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Jazz Ensemble Music 2021-2022

Jazz Ensemble Music 2021-2022

Welcome Jazz Directors

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All Excelcia Jazz charts come with free play-along practice tracks for practice of improvisation skills, that feature rhythm section accompaniment over the solo section changes.

Choose the Perfect Level for Your Ensemble

Grouped in five difficulty levels ranging from beginner to advanced, each Excelcia Jazz chart is carefully edited and has fully notated rhythm section parts, with chord changes where appropriate.  Guitar chord frame charts specific to each piece is included in the more accessible grades in the series (Grades 1 and 1.5), showing both basic and advanced options for the Guitar player. Included are free play-along practice tracks for practice of improvisation skills, that feature rhythm section accompaniment over the solo section changes.

Jazz Odyssey Series

Grade 1

Grade 1

  •  Playable with a core instrumentation of Alto Sax 1 & 2, Tenor Sax 1, Trumpet 1 & 2, Trombone 1, Piano, Bass (cued in Piano) Drums
  • Includes parts for a full ensemble (5/4/4/4)
  • Optional parts included for Flute, Clarinet, Horn in F, Tuba
  • Limited ranges in the winds
  • Carefully notated rhythm section parts

Jazz Exploration Series

Grade 1.5

Grade 1.5

  •  Playable with a core instrumentation of Alto Sax 1 & 2, Tenor Sax 1, Trumpet 1 & 2, Trombone 1, Piano, Bass (cued in Piano) Drums
  • Includes parts for a full ensemble (5/4/4/4)
  • Optional parts included for Flute, Clarinet, Horn in F, Tuba
  • Limited ranges in the winds
  • Carefully notated rhythm section parts

Jazz Horizon Series

Grade 2-2.5

Grade 2 to 2.5

  • Tenor Sax 2, Trumpet 4, Trombone 4 and Guitar are optional
  • Includes parts for a full ensemble (5/4/4/4)
  • Other optional parts include Flute, Clarinet, Horn in F, Tuba
  • Range is expanded, but still carefully considered
  • Carefully notated rhythm section parts

Jazz Voyage Series

Grade 3-3.5

Grade 3 to 3.5

  • High school ensembles
  • Full instrumentation (5/4/4/4)
  • More independent rhythm section parts
  • Longer solo sections
  • Carefully notated rhythm section parts

Jazz Zenith Series

Grade 4 & Up

Grade 4 and up

  • Advanced high school ensembles
  • More freedom in overall concept
  • More advanced harmonic structure
  • Independent playing across sections
  • Carefully notated rhythm section parts

Composers Who Inspire

This incredibly talented group of composers and arrangers represent a range of experience and musical style. These composers, many of whom are music educators, are particularly sensitive to and passionate about the needs and educational aspirations of young musicians, furthering the mission of Excelcia Music Publishing.

Jazz Odyssey Series - 2021-2022

Grade 1

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  • Playable with a core instrumentation of Alto Sax 1 & 2, Tenor Sax 1, Trumpet 1 & 2, Trombone 1, Piano, Bass (cued in Piano) Drums
  • Includes parts for a full ensemble (5/4/4/4)
  • Optional parts included for Flute, Clarinet, Horn in F, Tuba
  • Limited ranges in the winds
  • Carefully notated rhythm section parts

Clickable Music Guide

Composer's Name

 Learn about the composer

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 Listen to and view the score

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 Watch what inspired the piece

= Concert/Festival selection

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Baby Blues

Larry Clark

Larry Clark has composed a great introduction to the blues that is filled with ensemble passages that work beautifully. One of the fundamentals of the blues is “call and response” and this chart demonstrates exactly what that is all about. 
OJE2101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

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Box of Rock

Larry Clark

Here’s a very easy rock tune with a fun twist – it is built on ten measure phrases! Your band will sound great in a hurry with this one and will have a blast in the process. Punchy Brass licks and outstanding Saxophone lines are a feature of this engaging rock chart.
OJE2102 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

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It's Got That Swing

Blair Bielawski

The full ensemble is highlighted throughout this very easy swing chart. Plenty of tutti rhythms in the winds and straight forward, beautifully written rhythm section parts will help this piece come together with minimum rehearsal time. 
OJE2103 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

