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Movin' Uptown

By Benny Carter

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Jazz Ensemble - Grade 5
Composed by Benny Carter. Jazz Ensemble. Essentially Ellington: Jazz at Lincoln Center Library. Jazz; Swing. Conductor Score. 32 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.30565S).

Item Number: AP.30565S

Although Movin' Uptown has some technical difficulties (range and tempo), it shouldn't present too much of a musical challenge for your students. The style and content are very similar to a number of Sammy Nest pieces that high school and college bands regularly perform. Since this is an up-tempo flag-waver, Benny Carter chose to use a 64-bar AABA song form instead of the usual 32, which keeps each chorus at a length of one minute. Each A section consists of and a and a b, and the B section also are split in 2 8-bar sections.

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