Kick Off Your Shoes is a boogie for 17-piece Big Band.
This minor boogie starts with a left hand piano groove after which each section enters playing a different theme. There are written out/improvised solos for trumpet, trombone and alto saxophone. The last section changes key combining themes heard earlier driving the piece home.
Hollywood Romance is a straight feel instrumental for 17-piece Big Band.
This moderately slow piece conjures up the sound and imagery of Hollywood's golden age.
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A Pinch Of Salt is a fast straight feel instrumental for 17-piece Big Band.
This lively, driving chart makes a nod to The Muppets Theme and features a tenor saxophone solo.
You Warm The Cockles Of My Heart is a medium-slow sentimental love song for 17-piece big band with vocal. The vocal ranges from G below middle C to the second D above middle C (G3-D5) and was originally arranged for a female vocalist although it would also suit a male baritone/crooner.
Cat Burglar is a medium-fast daring, sneaky and brazen sounding swing instrumental for 17-piece Big Band. It contains no solos other than the opening tip-toeing bass line and piano interjections.
Charleston is an arrangement of the Cecil Mack & Jimmy Johnson 1923 classic for 17-piece Big Band. There are 2 alternative combinations for the reed parts:
Clarinet (alto 1); Sax 1 (alto 2); Sax 2 (tenor 1); Sax 3 (tenor 2); Sax 4 (baritone)
Clarinet (tenor 1); Sax 1 (alto 1); Sax 2 (alto 2); Sax 3 (tenor 2); Sax 4 (baritone)
The rest of the parts work as normal although the guitar part can be replaced with banjo if there happens to be one to hand!
Cheers, Bill! is a medium-slow straight feel instrumental for 17-piece Big Band. It is a trombone feature dedicated to the revered trombonist, composer and arranger and band leader, Bill Geldard.
Nun With A Gun is a fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek, heist-sounding instrumental for 17-piece Big Band that is sure to raise a smile and get the audience to their feet.
It features an alto saxophone solo and a key change for the final hurrah.
The Inner Workings of Tina's Mind is a samba for 17-piece big band. It is highly rhythmic and energetic with constant shifting harmonic ideas between instrumental sections.
Moonlight Encounter is a sultry rumba for 17-piece big band featuring a trumpet soloist throughout. The trumpet soloist makes use of the Harmon mute with the other trumpets on cup mutes and trombones on bucket mutes.