The Stan Kenton Orchestra Library


145 charts are now available (Most with full scores. Scores are not sold separately!).


"Over the past 30 years, I have enjoyed bringing to you the best of the Kenton Library, straight from the Kenton Book.

I've played, conducted, notated, recorded and, in some instances composed and/or arranged much of this music since I joined the band as a young punk trombone player in 1963 (see picture below). Whether I was working with Stan as a trombonist, composer, arranger, record producer, bottle washer .... whatever ..... I always knew that the MUSIC was what made the Kenton Band so different. Of course, Stan made that music happen! So, it is a privilege for me to work with this music and make it available to you, your students and musicians all over the world. I hope you get a chance to play some of it.

All of the new releases are listed on these pages, as well as in the New Issues section of this site. Most pieces require 5 standard saxophones (if otherwise, it is indicated), 10 brass and 3-4 rhythm. Some pieces have a Conductor Score included with the parts. Most pieces come with a Full Score (unless otherwise indicated). In most cases, the arrangements are the exact ones recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra, over 35 years of recorded jazz (well over a hundred LPs). Some pieces have been edited by me, so that they may be played with a standard sax section, no mellophoniums, and 8 brass (However, all ten brass parts are always included). This is the first complete listing of this music with descriptions and grading level.

I thank you for your interest in Stan, and I look forward to hearing from you."

Bob Curnow; Owner, Sierra Music Publications

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23N 82W - Bill Russo - Grade 5-6 - SMP 530 - $ 59.00 (on Demo CD 113)
This is one of the most creative, important big band compositions ever written by anyone! It is also a chart which has been in demand for many years. We publish this in the memory of the passing of Mr. Russo this past year (2003). He was a dynamic force in all of music, and this particular piece was his most requested work. This is exactly as it was recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the "New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm" CD. If you have the "horses" this will be a big hit for your band. Solos for Alto Sax and Trombone. 5-5-5-4


Adeste Fideles - arr. by Stan Kenton - Grade 4/5 -SMP 605 - $52.00 CHRISTMAS MUSIC

The 1961 Capitol Records recording of Christmas music was a smash hit for Kenton. It contained arrangements by Kenton and (mostly) Ralph Carmichael of traditional Christmas music. This particular arrangement is more traditional in scope, but it is filled with wonderful, lush harmonies and the Kenton style of arranging. The original arrangements were written for 4 trumpets, 4 mellophoniums, 4 trombones, tuba, keyboard, bass, drums and auxiliary percussion. These are the charts we sell, but we've also included saxophone parts which take the place of the mellophonium parts. They work quite well! From Kenton's "Merry Christmas" CD.


All At Once You Love Her- arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4/5 - SMP 736 - $55.00
Lennie Niehaus wrote a series of terrific arrangements for the Stan Kenton Orchestra (this was recorded on the "Stage Door Swings" CD).  This chart is a medium-swing version of a great Rodgers & Hammerstein tune. It features solo space for tenor saxophone and a short solo for bass. Ranges are quite "modest" for a Kenton chart, and this could also be played with only 8 brass.  5.5.5.3 (on demo CD 116)


All the Things You Are - arr. Gerry Mulligan - Grade 3 - SMP 577 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 113)
One of those "mystery" charts that hardly anyone knows about, this chart is a beauty. Mulligan was a master at creating moods and using wonderful chord substitutions, as he did in this medium ballad. The arrangement features Trumpet throughout (written to feature Buddy Childers), and it was played very often by the Kenton Band. The brass ranges and rhythms for all are very reasonable (written Bb above the staff for Trumpet). This is a VERY impressive chart that is easy to play. 5-5-5-4


All the Things You Are - arr. by Stan Kenton - Grade 4 - SMP 688 - $42.00 (on Demo CD 106)

The lush trombone section sound of the Kenton Orchestra on a gorgeous ballad. Rescored to be played without the mellophoniums. A wonderful concert or dance book addition. Recorded on the "Romantic Approach" CD.


