"Swing Street" is a medium-easy,
Basie-style swing chart that I wrote for a movie I scored not long after moving to New York. This arrangement was originally published by Kendor Music in
1990 and it is now
re-released here. It has solo space for tenor 1 and a short piano
solo, but you could easily add solos if you wish.
For all these easy-band pieces, the instrumentation
typical big band: 5 saxes with no doubles, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 4
all charts can be played with as few as 3 saxes (alto, alto, tenor), 2
trumpets and 1 trombone. All rhythm parts
are completely written out, but also have chord changes, so your rhythm
can try coming up with their own fills and comping. The improvised
are also written out with chord changes, so beginning improvisers may
the written lines provided or they may give their own improvised solo a
I've included a short streamed video for any directors looking for a few rehearsal tips.