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Misty - Saxophone Quartet

By Erroll Garner

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Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Soprano Sax - Intermediate - Digital Download
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 musician and music educator residing in Southwest Florida. There, he is the music teacher at Westside Elementary in Clewiston. Concurrent with his duties at Westside, he also teaches private and group instrumental music lessons and preforms regularly with various professional ensembles throughout Southwest Florida. Burden holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an instrumental concentration from the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. There he studied under world renowned saxophonist Mario Bernardo. He also holds 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. During his time at the Bower School of music, he served as principle saxophonist in the FGCU Wind Orchestra, lead alto in the Jazz Band Flight: Jazz at FGCU, and played soprano saxophone in the Bower Saxophone Quartet. Alexander was selected to play tenor saxophone in the 2017 National Intercollegiate Band as well as principle alto saxophone in the 2017 Florida All-State Intercollegiate Band and tenor saxophone in the 2016 Florida All-State Intercollegiate Band. 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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