Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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By: Shelton Berg
Instrumentation: Big Band / Chop Monster Series
Publisher: Kendor Music, Inc.
Grade 3 Swing Tempo = 176 $45.00
This chart features a very colorful orchestration, which will be enhanced by careful attention to dynamic and articulation markings. You will notice that some quarter notes are marked to be played long, while unmarked quarters should be detached. Overall the eighth-note style can be executed more evenly than the traditional triplet-based interpretation, but thinking of a triplet undercurrent will ensure a swing feel.
Certain accents can be treated like bell tones (measures 1 – 4, 42-43, 76-84, ect.). Also experiment with note lengths. Starting at measure 10 figures should be played very crisp, while the eighths in the saxes answer (the “and” of beat three in measure 18) can be fat, while the note ending measure 34 should be short (bite”). The quarter notes in measure 105-107 absolutely should be weighty. Measure 77-85 should build throughout since what follows is the most climatic point of the piece.
“Miles Mood” is a quality piece written by an outstanding composer. Shelton Berg is top-notch as his music. This chart as well as the “Chop-Monster” series should be a part of your library and will only serve to build on the information you have already given your students.
Top note for trumpet is G above the staff