Alone - arr. by Bob Curnow - Grade 5 - SMP 546 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 109)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra was always ahead of its time! This chart was based on the music of Blood Sweat & Tears. It is a trombone feature throughout and is a wild and very exciting rock/fusion chart in a brand-new edition. Recorded on the "Stan Kenton Plays Chicago" CD. (available from Sierra Music) 5-5-4-3 (opt. 5th trb.)


An American Trilogy - Robert Curnow - Grade 5 - SMP 503 - $42.00

A dramatic setting of three American songs.... from the "National Anthems of the World" LP. Ends with a glorious rendition of America the Beautiful. 5-5-5-3 (condensed score)


Angels We Have Heard On High - arr. by Ralph Carmichael - Grade 4/5 - SMP 604 - $52.00 CHRISTMAS MUSIC

The 1961 Capitol Records recording of Christmas music was a smash hit for Kenton. It contained arrangements by Kenton and (mostly) Ralph Carmichael of traditional Christmas music. This particular arrangement is one of the more traditional of the ten we have in print. It does have a "swinging" section, and it works very well! The original arrangements were written for 4 trumpets, 4 mellophoniums, 4 trombones, tuba, keyboard, bass, drums and auxiliary percussion. These are the charts we sell, but we've also included saxophone parts which take the place of the mellophonium parts. They work quite well! From Kenton's "Merry Christmas" CD.


Almost Like Being In Love - arr. Lennie Niehaus Grade 4-5  - SMP 578 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 113)
As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on "Adventures In Standards", this is a medium, swing chart on a great tune. Lennie uses a very clever countermelody throughout the arrangement. There is solo space for Tenor Sax and terrific ensemble writing in the Kenton tradition. 5-5-5-3 (can be played with 8 brass)


Artemis & Apollo - Johnny Richards / arr. by Bob Curnow - Grade 4 - SMP 556 - $ 47.00 (on Demo CD 110)

This is a newly re-arranged version of the magnificent melody recorded on the "Adventures In Time" CD. Bob Curnow eliminated the mellophonium parts, used a standard saxophone section and changed the key to make it more accessible to most bands. 5-5-4-3 (10 brass optional)

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Artistry in Percussion - Pete Rugolo - Grade 4/5 - SMP 635 - $47.00

Written to feature Shelly Manne. A great drum feature. It also contains a nice trombone solo. Very "showy" piece. Great for an historical look back on any Kenton "tribute" concert. One of the most fascinating drum set features ever written. From the exciting and innovative 1946 recordings. Recorded on the MAMA "Back To Balboa" CD set. 


Artistry in Rhythm - Stan Kenton (short version) - Grade 5 - SMP 552 - $ 35.00 (on Demo CD 110)

There have been many requests for a "stand alone" version of Kenton's theme song. This is the short version which was played by Stan's band in the later years. 5-5-5-2


Artistry Jumps - Stan Kenton - Grade 5 - SMP 539 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 109)

Exactly as recorded on the Kenton / Capitol "Retrospective" CD (and the original "Milestones" CD). This was Stan's first long version of the theme "Artistry in Rhythm" and is a great piece to program. Features piano and tenor saxophone solos. A classic, wild and bright chart which should be a part of any Kenton Tribute concert. 5-5-5-4


Bali Hai - arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4 - SMP 579 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 113)

This was recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the "Stage Door Swings"CD, and it is one of Lennie's wonderful charts on a great Broadway standard tune. It has very reasonable ranges for all. This shifts between Latin and Swing Feels. Solo for Tenor Sax. 5-5-5-3 (can be played with 8 brass)


Begin the Beguine - arr. by Johnny Richards - Grade 5 - SMP 730  - $67.00  (on Demo CD 115)
As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on "Back To Balboa" (Capitol CD), Richards takes this great standard and turns it into a 6/8 latin and swinging "screamer." This is a magnificent chart, very much in the style of the "Cuban Fire" pieces that Johnny wrote for Kenton.  Solos for alto, tenor, trumpet and drums. 5-5-5-3