Jazz Exploration Series - 2021-2022

Grade 1.5

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  • Playable with a core instrumentation of Alto Sax 1 & 2, Tenor Sax 1, Trumpet 1 & 2, Trombone 1, Piano, Bass (cued in Piano) Drums
  • Includes parts for a full ensemble (5/4/4/4)
  • Optional parts included for Flute, Clarinet, Horn in F, Tuba
  • Limited ranges in the winds
  • Carefully notated rhythm section parts

Clickable Music Guide

Composer's Name

 Learn about the composer

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 Listen to and view the score

composer-insights-300

 Watch what inspired the piece

= Concert/Festival selection

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Overdrive

Blair Bielawski

Your young rhythm section will really be able to dig in with this funky, cut-time rock chart. It features bold melodies along with some compelling counter lines from the Saxes and Guitar. Driving rock is at the heart of this piece, but there are several passages with winds only that provide some subtle contrast.
EJE2101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

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Signal Drop
(with Interference)

Steve Wiest

Long known for his compositions for advanced ensembles composer Steve Wiest has turned his creative genius an to an easier level to come up with music that is hip but is accessible to younger bands. Students and audiences will love the programmatic nature of this chart. 
EJE2102 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

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Honk! Honk!

Jack Cooper

The biting dissonance of the sharp 9 chord is used as the centerpiece for this free spirited, funky rock chart. Cutting, angular lines and interesting counterpoint come together to create a unique piece in the repertoire for music at this level. 
EJE2103 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

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Swingin' Winner, Chicken Dinner!

David Samuel

Everyone is a winner with this new David Samuel blues with a bridge composition. It’s got everything you look for in an easy swing chart: straight ahead rhythms with clear articulations, bluesy melodic lines, well written solos with an opportunity to improvise and a cool shout chorus.
EJE2104 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

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No, No, No...We Gotta Go

Steve Parsons

A funky rock chart with attitude, this piece is good-naturedly dedicated to that one person in the band who makes everyone late as their friends chant “we gotta go” in exasperation.
EJE2105 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

Jazz Horizon Series - 2021-2022

Grade 2 to 2.5

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  • Tenor Sax 2, Trumpet 4, Trombone 4 and Guitar are optional
  • Includes parts for a full ensemble (5/4/4/4)
  • Other optional parts include Flute, Clarinet, Horn in F, Tuba
  • Range is expanded, but still carefully considered
  • Carefully notated rhythm section parts

Clickable Music Guide

Composer's Name

 Learn about the composer

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 Listen to and view the score

composer-insights-300

 Watch what inspired the piece

= Concert/Festival selection

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On the Cool Side

Peter Sciaino

Looking for a reason to have the band wear shades? Here’s the answer! Nice little bass riff, splashy piano chords and finger snaps set up this chart perfectly. Great motivic development and some weaving lives add to the character of the piece. Have some fun with this one!
HJE2101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

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The Beach Life

Kris Berg

This new Calypso chart from jazz musician and educator Kris Berg might be the happiest piece ever written for young jazz ensemble. Like the classic Sonny Rollins piece St. Thomas, this composition uses simply basic chords and rhythms, but the end result is a sparkling, bright change of pace chart. 
HJE2102 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

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Shuffle and Deal

Jack Cooper

Here’s a great new chart from composer Jack Cooper that is sure to be a hit. Jack uses the #11 of a Bb chord as one of the main melody notes in the winds, so the music sounds distinctive and sophisticated.
HJE2103 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

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Groovin' Up the Halls

David Samuel

The holidays never had it so good! David Samuel has taken the classic carol Deck the Halls and turned it into a funky, rhythmic piece that will definitely be a crowd pleaser. There is a terrific winds only section after the short solo section. 
HJE2104 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

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(Can't You See?) It's Magic

Steve Parsons

A good introduction to the ubiquitous rock shuffle, this piece captures the fun and mystery of an illusionist’s sleight-of-hand close magic act. Every section is featured as the melodic lines are passed along over a funky groove. 
HJE2105 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

Jazz Voyage Series - 2021-2022

Grade 3 to 3.5

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  • High school ensembles
  • Full instrumentation (5/4/4/4)
  • More independent rhythm section parts
  • Longer solo sections
  • Carefully notated rhythm section parts

