As Performed by Ted Heath
Arranged by Johnny Keating, Transcribed by Myles Collins
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Edition: Jazz Big Band Arrangement

Description: Swing - Advanced

Publisher: Lush Life Music

Transcribed from the original Johnny Keating chart, "Ol' Man River" is an absolute screamer of a chart, from the time when the Ted Heath band was at its height. Heath recorded two slightly different versions of the chart, the only difference being that the "Palladium Revisited" chart kicks off in G before modulating to Bb then Ab, whilst the "Kern for Moderns" version starts in Bb. This is the Palladium version. This is a fast, tough chart, particularly for the brass. Lead trumpet (Bobby Pratt) hits G6, and 2nd trumpet (Bert Courtley) F6. Trombones 3 & 4 need to reach Bb4, with 1 & 2 reaching C5. It is not for the faint hearted. The trumpet solo is improvised, and written on the 2nd part. The piano, bass & guitar parts are from chords. Whilst not a long arrangement, it is a showstopper if you can pull it off! There are no sax doubles.

Full Score
2 Alto Saxophones
2 Tenor Saxophones
Baritone Saxophone
4 Trumpets
4 Trombones
Trumpets 1-4: G6, F6, C6, A5
Trombones 1-4: C5, C5, Bb4, Bb4