Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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By: John Fedchock
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendor Music, Inc.
Grade: 3 Bossa Nova =126
John Fedchock brings us an original Bossa Nova for the high school big band that teaches as well as challenges the student in a Latin flavor.
This light Latin chart is a real winner for any high school book or upper level middle school. It features moderate brass ranges, repeated rhythmic patterns, and the tenor sax soloist is provided chord changes as well as a written "suggested" solo.
There are flugelhorn passages written and this is something I really enjoy seeing. The flugelhorns texture is so warm and lends itself to a Bossa Nova feel. If flugelhorns are not available, then bucket mutes will have to do, but try to get the true mellow make up of the flugelhorns. It will melt your audience and give the students who play these passages a real sense of accomplishment in doubling.
If more solos are desired by the director all you need to do is repeat measures 39 through 73, playing the written background the second time through the form.
It is suggested that the rhythm section make a big dynamic contrast into measure 73 as the flugelhorn players make the switch to trumpets. This is the shout chorus taking the chart to the final full ensemble chorus.
This original chart is an excellent addition to your library and would please both the students who are playing it and the audience who is hearing it. Bossa Rio is a fine work and a great second tune for your next big band concert.
Top trumpet note is written A above the staff.