Clickable Music Guide

Composer's Name

 Learn about the composer

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 Listen to and view the score

composer-insights-300

 Watch what inspired the piece

= Concert/Festival selection

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At the End of the Day

Blair Bielawski

This stunning music was written by Dallas based Rosana Eckert for her debut album in 2003. It is a light and sophisticated bossa with some gorgeous harmony. Arranged by the incomparable Michele Weir for vocal jazz ensemble, this version was adapted for instrumental ensemble by Blair Bielawski.
VJE2101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00

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Unlimited Miles

Kris Berg

Kris Berg has taken hints from some Miles Davis classics and turned them into a brilliant, up-tempo swing composition. Your band will get to show off their dynamic flexibility with some wonderful soft ensemble sections that lead into a shout chorus with awesome Saxophone lines filling in.
VJE2102 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00

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Mamacita Needs a Break

Peter Sciaino

Driving latin rhythms, great polyphonic writing and interesting major 7 over minor chord harmony combine to make this chart unforgettable. There are lots of dynamic contrasts, so the full range of your group will be showcased.
VJE2103 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00

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Big Band Bash

Peter Sciaino

Composer Peter Sciaino has taken a vintage big band feel and turned it into a rousing, swinging extravaganza. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way and some interesting development sections that will showcase your band to the fullest. 
VJE2104 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00

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Love Wins

Blair Bielawski

In addition to the demonstration recording of this tune, be sure to check out the exuberant video by the composer, Bill Cantos, with his own band. He calls the music he wrote for this album “new standards for the new Millennium” and this funky cha-cha certainly warrants that description. 
VJE2105 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00

Jazz Zenith Series - 2021-2022

Grade 4 and up

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  • Advanced high school ensembles
  • More freedom in overall concept
  • More advanced harmonic structure
  • Independent playing across sections
  • Carefully notated rhythm section parts

Clickable Music Guide

Composer's Name

 Learn about the composer

score-video-small

 Listen to and view the score

composer-insights-300

 Watch what inspired the piece

= Concert/Festival selection

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Scarborough Fair

Kris Berg

Written for the wonderful saxophonist Chris Vadala, arranger Kris Berg has fashioned a contemporary sounding chart in D minor that moves from a loose, open swing to a straight-ahead swing groove. 
ZJE2101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00

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It Is What It Ain't

Jamie Roth

Wow! This is a blues with serious attitude! It comes out of the gate roaring and composer Jamie Roth has included plenty of interesting details that make this a standout chart for high school bands. Great dynamic contrasts are built in so there are some moments that whisper and some that explode. 
ZJE2102 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00

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Use the Sykalator!

Steve Wiest

This is definitely not your grandmother’s rhythm changes! Leave it to the creative master, Steve Wiest, to come up with a totally fresh (and somewhat zany) take on the familiar rhythm changes form. This piece zips along at 236, so be prepared for a wild ride.
ZJE2103 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00

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Vantage Point

Jack Cooper

Inspired by a trip through the mountains of Austria, “Vantage Point” is a breathtaking excursion in 3/4 with excellent lines and brilliant harmony.
ZJE2104 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50.00

Flexcel Jazz Combo Series

Grade 3

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Go Tell It on the Mountain

Arranged by Blair Bielawski

A flexible Jazz combo arrangement of the popular holiday tune Go Tell It on the Mountain playable by as little as 3 players and rhythm section up to full Jazz ensemble or you can play it with the included play-long rhythm section track.
FJE2001.......................................................$45.00

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Arranged by Blair Bielawski

A flexible Jazz combo arrangement of the popular holiday tune Hark! The Herald Angels Sing in a swing style playable by as little as 3 players and rhythm section up to full Jazz ensemble or you can play it with the included play-long rhythm section track.
FJE2002.......................................................$45.00

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Arranged by Blair Bielawski

A flexible Jazz combo arrangement of the popular holiday tune We Wish You a Merry Christmas playable by as little as 3 players and rhythm section up to full Jazz ensemble or you can play it with the included play-long rhythm section track.
FJE2003.......................................................$45.00

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Joy to the World

Arranged by Blair Bielawski

A flexible Jazz combo arrangement of the popular holiday tune Joy to the World in an easy swing style playable by as little as 3 players and rhythm section up to full Jazz ensemble or you can play it with the included play-long rhythm section track.
FJE2004.......................................................$45.00

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