walrus Music Publishing

W-51582

$65.00

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WOMAN'S NAME, A [DOWNLOAD]

As Written for Bill Watrous

Arranged by John La Barbera

Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Walrus Music Publishing

W-51582DL

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