Recorded by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Arranged by Sherman Irby
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Cat #: JLC-5031DL


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Edition: Jazz Big Band Arrangement with Vocal

Description: Shuffle Swing - Medium Difficult

Publisher: Jazz at Lincoln Center

Featuring vocalist Gregory Porter on the original JALC recording, Sherman Irby's arrangement of Merry Christmas, Baby delivers a musical holiday present in the form of a deeply bluesy, hard-grooving performance from top to bottom. Largely a vocal feature, the primary instrumental solos are for alto sax (bantering with the band) and tenor sax (as vocal accompaniment), but there is plenty of room to open things up for additional soloists as well. The trombone section also gets a nice, plunger-mute-heavy soli spotlight alongside the first vocal melody statement. Brass ranges are not overly high, but due to the slow tempo and overall louder dynamics, it can be a little bit of an endurance test. The vocal key is F.

Full Score
2 Alto Saxophones
2 Tenor Saxophones
Baritone Saxophone
4 Trumpets
3 Trombones
Vocal Key: F
Trumpet 1: D6
Trombone 1: C5