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BOOKS:
Jazz  Wizard Junior book 1
(middle school)
Jazz  Wizard Junior book 2
(upper middle/high school)
Jazz Fiddle Wizard
(College)

ORCHESTRA MUSIC:
Stringin' the Blues
(grade 3.5)
Swing on a String
(grade 3)
Swing There, Done That
(grade 2.5)

STRING QUARTET MUSIC: Jammin' Jazz Standards

Workshops:
Descriptions
Schedule
Feedback
Pictures
Handouts

Education:
Syllabus 1
Syllabus 2
Students
Arrangements

History:
Seifert Interview
Discography

 

EDUCATION - ARRANGEMENTS:

The following table was initially developed as a handout for IAJE's Teacher Training Institute in Kansas City, 2002. 
I asked a couple of members of the IAJE string caucus to list their favorite arrangements that they had actually used in concert with students. The table was updated in January 2003 but is by no means complete. Please check stringscentral.com for a more complete listing.

Arrangement title:

Composer:

Arranger:

Publisher:

Ordering Information:

Target level

Feel:

Tempo:

Key:

Highest note

Most difficult written rhythm:

 Solo section description (scale(s), chords etc):

Comments: 

String Quartet Arrangements

Jammin’ Jazz Standards:

It had to be you, Take Five and 5 others

Various

Bert Ligon,

Martin Norgaard,

Bud Caputo,

Matt Turner & Tom Sharp

Latham Music, Ltd.

(800) 645-7022

www.latham-music.com

High school, college

mainly swing

ballad, medium, up

 

G, C, F, Eb

 

 

Solo are written out plus chords are listed for students that want to improvise

Collection sponsored by the Jazz String Caucus. All royalties will benefit the caucus.

No. 1    (Number One)

Mimi Rabson

Mimi Rabson

E&R Music Engravers, 17 Iris Way, Haverhill, MA 01830

http://meemzmusic.com/score.html

Five Pieces for String Quartet. $40
(As played by The Really Eclectic String Quartet.)

high school, college

rock, funk

quarter note = 96

C

violin: Eb (3rd position)
 viola: Db (on A string)
 cello: middle C

syncopated 16th note rhythms.

16-bar section of the piece can be repeated for solos. Chords: C7, F7, Bb, B dim.  C blues scale,
bebop scales.

Paula Zeitlin:

there are several 16th note chromatic passages in this piece that
are challenging, but the overall funk groove makes it fun to play over.  The cello part may also be played by bass.  For the style, listen to recordings by RESQ (Really Eclectic String Quartet), Mimi Rabson’s jazz string quartet.

String Orchestra Arrangements (can often be adapted to string quartet)

Caravan

(Mood Indigo & Tangerine)

Ellington/Mills/Tizol

Lennie Niehaus

Kendor Music

 

upper middle school, high school

swing

med up

 

 

 

Includes chords for soloing and sample solo

Part of new jazz string orchestra series from Kendor

Life’s a Mystery

Bud Caputo

Bud Caputo

Caputo Music

301-294-3358

caputomusic@att.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

comes with demo CD

Skylife

David Balakrishnan

David Balakrishnan

Shar Products

sharmusic.com

7251+150

$18.00

high school, college

rock, funk

quarter = 72

D

Vio: E 4th pos. on E-string

Vla: E on A-string

Cello: E on A-string

16th syncopations

Em to C7 vamp

MN: great rock feel arrangement only slightly watered down from original TISQ

Blues-It or Lose-It!

Bryan Kidd

Bryan Kidd

Belwin/Warner Bros.

BSO9806

beginner/middle school

Blues fifties style rock

quarter = 126-132

D minor

violin: open E
viola: same E (optional) or D a ninth above middle C
cello: A below middle C (open A)

whole note tied to a quarter

D minor pentatonic scale

Laura Reed: 2nd violin part doubles the viola. An optional cello part is available if there are no basses in the group. The piece can easily be played without the Orff instruments. Good for reinforcing "low second finger" with beginners. Students have to follow somewhat complex "road maps" of DS al coda, repeats, etc.

Summer Camp Blues

Joe Parillo

Joe Parillo

Neoga Music

joeparillo@neogamusic.com

adv. middle to high school

Blues

quarter note = 104-108 

F

violin:  A on the E string
viola:  A (octave above a string) This can be brought down an octave to match
the difficulty level of the other parts.
cello:  C on the a string

8th note triplets

chords ?

Christine Harrington:

My students loved this piece!  Most had never played anything like
it in school or youth groups and certainly had never before been asked to improvise.  There are many accidentals that raise the difficulty level of this piece however it was still easy enough to learn in 2 weeks and perform with first-time soloists. Bass:  walking bass line written out with chord changes
Piano: Chords and chord changes

Blues For Oaktown

Darol Anger

Darol Anger

Shar Products

sharmusic.com

7250 150

$18.00

high school college

swing

quarter = 145

F

Vio: Bb on E-string

Vla: F on A-string

Cello: D on A-string

eighth notes and eighth note triplets consecutive

C blues

MN: apart from a couple of odd accompanying figures great arrangements. Cool shout chorus

String combo: 2 violins, Viola, Cello, Piano, Bass, Drums

Cabana Cubano

Bert Ligon

Bert Ligon

Self-published

Website

$30.00

high school, college

Latin

half note = 94

Eb

(Cm)

Vio: C on E-string

Vla: G on D-string

Cello: C on A-string

eighth note off-beats in cut time

Mostly in Cm and Eb major. Lots of passing chords for advanced students

MN: Way cool Latin feel. Great audience response.