Begin the Beguine - arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4-5 - SMP 566 - $57.00 (0n Demo CD 112)
As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on "Adventures In Standards", this is a medium-swing chart on a great tune. Lennie uses a neat vamp in the trombones to offset the melody in the saxes. The full ensemble then kicks off a trombone solo. The full band plays a great "shout" chorus out to the end. There is an optional ending (the recorded as opposed to the original). Kenton and Niehaus at their best! 5-5-5-3 (can be played with 8 brass)


Bernie's Tune - arr. by Gene Roland - Grade 5 - SMP 585 - $57.00 (on demo CD 115)
This was recorded on the Stan Kenton Orchestra CD "Live at the Tropicana."  It may be the best chart Gene Roland ever did for Stan.  Although it opens  with a bass solo, there is also solo space for alto and tenor saxophones.  The ensemble writing will knock your socks off!  Check this out, and I'm sure you will agree, this is a great chart on a great jazz standard.
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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4-5 - SMP 567 - $57.00 (0n Demo CD 112)
As performed by the Stan Kenton Orchestra, here is one of the "hippest" charts from the Kenton book. It was a favorite with the band and audiences alike, and it swings like crazy. There is a nice, long trombone solo space (It was played by Dee Barton when recorded). A wonderful melody and a sensational chart! 5-5-5-3 (can be played with 8 brass)


But Beautiful - arr.by Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4 - SMP 533 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 108)

When Lennie arranged for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, he created the most beautiful big band dance book ever written. Begins with a lush, warm trombone soli. Solo space for alto sax. Recorded on the "Sophisticated Approach" CD. This chart has wonderful trombone and sax solos. A marvelous addition to any jazz and/or dance library. 5-5-5-3 (edited to be played with 8 brass instead of 10 if you should choose, and without mellophoniums)

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Carl - Bill Holman - Grade 4-5 - SMP 568 - $57.00 (on Demo CD 112)
When Bill Holman writes a feature for a player, especially in the Kenton Band, you know it will be wonderful. He wrote this one to feature the amazing trombonist Carl Fontana. Sierra Music dedicates the publication of this chart to Carl and his stunning jazz career. "Carl" is a terrific melody, scored in the inimitable, swinging way of Holman. The demands on the brass sections are not too bad, so the piece is very playable. 5-5-5-3 (can be played with 8 brass). This was recorded in Hamburg, Germany in 1956 and is on the "Stan Kenton at the Ernst-Merck" CD. 5-5-5-3


Chiapas- Hank Levy - Grade 5 - SMP 737 - $65.00
This was the first of many "time charts" that Hank wrote for the Kenton Band.  This is as exactly recorded on the "Live at Redlands University" CD. The piece in written mostly in 5/4 and features solo space for alto sax and trumpet.  This is a remarkable composition which should be in every big band library, not only because it is an historically important work, but also because it's simply a lot of fun to play.  5.5.5.3  (on Demo CD 116)


Christmas Medley - arr. Stan Kenton - Grade 5 - SMP 580 - $59.00 CHRISTMAS MUSIC
As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the "Merry Christmas"CD, this chart has optional saxophone parts which nicely cover the french horn parts (originally written for only brass and rhythm section). This completes the publication by Sierra of all of the charts on this album. The medley contains six carols. Instrumentation is 5 horns, 4 trpts. , 4 trombones, tuba, piano, bass, drums and opt. chimes. Solo for piano only.


