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Misty - Saxophone Quartet

By Erroll Garner

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Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Soprano Sax - Intermediate
By Erroll Garner. Arranged by Alexander L Burden. Score, Set of Parts. 13 pages. Published by Burden Music (H0.184039-552230).

Item Number: H0.184039-552230

Genre: Jazz

Length: 4:15

Instrumentation: SaxophoneQuartet (SATB)

Misty was composed as an instrumental work in 1954 by the pianist Erroll Garner. Itwas first recorded for Garner's 1955 album Contrasts and was later paired with lyrics by Johnny Burke. Misty was adapted by Johnny Mathis and soon became his signature song. The chart appeared on his 1959 album Heavenly and reached number 12 onthe U.S. Pop Singles chart later that year. The Mathis version of ­Misty inspired Clint Eastwood’s 1971 motion picture Play Misty for Me, a low-budget film that proved to be a huge box-office success. 


Erroll Louis Garner (June 15, 1923 - January 2, 1977) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Jazz writer Scott Yanow called Erroll "one of the most distinctive of all pianists". Garner had a unique style and could swing like no other, but some of his best recordings are ballads such as his best-known composition Misty. Misty, rapidly became a jazz standard and was featured in Clint Eastwood's film Play Misty for Me (1971).

The Arranger:


Alexander Burden is a Florida born, professional saxophonist and music educator. Burden has an Associate of Arts degree with a Music Education and Saxophone Performance concentration from Eastern Florida State College where he was a student of James Bishop. Since 2015, Alexander has been completing a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Florida Gulf Coast University where he is a student of saxophonist Mario Bernardo. There he serves as principle saxophonist in the FGCU Wind Orchestra, lead alto in the Jazz Band Flight:Jazz at FGCU, and plays soprano saxophone in the Bower Saxophone Quartet ( Alexander was selected as principle alto saxophone in the 2017 Florida Intercollegiate Band and tenor saxophone in the 2016 Florida All-State Intercollegiate Band which performed at the FMEA conferencein January 2016. In November of 2015, Alexander participated in a critically acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the FGCU Wind Orchestra.

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