St. Louis Blues composed by W.C. Handy (1873-1958). Arranged by John Denton. Jazz Ensemble. Jazz Ensemble. Jazz Band Series. Grade 3. Conductor Score & Parts. 98 pages. Published by Belwin Music (AP.JEM03018).
Here is a must-have jazz classic that has been performed by virtually every jazz artist from composer W.C. Handy and Glenn Miller to Herbie Hancock. That's because it is a clever and interesting tune - going from major to minor then back to major all the while keeping the blues form. Arranger John Denton creatively sets the groove as a swing shuffle right from the first note and it continues to build. Solo space for tenor sax along with the flexibility of optional parts makes this a winner.