| Descriptions of Jazz String Publications
Click the link above to view the score and listen to midi samples of the works that follow)
These jazz charts sound best when used with a live rhythm section (piano, amplified bass, guitar, and Follow the link provided below in order to see how this ensemble can function at your school. This is
drums). Each selection is shipped with a CD synthesized version of the full arrangement and a rhythm
section track for rehearsal, and or, performance purposes. Although these charts were written for the
Washington Jazz String Project (see below for a link to JFK Center ), a chamber jazz string group of 4-4-2-
2 and rhythm section, they will work for string quartet plus rhythm section or larger string orchestras.
There is plenty of space for improvisation with chord changes in the first violin part. A written solo is
always included for the novice jazz improviser. Except as noted, all parts remain in first position.
a full length video with Washington D.C. professionals. The first selection is Blues for Dee.
Here is the demo Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
The full mp4 video is 45 minutes. Watch our browser for the download time.
- Folk Song Blues-offers the opportunity to feature one or more of your beginning soloists.
Ideal for elementary school or high school and middle school recruiting concerts, this
selection uses tunes that are familiar to young students but are set in a "bluesy fashion." It is
a great place to begin improvisation study as everyone can use the D blues scale.
- Scalin' the Blues-is an effective piece for introducing young string players to jazz
improvisation and learning how to swing. It will also reinforce the traditional teaching of low
2nd finger for F natural. There are two written-out solos, but encourage students to learn the
D Blues scale and create their own.
- Life’s A Mystery- is an original standard 32 bar tune in a happy-go-lucky light swing tempo. It’s
sure to set your audience’s toes a tapping.
- Nanni Nanni Boo Boo Bossa Nova - uses that familiar tune we hear children using on the
playground. It has a catchy Latin flavor and is playable by younger groups.
- Tre Blue- is a light jazz waltz with 12 bar blues changes.
- Praise & Swing- is a gospel swing tune with “Show Me The Way to Go Home” chord changes.
It opens with a hymn and then goes into “back-beat” gospel swing. Tambourine and hand
clapping replace the drum set. This is great for audience participation.
- Lil Darlin- is the Neal Hefti classic that was introduced by the Basie Band on the E-MC2 album.
This is not only a great ballad but also one of the best teaching tools for getting students to
“lay back” and swing.
- When The Saints Go Marchin' In- begins with a traditional New Orleans funeral chorale and
transforms to a true Dixieland style street parade complete with three part heterophony in the
- The Sum of All Love-uses chord changes from Like Someone in Love. This is another "must
learn" tune for all jazz musicians.
- Bye Bye Blackbird- is a jazz standard recorded by many jazz musicians. The introduction is
quoted from the Miles Davis Quintet recording.
- Beboppin' Strings is a swinging original tune that has traditional Be-bop chord changes. This
will challenge your players to get into the real swing feel. As usual, there is plenty of space
- Sunny Side of the Street is a major standard in the repertoire and a must-learn tune for all jazz
- Don’t Blame Me is another Great American Songbook jazz classic that is set in a bossa nova
style for the first 16 bars and then goes to swing at the bridge, returning to the bossa nova for
the last 8.
- Funky Fiddle Dance is based on a ostinato in the style of Chameleon. Improvisation may be
limited to knowledge of the C Major and C Blues scale. This is perfect for adding variety to
your concert, helping students to improvise in a genre that they will find exciting, and getting
the audience up and out in the isles.
- Spain is the jazz standard by Chick Corea. This is a work-out for your jazz bassist. A
modulation to D Major for the improvisation section will allow even the novice improviser to
enjoy the opportunity to explore this samba style jazz classic.
- Birdland-Joe Zawinul's compositon fo the 1970's" Weather Report," and popularized by
Manhattan Transfer, will showcase your rhythm section. The original lines have been
transcribed and will be easily recognizable by your audiences. This is a crowd favorite.
- Love Song Medley is a jazz-show type arrangement that contains some of the greatest
standards released in public domain: Peg of My Heart, Shine On Harvest Moon, You Made Me
Love You, Bill Bailey, and Melancholy Baby. There are a variety of styles including hip hop
and Bossa nova that are arranged to give these tunes a fresh look while some are set in the
styles as originally intended. There is an improvisation section with a suggested solo for After
You've Gone. The addition of the rhythm section is optional but will enhance the jazz feel of
- All Aboard for Jazz Strings is a medley of Blue Train, Take The A Train, and Chattanooga Choo
Choo with a chance to feature a solo jazz violin. The original Coltrane solo is supplied for the
less experienced improviser. Carefully crafted modulations make it possible for all sections of
the ensemble to share the melodic lines.
- Four Brothers- is Jimmy Giufree's composition arranged for strings from the Woody Herman
library of the early fifties. The ensemble has close voicings that imitate the four saxes used in
the original. Try this at a real up tempo to challenge your strongest players.
- My Rockin' Strad- is in a rock style with an Eric Clapton-type feel. Optional octave figures are
written in First Violin that are typical of those type figures found in traditional scoring of
strings in rock oriented music.
- Spring Rain- uses chord changes from one of the most well known jazz standards, Autumn
Leaves. This is a "must learn" tune for all jazz musicians.
- Macereo Hoedown-has a Salsa/Caribbean flavor that will challenge your electric bass player
and transport your audience to the Islands. The chord changes allow for improvisation that
may be limited to just the D and G major scales.
Other Jazz, classical, and Novelty String Compositions (available from jwpepper.com,
sheetmusic.com, and local music dealers) Web Link to Sheet Music Plus
Blues For Dee is an Alfred-Highland Etling Publication for young jazz string ensembles
w/optional rhythm section. This is a great tune to launch your jazz improvisation studies as
the D blues scale may be used exclusively with young improvisers. A rhythm section track is
only available from caputomusic.com. We will send you a free midi sample by return email.
A Child Is Born- from the Thad Jones Mel Lewis big band -Kendor publcations
Recorda Me- by Joe Henderson- available from Alfred-Belwin
Latino Violino-an easy original starter tune with space for everyone to improvise-Wingert-