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Big Bands
 tracks_icon_68.jpgThe 'Tracks' category for big bands provides background notes for downloadable mp3 tracks of bands in excess of 9 players.   Extract samples can be streamed for immediate review prior to selecting a download.   To date, the category includes tracks from the Allan Ganley Big Band, the Pete Cater Big Band, the James Hamilton 2008 prize-winning entry and some examples of Sammy Nestico charts.

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Unweaving The Rainbow (Audio)
 matt_roberts2_68This track is Matt Roberts’ second winning piece for the Dankworth Prize and features his big band talents.   He began his jazz career with the Durham Youth Band and got into composition and arranging during his time at Leeds College of Music.   'Unweaving the Rainbow' is his prize-winning entry in the big band category of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and Jazzorg 2010 Competition.   This recording is played by a band assembled by Matt for the recording and the piece was also premiered at Ronnie Scott's club in March 2010.   Click on the heading to get to a sample or go straight to the download for the full audio version at [this link]   This piece is a ‘how-to’ to accompany the manuscript download but it is also fine big band jazz in its own right played by some of the UK’s most talented young musicians.

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'Date On Sunday' (Audio)
beckwith_james_68 'Date On Sunday' by James Beckwith, a jazz composer in the making.   This track is the audio version of James's prize-winning entry in the 2009 Worshipful Company of Musicians/Jazzorg competition.   Hear the sample by clicking on the header and then download the full version to show you how the music should be played.   The fully notated manuscript is, of course, available on the sheet music tab.



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(Would Ya) Giz It (Audio)
hamilton_james68 '(Would Ya) Giz It' by James Hamilton, a jazz composer in the making.   This track is the audio version of James's prize-winning entry in the 2008 Jazzorg/Worshipful Company of Musicians competition.   Hear the sample by clicking on the header and then download the full version to show you how the music should be played.   The fully notated manuscript is, of course, available on the sheet music tab.



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Holland Park (Audio)
This track is from the Pete Cater Big Band recording 'The Right Time' and features solos by Sam Mayne (alto), Simon Walker (trombone) and Henry Collins (flugel).   The piece, entitled 'Holland Park' is a 3/4 time, big-band original by Frank Griffith, which is available on the Sheet Music tab.   It has some delightful voicings, which will make your band sound fresh and new and there is lots of space for solos.   The arrangement is scored for 5 Saxes, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones and Rhythm and there is a full 'conductor score'.   This full audio version, by the fabulous Pete Cater band is available to help in the interpretation of the notated piece.   It can be downloaded at [this link] for your guidance but it's also a great piece of jazz listening in its own right!   If you want to hear a sample just click on the heading and if you want to track down the Pete Cater Big band, just click the image.   Don't forget to give us your feedback by voting for this item on sheet music display.

Of the Pete Cater band, Ron Simmonds said in 'The Jazz Professional' magazine......'On a recording of such perfection it is difficult to single out individuals, I ain't never heard nothin' like this CD before, no sir!'

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Switch In Time
Another track from 'Nelson's Column' featuring the up-tempo, Sammy Nestico original 'Switch In Time'.   Sammy's composing and arranging reputation was established from the prolific output that he supplied to Count Basie and his material features in the pads of most 'rehearsal bands'.  This is big-band jazz at its best and you can download the full track of 'Switch In Time' at [this link] , hear a sample by clicking the heading and you can get to Sammy's website for his most recent compositions, by clicking on the image.



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Doin' Basie's Thing
The doyen of big-band composers and arrangers is the great Sammy Nestico, who supplied so much material for the Count Basie Band.   If you join a 'rehearsal band' (see FAQs 'What is a rehearsal Band?'), undoubtedly you will be enjoying a selection of what Sammy has generated over the years.   In particular, his swinging 'Doin' Basie's Thing' is a favourite chart for many bands and you can download the full track of 'Doin' Basie's Thing', played by 'Nelson's Column' at [this link] , hear a sample by clicking the heading and you can access more great music from Sammy's website by clicking on the image.



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Down The Line (Audio)
'Down The Line' is a superb, big-band original by Allan Ganley available on the Sheet Music tab.   The composition and arrangement has a '2-feel' groove, moving into '4' with some lovely voicings and solis, making this a swinger just right for your band.   The arrangement is scored for 5 Saxes, 4 Trumpets, 4 Trombones and Rhythm and there is a guitar part with written melody, together with a full 'conductor score'.   A full audio version is available to help in the interpretation of the piece which can be downloaded at [this link] but it's also a great piece of jazz listening in its own right!   If you want to hear a sample just click on the heading and don't forget to give us your feedback by voting for this item on sheet music display.

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Blew Hughes
Nelson's Column a big band, which played at the eponymous pub, had a repertoire mainly of the Nestico writing, originally done for Count Basie.   The beautiful ballad 'Blew Hughes' features some excellent trumpet and alto.   Any details of the players and their current whereabouts would be useful....

Click on the heading to hear a sample or click on [this link] , to get to the full track download.

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  • Small Bands  ( 7 items )
     tracks_icon_68.jpgThis category lists download tracks from bands of up to 9 players.   Currently featured are the Frank Griffith Nonet, Sax Appeal, Cubana Bop and the prize-winning Nicky Jaques small band composition.   Extracts are streamed so that the item can be reviewed prior to the full track download.
  • Quartets/Quintets  ( 6 items )
     tracks_icon_68.jpgQuartets and quintets, usually one or two horns plus rhythm, are accessed in this 'tracks' category .   Currently, the groups featured are the Andy Panayi Quartet, the Stan Sulzman Quartet and the Allan Ganley Quartet.   Extracts are streamed so that the item can be reviewed prior to the full track download.
  • Solo, duo and trio tracks  ( 3 items )
     tracks_icon_68.jpgThe solo, duo and trio category is intended to provide tracks of solo or small instrument combinations The category currently contains 2 solo piano compositions, specially written for jazzorg by Terry Seabrook and a track by Frank Evans.