Mr. T.J.

Bert Ligon

Bert Ligon

Self-published

Website

$30.00

high school, college

Swing

quarter = 180

Bb

Vio: C on E-string

Vla: G on D-string

Cello: E on A-string

swing eighth off-beats

Bb Rhythm changes

MN: great for bebop lines and swing phrasing

Bossa Verde

Bert Ligon

Bert Ligon

Self-published

Website

$35.00

high school

Bossa Nova/Latin

 

quarter = 132-144

E minor

violin:  E on staff
viola: G on staff
cello: middle C

syncopated eighth note starting melodies, or in the middle of lines

Based on chord progression for “Autumn Leaves”. Mostly uses II V I progression in E minor or G major, two related keys.

Renata Bratt: Students really enjoy playing this and do well on solos. There is sufficient variety for advanced students to appreciate playing. However, because all rhythms are arranged with two parts at a time so that only two rhythmic lines will be playing at once (cellos and violas vs. violins 1 and 2 and so on), though with different notes, more timid players will feel at ease. There are written-out etudes for all instruments which the conductor can use to introduce melodic improvisational concepts within a given key area.

CSQ Blues

Bert Ligon

Bert Ligon

Self-published

Website

$35.00

high school

Swing

quarter = 132-144

G

violin:  G on staff
viola: F on staff
cello: D on A string

syncopated eighth-note rhythms starting on up-beat to one or three.

G Blues, with a I VI II V cadence

Renata Bratt: Fine blues form piece with no more than two separate rhythmic lines played at once. Lots of question and  answer style (call and response) rhythm and melody in the arrangement. There are written-out etudes for all instruments which the conductor can use to introduce melodic improvisational concepts within the G Blues chords or using the major and minor blues scale.

What’s Next

Bert Ligon

Bert Ligon

Self-published

Website

$30.00

junior high

high school

Swing

quarter = 160-240

E minor (dorian)

violin:  F# on staff
viola: G on staff
cello: D on A string

tied up-beat eighth note to next beat, usually a half-note or longer

Solos section consists of 16 bars of E Dorian, 8 bars of G mixolydian, then 8 more bars of E dorian. E dorian uses the scale of two sharps, G mixlolydian the scale of no sharps or flats.

 

MN: A great entry level jazz tune for a junior high or high school group. Syncopated rhythm and jazzy sounding, but all are playing the same rhythms at the same time. There are written-out etudes for all instruments which the conductor can use to introduce melodic improvisational concepts within the two  given key areas.

Collections including instructional materials and CD with rhythm section accompaniment

Jazz Fiddle/Viola/Cello Wizard Jr.

example arr.:
Sweet Rose

Martin Norgaard

Martin Norgaard

Mel Bay Publications

melbay.com

 

middle school

swing, rock

example arr.: quarter = 112

example arr.: G

example arr.:

violin:  E on staff
viola: E on A-string
cello: open A

example arr.:

eighth note off-beat

example arr.:

G major scale over ii-V-I in G

Renata Bratt: These arrangements work very nicely for intermediate players new to jazz, and the soloing sections, while sounding cool, are well within a young player's grasp. They are not for string quartet, but rather have three parts, but since all parts are written for each instrument, you can readily choose when to double.

The nice thing about this arrangement is that you can then use your valuable rehearsal time learning how to groove and solo over easier chord changes, rather than trying to play harder arrangements and learning to solo as an afterthought. I have had great success with these pieces in my chamber music programs for that age group here in California. The kids especially appreciated having the accompaniment CD (which comes with each book) to work with at home.

Jazz Philharmonic

example arr.: 
De Blues

Randy Sabien & Bob Phillips

Randy Sabien & Bob Phillips

Alfred

http://www.alfred.com/

each instrument sold separately

$55.70 full set

middle school, high school

swing, rock, latin, balled

example arr.:

med.

example arr.:

D

example arr.:

violin:  E-string
viola: D on A-string
cello: D on A string

bass: C

example arr.:

eighth note off-beat

D blues scale

 

Swing Set for strings

example arr.:

Ain’t It So

Thom Sharp

Thom Sharp

Sharp Mountain Music

sharpmountainmusic.com

 

middle school

swing

example arr.:

quarter = 120

example arr.:

 

D

violin:  D on staff
viola: A on staff
cello: D or E or G on A string

example arr.:

syncopated eighth-note rhythms starting on up-beat to one or three

All parts with chords, can do solos over small or large sections. All within the key of D, but might go outside to B mi7 E7 for a couple of Bars.

Renata Bratt: There are 56 written-out etudes of “Bowing and Scale Technique” for all instruments which the conductor can use to introduce melodic improvisational concepts within the chords of the four tunes. These are very simple motif or “lick” based exercises, “using a limited range of notes within the key of D”. All parts come with an accompanying CD.

 

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