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Big Band Charts by Jim Martin

Jim Martin

Jim Martin is an active composer/arranger, trombonist, pianist and music educator in the Midwestern United States. Jim's charts can be heard on numerous professional and big band recordings including the Rob Parton Jazz Tech Big Band, the University of WI/Milwaukee jazz ensemble, the Stan Bann Big Band, the University of TX at Austin, Art Farmer's Big Band and many others.  Credits also include string and big band arrangements on 3 CD's for Chicago singer Jean Laughlin.

Big band commissions have come from Rob Parton, the U.S. Airmen of Note, Univ. of WI/Milwaukee, Evanston Township HS, Lake County Community College, and numerous high school and college bands in the U.S.

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The Count is In
Composed and Arranged by Jim Martin
The Count Is In was commissioned by the Illinois Association of Jazz Educators a few years back. It is in the "Sammy Nestico/Basie" style, and is suitable for bands of High School level and above.

Solos are in tenor sax, trumpet, trombone and piano. You can listen and view the score at the same time, or just listen to the chart to the left. The recording is the Rob Parton Jazz Tech Big Band.

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Doxy 
Arranged by Jim Martin

Doxy is a straight ahead chart on the classic Sonny Rollins tune.  Includes a fun sax soli and so is in trombone 2.

This chart is appropriate for pro and college level bands and has been enjoyed by many excellent high school bands across the U.S. as well.   Be sure to listen to the entire chart using the player to the right.

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Dear Old Stockholm
Arranged by Jim Martin
Dear Old Stockholm has been a favorite of college and pro bands for a few years. The tune is based on a Swedish folksong, and was recorded most notably by Miles Davis.

The chart opens with an extended piano solo, ala Chick Corea. This chart is a hard driving swing chart that features open blowing sections over D minor blues. It builds in the ensemble during an extended drum solo (in time). Enuf said. Click on the link to just listen.

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Bebop.Com
Composed by Jim Martin
Bebop.com is a chart I did for the Univ. of WI @ Milwaukee jazz ensemble. This chart is based on rhythm changes and features an open solo section for different players to blow. Includes some modern twists and some hard swinging sections as well.

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Pocket Change
Composed and Arranged by Jim Martin
Pocket Change was written for the 2002 Six Pack Jazz Subscription Series. Its based in the Nestico uptempo swing style with a few modern twists.

Solos are in Tenor and Trumpet. Click on the link to listen to a "quick" reading of the chart by a university jazz ensemble.

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Semi-Mental Journey
Composed and arranged by Jim Martin

This chart is a fun one and a takeoff of the tune Sentimental Journey with a "rhythm changes" bridge thrown in the middle. Sort of "recomposition" in a way. I wrote this in a "Mintzer" type of style. I've always loved Bob's charts and have been influenced by his writing over the years.

Solos are in Trombone 1 and Alto 1. Set at about a level 4 chart, your college or excellent high school band will enjoy playing this one.

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Hole Lot A Blues
Composed and arranged by Jim Martin

This is an uptempo blues in Bb with some challenging lines in the horns depending on the tempo you take. Solos can be opened up for your soloists to get their cookies off on the blues.

Hole Lot a Blues one would make a good opener (or closer) on a concert. Ensemble sections are "nestico-like" - exciting and fast! Click on the link to listen to the Roosevelt University jazz ensemble directed by Rob Parton.

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Bird's Eyeview
Composed and arranged by Jim Martin

Bird's Eyeview is a chart that was commissioned by the Lake County Community College jazz ensemble directed by Bruce Mack. It's an original uptempo swing tune that is based on the changes to Charlie Parker's "Yardbird Suite".

The chart features a sax soli and solo for tenor sax but could be opened up for others. If you like uptempo bebop, you'll enjoy Bird's Eyeview.

Recorded by the Jazz Celebration Big Band - recorded live at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

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Blues for Mr. P
Composed and arranged by Jim Martin

Blues for Mr. P is a fun uptempo blues that allows for many band members to blow over Bb blues. Solo sections can be opened up for as many choruses as needed.

This recording features the fantastic trumpet soloing of Conti Condoli as well as other members of the Rob Parton Jazz Tech Big Band. This is a fun chart for players and listeners too. Take a listen.

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Dreamer of Dreams

Dreamer of Dreams is the only chart I've ever written in 3/4 time. At the time of its writing, I was listening to alot of Bob Florence charts, so I believe that this one is definitely influenced by Bob's writing.

The chart is fairly uptempo and features alot of flute lead in Alto 1. Solo is for flugelhorn. This is a fun one if you are looking for something in the 3/4 time bag without sounding "waltzy". Give it a listen.

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Songs by Jean Laughlin arranged for big band by Jim Martin

It's OK to Disagree (for female vocalist)
Composed by Jean Laughlin
Arranged by Jim Martin

This is another fun chart that was done for Jean Laughlin's latest CD What Am I Looking For? It's an uptempo chart that is right out of the 40's swing dance band era.

This recording features Jean Laughlin along with solos by Tom Garling (trombone) and Jim Gailloreto (tenor). Another fun chart to feature your female vocalist. Listen by clicking on the icon to the left.

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Take A Risk (for female vocal)
Composed by Jean Laughlin
Arranged by Jim Martin

This is a chart that was done for Jean Laughlin's latest CD What Am I Looking For? Jean and I have collaborated on a few CD's over the years. The charts are mainly for string orchestra but we do sneak a few big band arrangements in too.

"Take a Risk" is a bluesy 3/4 time tune with some hard driving figures in the band. (Actually the whole band is chocked full of great players!) Feature your female vocalist on this one. Listen by clicking on the player on the right.

PRICE - $17.95

Own Up (for female vocalist)
Composed by Jean Laughlin
Arranged by Jim Martin

Own Up is a blues 12/8 feel swinger that begins with a rubato section for female vocalist and piano.

This recording features Jean Laughlin along with the soulful tenor work of Jim Gailloreto. Another fun chart to feature your female vocalist. Listen by clicking on the icon to the right.

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