The following arrangements are available
Music. Ellen displays a mature grasp of the educational needs
of today's jazz student. These creative and original big-band compositions
will thrill you with their unique sound and their ease of performance:
At First Light - Grade 2
This is a lovely rock ballad featuring alto saxophone throughout.
Ellen is a superb composer who knows how to write for young bands
and still create fresh, interesting and beautiful music. The melody
will stick with you, and your band will love playing this one. Full
Score/parts for 5-4-4-4 instrumentation.
Cross Currents - Grade 3-4
What a wonderful jazz chart! The theme is stated with a bossa nova
feel by tenor and flugelhorn, followed by exciting ensemble sections
(highest trpt. note a written D). This is a great opportunity to
feature your piano "genius". A great Festival piece ...
without question! Full Score/parts for 5-4-4-4 plus opt. tuba.
The Doomsday Machine Meets Mr. Gelato- Grade 4-5
Ellen has created a wild, fun-filled chart which moves seamlessly
from an "afro" style 12/8 feel to a romp-stompin' swing
feel. Featured with the 1998 Washington All-State Jazz Ensemble
(which she conducted). 1st alto doubles on soprano sax. Lots of
solo space for many different players. This is a HOT chart! 5-4-4-3
Minor Mystery - Grade 2
Ellen has created a minor blues chart for young players which is
successful in every way! The melody is interesting and the ranges
are quite limited. Yet, Ellen is able to create excitement and a
fine musical experience for all involved...band and audience alike.
Try this one with your younger groups. 5-4-4-4
The Three J's - Grade 2-3
Ellen has a marvelous knack for being able to write sophisticated
music which is not difficult to perform. Her melodic and harmonic
sense is superb. She has managed to create a blues which is fresh
and interesting. Not easy to do. Features alto saxophone (with options
for others) and trumpet. Excellent rhythm section parts for the
young player. 5-4-4-4
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Other big band arrangements available
from Ellen directly include:
Unsentimental Journey – Grade 4
A slightly quirky, fun reworking of the old standard. Solo space
available for a variety of instruments.
I’ve Got A Crush On You – Grade 5
Ballad with double-time feel section. Trombone feature, doubles
on alto I and tenor I. Somewhat unusual spin on this beautiful tune.
Originally written for Jiggs Whigham and the Frankfurt Jazz Orchestra.
Recorded by the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble on "Low-Down",
Round Midnight – Grade 6
Dark and brooding arrangement of the Monk masterpiece. Tenor sax
feature. Originally written for the Village Vanguard Orchestra.
Doubles on all saxes, french horn part included. Recorded by the
Perth Jazz Orchestra on their album, “Perth Jazz Orchestra.”
Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Grade 4+
Vocal feature, key of F. Slow swing, modulates to Gb. Solo space
Ceol-Mvt. 1, Air and Dervish – Grade 6.
Original composition in two parts. Opening chorale segues into
7/4 + 6/4 up-tempo latin groove. Solos for guitar and alto sax as
written, but can be passed around. First solo section in 7/4 + 6/4,
second solo section stays in 6.
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