Composers - 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 5 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, University of Portland, Air Force Falconaires, and numerous other high school, college, and pro bands across the U.S.

Big Band Charts

Sweet Georgia Brown

Sweet Georgia Brown - Arranged by Jim Martin
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Level 3 1/2

This chart is a fun and straight ahead version of the old classic standard.  The chart features the band as well as a variety of soloists, including a “stop time” solo for trombone. Trumpet does not go very high, so this chart is playable by even good high school bands. Take the tempo as you see fit, but not too fast!

Price: $19.95

Dear Old Stockholm

Dear Old Stockholm - Arranged by Jim Martin
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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.

Price: $19.95

Main St. News

Level 3 1/2

Main St. News is a straight ahead Basie style tune featuring solos by tenor sax and piano.  I took a few summer classes at the Eastman School of Music in the summer of 1983. This chart was named after the little store near the school where more than one quart of beer was purchased for a late night of copying parts. (no Finale back then!)

Price: $19.95

Main St. News - Composed by Jim Martin
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SUNY Triangle

SUNY Triangle - Composed by Jim Martin
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Level 4 1/2 (medium/difficult)

SUNY Triangle is the big band version of the chart of the same name that was commissioned by Rick Holland for small band. The chart is set in an easy latin feel over the changes to the wonderful tune Triste.

Features tenor solos and piano as well as a 3 part fugal section meant to challenge the horn players. This is a fun one to play and rehearse. The recording to the right is the small band version.

Price: $19.95

Shuffle This

Shuffle This - Jim Martin
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Level 4 (medium/difficult)

This is a 16 bar blues, medium swing. It is pretty straight ahead and fun to play. Includes a 32 bar saxophone soli. Solos can be open and are straight blues first, then when backgrounds come in the form of the tune takes over.  Recorded by the Jazz Celebration Big Band – recorded live at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

Price: $19.95

The Count is In

The Count is In - Jim Martin
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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.

Price: $19.95

Doxy

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.

Price: $19.95

Doxy - Arranged by Jim Martin
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Bebop.com

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.

Price: $19.95

Bebop.com - Composed by Jim Martin
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Pocket Change

Pocket Change - Composed by Jim Martin
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Pocket Change was written 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.

Price: $19.95

Semi-Mental Journey

Semi-Mental Journey - Composed by Jim Martin
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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.

Price: $19.95

Hole Lota Blues

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.

Price: $19.95

Hole Lota Blues - Composed by Jim Martin
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Bird's Eyeview

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

Price: $19.95

Bird's Eyeview - Composed by Jim Martin
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Blues for Mr. P

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.

Price: $19.95

Blues for Mr. P - Composed by Jim Martin
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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.

Price: $19.95

Dreamer of Dreams - Composed by Jim Martin
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The Count Steps Out

The Count Steps Out is in the style of Sammy Nestico. The chart features written solos, along with a key change from Bb Major to Db Major. Trumpets stay in the staff so a strong lead trumpet player is not necessary.

 

This piece was commissioned by the University of Portland Jazz Festival HS sight reading. Recording is by the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra.

Price: $19.95

The Count Steps Out - Composed by Jim Martin
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Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder is a minor blues that features solos in trumpet, trombone along with a saxophone soli. After this chart was written, I was alerted that the first few bars of my melody is just like a certain Stanley Turentine tune. I must have heard that tune somewhere in my lifetime. I hate when that happens! 

This piece was commissioned by the University of Portland Jazz Festival HS sight reading. Recording is by the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra.

Price: $19.95

Clam Chowder - Composed by Jim Martin
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Female Vocal w/ Big Band

A Work in Progress

This is another fun chart that was done for Jean Laughlin’s latest CD “Miracle of Life”. It’s an uptempo swing vocal chart that features tenor sax and trombone.
 

This recording features Jean Laughlin along with solos by Tom Garling (trombone) and Mark Colby (tenor). Another fun chart to feature your female vocalist. Listen by clicking on the player to the right.

Price: $17.95

A Work in Progress - Jean Laughlin
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Smile

This is a chart that was done for Jean Laughlin’s latest CD “Miracle of Life”.
 

“Smile” combines both a nice easy Basie feel, along with sections of double X. These sections balance out nicely. Solo is in tenor sax 1.

Price: $17.95

Smile - Jean Laughlin
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It's OK to Disagree

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.

Price: $17.95

It's OK to Disagree - Jean Laughlin
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Take a Risk

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.

Price: $17.95

Take a Risk - Jean Laughlin
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Own Up

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.

Price: $17.95

Own Up - Jean Laughlin
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Party Down

This chart is a fun medium swing chart. Solo changes are similar to Doxy changes.

 

Solo section can be open if desired.

Price: $17.95

Party Down - Jean Laughlin
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