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These Are a Few of My Favorite....Charts

By Published: October 1, 2010
The Heat's On (*Sammy Nestico). I Remember Clifford (*Benny Golson
Benny Golson
Benny Golson
b.1929
sax, tenor
). It Might as Well Be Spring (Don Schamber). I Remember You (Bill Holman). (It's Just) Talk (Bob Curnow). Junk Mail Special (*Bob Florence). Just Friends (Rob McConnell). Just One of Those Things (Rob McConnell). Keeper of the Flame (*Shorty Rogers
Shorty Rogers
Shorty Rogers
1924 - 1994
trumpet
). Kingfish (*Bill Holman). La Fiesta (Kenichi Tsunoda). Laura (Jim Martin). Leo the Lion (*Tiny Kahn). Limehouse Blues (Phil Kelly
Phil Kelly
Phil Kelly
b.1937
composer/conductor
). Little Pony (*Neal Hefti
Neal Hefti
Neal Hefti
1922 - 2008
trumpet
). Lookin' for the Back Door (*Alf Clausen). Main Street News (*Jim Martin). Mean to Me (Frank Mantooth). The Meaning of the Blues {Bill Mathieu). The Midnight Sun Will Never Set (*Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
b.1933
producer
). More Moon (*Shorty Rogers). My Shining Hour (Mark Anderson). Not Really the Blues (*Johnny Mandel
Johnny Mandel
Johnny Mandel
b.1925
arranger
). Not While I'm Around (Ed Vezinho). The Opener (*Bill Holman). Playground (*Bill Potts). Purple Porpoise Parkway (*Tom Kubis). Quintessence (Rob McConnell). The Red Door (*Gerry Mulligan / *Zoot Sims
Zoot Sims
Zoot Sims
1925 - 1985
sax, tenor
). Reuben's Blues (*Gene Roland
Gene Roland
b.1921
).

Robbins Nest (Sammy Nestico). Sail Away (Jim Martin). Samba Dees Godda Do It (*Tom Kubis). Shhhhhhh! (*Bill Potts). Secret Love (Jim Martin). Short Stop (*Shorty Rogers). Sleep (Ralph Burns / Nat Pierce). Smile (Ed Vezinho). Soon (Don Schamber). Spain (Kenichi Tsunoda). Stella by Starlight (Slide Hampton). Strike Up the Band (Sammy Nestico). Summertime (Bill Potts). Swing House (*Gerry Mulligan). Symphony in Riffs (*Benny Carter
Benny Carter
Benny Carter
1907 - 2003
sax, alto
). That Old Black Magic (Frank Mantooth). Them There Eyes (Rob McConnell). Time After Time (Don Schamber). Time for a Change (*Hank Levy
Hank Levy
1927 - 2001
sax, tenor
). Titter Pipes (*Tommy Newsom
Tommy Newsom
Tommy Newsom
1929 - 2007
saxophone
). Tristesse (*Raul Romero). Tuxedo Junction (Gene Roland). Walkin' Shoes (*Gerry Mulligan). When Lights Are Low (*Benny Carter). Whirly Bird (*Neal Hefti). Willowcrest (*Bob Florence). Without a Song (Rick Stitzel). Ya Gotta Try (*Sammy Nestico). Young Blood (*Gerry Mulligan). Zoot! (*Bill Holman).

As noted, these charts comprise no more than a handful of the many wonderful big-band arrangements ensconced in the ever-growing library. If you have any personal favorites you'd like to share, I'd be more than happy to hear from you, as chances are they'd include some I've overlooked. Sorting through the library is a daunting task, and many of these were retrieved from memory. They are, however, charts that have given me great pleasure, and I can heartily commend them to anyone who appreciates the singular artistry and power of big-band jazz.

Jazzed Media Plans Woody Herman Documentary

Graham Carter, owner of Jazzed Media, one of the US' foremost big-band record labels, has announced plans to produce a documentary film, Blue Flame, examining the life of the legendary bandleader Woody Herman. Carter has already released documentaries on saxophonists Phil Woods
Phil Woods
Phil Woods
b.1931
sax, alto
(A Life in E Flat) and Bud Shank
Bud Shank
Bud Shank
1926 - 2009
saxophone
(Against the Tide) and is preparing a third, Artistry in Rhythm, on the life of Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
1911 - 1979
piano
for release early in 2011.



Herman was responsible for bringing to the forefront a number of luminaries who cut their jazz teeth in his Thundering Herds including the brothers Pete and Conte Candoli
Conte Candoli
Conte Candoli
1927 - 2001
trumpet
, Flip Phillips
Flip Phillips
Flip Phillips
1915 - 2001
sax, tenor
, Neal Hefti, Terry Gibbs
Terry Gibbs
Terry Gibbs
b.1924
vibraphone
, Stan Getz
Stan Getz
Stan Getz
1927 - 1991
sax, tenor
, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn
Al Cohn
Al Cohn
1925 - 1988
sax, tenor
, Sal Nistico
Sal Nistico
Sal Nistico
1948 - 1991
saxophone
, Bill Chase
Bill Chase
Bill Chase
1934 - 1974
trumpet
, Frank Tiberi
Frank Tiberi
Frank Tiberi
b.1928
sax, tenor
, Alan Broadbent
Alan Broadbent
Alan Broadbent
b.1947
piano
, Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
, John Fedchock and Jeff Hamilton
Jeff Hamilton
Jeff Hamilton
b.1953
drums
. Herman's topnotch arrangers included Hefti, Ralph Burns, Nat Pierce, Shorty Rogers, Gene Roland, Gerry Mulligan and Bill Holman.


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