Collaboration - Pete Rugolo - Grade 4/5 - SMP-637 - $47.00

This historically important piece opens with a rubato piano solo and then moves to a terrific Rugolo trombone feature (originally recorded by Kai Winding). A strong, gorgeous melody, backed by the power and beauty of Rugolo's writing. 5-5-5-4


Concerto to End All Concertos - Stan Kenton - Grade 4/5 - SMP 612 - $52.00

One of Kenton's most important compositions. It moves through a series of moods, tempos, styles, and features each section in a way that best describes "the Kenton Sound" of the 1940's and beyond. A must-have chart for any big band historian. No Kenton tribute is complete without a performance of this exquisite 1946 composition. This piece set the music world on its ear! A great composition! 5-5-5-3


Cubajazz - Bill Holman - Grade 4-5 - SMP 557 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 111)

Rarely does a piece turn up like this one. Although written for Stan Kenton (the mid-1950s), the chart never was recorded by the band (Holman doesn't know why), and it was "lost" for years. It is a sensational piece, combining Afro-Cuban rhythm (Latin) and Swing, and featuring solo space for tenor sax, trumpet and drums. It utilizes counterpoint between the wind sections over a Latin vamp and explores the perfect balance between counterpoint and dynamic ensemble writing in the Swing sections. This is Holman at his very best! 5-5-5-4


Dancing in the Dark - arr. by Gerry Mulligan - Grade 4-5 - SMP 729 - $47.00

Mulligan contributed only a few charts to the Kenton Library, and they are all classics. This one is no exception.  Although originally arranged for Stan's "dance book" in the '50s, this is more than a dance chart.  The last chorus is one of the best ever arranged with a standard.  Solos for piano and trumpet. 5-5-5-4


Day Dream - arr. by Lennie Niehaus (VOCAL CHART) - Grade 4 - SMP 586 - $49.00

As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Jean Turner,  this is a superb Ellington ballad that will make you want to hear it over and over again.  The lyrics and the orchestration are exceptional.  This is a great vehicle for your female or male vocalist, arranged by the best!   5-5-5-3  and vocal (on Demo CD 115)


Decoupage - Hank Levy - SMP 540 - Grade 5 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 109)

Hank contributed so much to the Kenton book in the '70's, and this chart is one of the best of the bunch. A lovely, melodic, easy-flowing piece in 5/4 which is a great vehicle for getting into odd-meter music. Alto sax and trpt. solos, and all ranges are very reasonable. Exactly as recorded on the "Kenton '76" CD. 5-5-5-3


Don't Worry 'Bout Me - arr. by Bill Fritz - Grade 4-5 - SMP 724 - $47.00
Fritz arranged this standard in the "style" of Bob Graettinger, using dissonance offset with the beauty of this gorgeous melody.  It is a trombone solo pretty much throughout the entire ballad.  Great writing for the soloist and the trombone section as well.  This is something quite different and quite wonderful.    5-5-5-2


Dynaflow - Stan Kenton/Art Pepper - Grade 3-4 - SMP 558 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 111)

A true "Kenton Classic." Alto saxophone, piano and bass are featured on this "one-of-a-kind" piece. The piece was recorded in the early 1950s by Stan Kenton, became a huge "hit" and found its way onto many albums, most notably "Popular Favorites by Stan Kenton." If you need a Kenton chart that doesn't demand a great deal of hard, high blowing, this is the one. 5-5-4-4


El Congo Valiente - (Valiant Congo)- Johnny Richards - SMP 679 - Grade 6 - $87.00 (on Demo CD 106)

The 2nd movement of Richards' amazing Cuban Fire Suite. This movement "roars" from the top. A great melody with chances to feature alto sax, trumpet, tenor sax and trombone solos. The original score of Richards' was the source for this and all the movements of this suite. Full score and parts for the original instrumentation of 4.5.5.4 plus, 2 horn parts and 6 perc. parts. This really is a marvelous chart! Recorded on the "Cuban Fire" CD. (available from Sierra Music)


Elegy for Alto - Pete Rugolo - Grade 4/5 -SMP 624 - $52.00

From the "Progressive Jazz" period in the 1940's, this piece focused on the alto saxophone (originally played by George Weidler).5-5-5-4

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End of a Love Affair, The - arr. by Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4 - SMP 628 - $42.00 (on Demo CD 103)

