Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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By: Greg Sims
Arranged By: Greg Sims
Publisher: World Time Music/Houston Publishing, Inc.
Distributed By: Hal Leonard Corp.
Grade: 1 1/2 to 2 Bossa Nova = 132 $40.00
This chart is really a learning tool for the director who is starting to teach the beginning combo on the middle school and introductory high school levels the Bossa Nova. Each part was composed using three part writing with separate parts for say trumpet 1, saxes 2 and trombones 3. The chart allows you to mix and match voicings so that all instruments can experience the feel of leading the ensemble as well as how to match inner voices for blend and articulation that will compliment the lead parts. The chart comes with a stylistic teaching guide designed to explain the origin and type of characteristics associated with the Latin Bossa Nova.
Also included in the packet are rhythm section work sheets to give all rhythm players additional patterns and voicing to help the section play with more creativity. This well help these individuals create new feels and textures in the style complimenting the ensemble with new colors and approaches. Improvisation sheets for soloists and a play along cassette are included. The tape has both the chart for the entire band to hear as well as a “pro” rhythm section playing the changes on a loop for soloists to learn the chords.
The cover sheet for directors encourages the teacher to allow the students to “listen, listen, listen”. What else can be done to help the young band learn and grow; not much. This chart/learning tool for the small ensemble has it all supplied and if your the director of a new combo then this one is an essential part of your jazz ensemble library.