Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
Click below to listen to the interview
Click below to read the article
“Don’t Be Silly"
Written and Arranged By: Lars Halle
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendor Music *Jazz Journey Series / For Advancing Ensembles
Grade 3 1/2 Medium Funk q = 96 $42.00
Lars Halle is based in Philadelphia (PA) and is a big band drummer, arranger and composer. He leads the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra from his drum set, and his music has been performed by and written for such established jazz performers as Bobby Shew, Rob McConnell, Jon Faddis, Kurt Elling and John Swana to name a few.
“Don’t Be Silly” thrives on the exploitation of it’s inherent simplicity. The idea is to lock into a funk groove that just wont budge. This groove can have a sturdy “hip-hop” feel, with the sixteenth notes slightly swung, but it will also work fine as a straight funk. This gives the director a chance to mold the chart to fit the band.
The articulations are key to making the figures and rhythms come alive. The drummer and bass player should not elaborate too much from what’s written. Playing too busily will create clutter and take away from the simplicity of the tune.
The “stop-time’ tutti section needs to be played accurately and with no set-ups between figures. This can be a really fun chart to play. The abundance of repeated motifs and figures will reduce the time it takes to learn the notes and expedite the band’s ability to make music. The chart can be challenging, but if everyone learns the lines it will become a great closer for your next jazz concert.
Top note for trumpet is written A above the staff