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Jazz Ensemble - Intermediate
Composed by Christopher Burnett. Arranged by Christopher Burnett. Jazz, Latin Jazz, Big Band, Bossa Nova, Latin. Score, Set of Parts. 59 pages. Published by BurnettPublishing.COM (S0.287765).
Item Number: S0.287765
Villages - composed and arranged by Christopher L. Burnett, BMI
(BurnettPublishing.com School Jazz Ensemble Series)Composer’s Notes
“Villages” is one of our School Jazz Ensemble series charts purposelysuited for performance by directors and groups looking for interestingoriginal jazz music in the Grade 3 range of difficulty.THE ARRANGEMENTA strong melody written in the treble clef staff makes "Villages" anexcellent program consideration for concerts. It's a memorable tune.Rhythm section parts contain written chord voicings in the piano,composed lines for the bass player and chord symbols.Drum set and percussion parts include annotated band cues.The arrangement utilizes several combination groups of instrumentswithin the band to state thematic materials and counter-lines.Flute replaces one of the alto saxophone parts to add its timber tothe ensemble sound and also supplements the upper ranges of the fullensemble voicings as well.Brass ranges are not extreme. Trumpets remain within the staff.The lower trumpet parts reinforce trombones in some places.A solo for Flugelhorn covers the second voice in the trumpet section.PROGRAMMING CONSIDERATIONS"Villages" is an excellent choice for any performance. The extendedflugelhorn solo (improvised with chord progression annotated, orsuggested written music on the part) allows consideration for a jazzfestival and ensemble contest programming situations as well.“Villages” was first performed for an audience in December of 2017 byDr. Jared Prost and his Leavenworth High School Jazz Band class andpremiered as part of their program at the Command and General StaffCollege on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKSSpecial thanks to Dr. Prost for providing valuable input that helpedme establish the parameters for arranging and writing for schoolensembles regarding rhythmic figures, suggested ranges, etc.And, it was cool to be able to bring the work in progress to schooland have the students play segments. We were also able to use thecreation of this work as part of the jazz education of the students byincluding almost everyone in the decision-making process regardingsome aspects of the chart itself. I think the students had a good timelearning and will enjoy playing this composition for years to come.
CbChristopher L. Burnett, BMIBurnettPublising.com
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