Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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By: Dean Sorenson
Instrumentation: Big Band – “Standard of Excellence Jazz In Concert Series”
Publisher: KJOS Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Grade 2 Latin – Bossa Nova Tempo = 120 $45.00
“Tira”is a grade 2 composition in the Bossa Nova style. The Bossa Nova originated in Brazil and was popularized in the United States through the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim and the recordings of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz. The chord changes of Tiara are very reminiscent of Jobim’s Girl From Ipanema.
After a brief introduction, the melody is introduced in the saxes before being passed between the woodwinds and brass. The bridge (beginning at bar 25) is the first time the ensemble plays in rhythmic unison. After the solo section, which is open to all instruments at the discretion of the director, the ensemble plays a series of cross-rhythms before the saxes recap the bridge.
As with most Bossa Novas a medium tempo and soft volume are the norm. Tiara should be taken at a tempo and overall dynamic level to keep it in this Latin-Bossa Nova tradition.
As with all “Standard of Excellence Jazz In Concert Series”selections, “Soft ‘N Gentle”is designed to be played by the full jazz ensemble. This chart however, will sound full and complete by as little as nine (9) musicians. As with all “Standard of Excellence Jazz In Concert Series”a CD of the arrangement accompanies the chart so the young artists playing the music can hear it first.
If you have a young or beginning jazz ensemble assembled then this chart is a very good place to start. Not only dose it house essential Bossa Nova ensemble playing, but it uses changes that allow the soloist to shine.
Top note for trumpet D in the staff