Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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Written & Arranged By: Doug Beach/George Shutack
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Kendore Music, Inc.
Grade 2 BalladTempo = 76 $38.00
This beautiful melody with its rich harmonies blends perfectly in this very solid ballad for young players. The opening melodic statement builds gradually to include the full ensemble. Solo lines for trumpet are written out, but it would be nice to give these young players a shot at some changes.
It is recommended that the director take the piano chords and prepare a chart for soloists so they can begin to read the changes. This would be a great challenge, but also a very good opportunity to introduce your young player to the study of improvisation.
Through the chart, players should concentrate on feeling the 8th note pulse by subdividing the beat. The piano introduction should be played in time, joined by the trumpet melody in measure 5. The rhythm section kicks into a groove at measure 16.
Trumpet I may want to lay out at measure 20 to provide a rest after the opening solo. Melodies throughout should be played in a flowing, lyrical manner, with indicated phrase markings carefully observed.
Following the full ensemble section at measure 39, the chart begins to come back down before the solo returns at measure 47. The chart should end in time. If you have a young band and want them to learn the ballad style, this chart is for you.
Top note for trumpet is written E in the staff