A magnificent alto saxophone feature. Lennie also solos on his chart on the recording "Live from the Tropicana" CD (available from Sierra Music). This is a superb arrangement, using all of the textures and power and sensitivity of the Kenton Orchestra. 5-4-4-3 (opt. 10 brass)


Everytime We Say Goodbye - arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4 - SMP 569 - $47.00
As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the "Stage Door Swings" CD, this is a lovely ballad scored in the incomparable Kenton style. Niehaus uses the saxophone section to great effect. Limited ranges make this a very playable chart for most any band. There is solo space for trumpet. 5-5-5-3 (can be played with 8 brass)


Fanfare For the New - Hugo Montenegro - Grade 6 - SMP 632 - $62.00

One of the great pieces written for the Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra, founded and conducted by Stan. Four french horns are essential, along with 4 trumpets, 5 trombones and woodwinds. Exciting and challenging music. Recorded on the L.A. Neophonic Orchestra CD. Woodwinds require 2 piccolo, 2 clarinets and bass saxophone (baritone saxophone opt. part included).


Fearless Finlay - Bill Holman - Grade 4/5 - SMP 691 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 107)

There were a few Holman charts that were written for the Stan Kenton Orchestra which had "disappeared" over the years, seemingly lost forever. This was one of them. However, Sierra Music is proud to have "found" Fearless Finlay for you. This is one of those incomparable, swinging charts from the 50's. Absolutely the best! Recorded on the Kenton "Showcase" CD. 5-5-5-4 (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.)


First Child - Bob Curnow - SMP 545 - Grade 5 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 109)

One of the loveliest ballads ever recorded by the Kenton Band. Recorded on the "Stan Kenton Plays Chicago" CD. This is one of 2 original pieces by Bob Curnow from this album. This Kenton arrangement is finally available. Features a 3-horn melodic line in a flowing, richly-harmonized texture. No improvised solos, and reasonable ranges. 5-5-4-3 (opt. 10 brass as recorded)


Foggy Day, A - arr. by Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4 - SMP 693 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 107)

This is one of the many wonderful charts arranged by Lennie for the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He was able to capture the Kenton sound without a lot of high-range problems or difficult concerns for the players. Solo space for baritone sax and trumpet. A great addition to any jazz and/or dance library. This chart swings like crazy!.5-4-4-3


Frank Speaking - William Russo - Grade 5 - SMP 532 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 108)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra was always an ideal showcase for the outstanding soloists within its ranks. This piece was written to feature Frank Rosolino on trombone. Absolutely the best! A trombone feature throughout. Recorded on the Kenton "New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm" CD. (available from Sierra Music) 5-5-5-4


Fascinating Rhythm - arr. by William Russo - Grade 5 - SMP 677 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 105)

Russo always created wonderfully interesting (and challenging) arrangements of standard tunes. He explores unusual instrumentation and exciting new harmonizations. 5-5-5-4 Recorded on the Kenton "Sketches on Standards" CD. (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.)


Fuego Cubano (Cuban Fire) -Johnny Richards (1956) - Grade 5/6 - SMP 662 - $67.00

Movement I (of 7) of the Cuban Fire Suite. Finally ... the definitive version of this magnificent music. The first of seven movements published by Sierra Music. The original score of Richards' was the source for this and all the movements of this suite. Full parts for original instrumentation of four saxes, 5 trumpets, 2 french horns, 4 trombones, tuba, piano guitar, bass, drum set, timpani and 6 additional percussionists. For the first time, a Full Score is included. Recorded on the "Cuban Fire" CD. 

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Get Out of Town - arr. by Johnny Richards - Grade 4/5 - SMP 690 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 107)

Johnny Richards at his best! A very playable chart without a lot of range concerns for brass. A bass trombone feature from beginning to end, in a Latin and a Swing feel. This chart is recorded on the "Back To Balboa" (Capitol) CD recording by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. 5-5-5-3


Girl Talk - arr. by Stan Kenton - Grade 4 - SMP 587  - $49.00 (on Demo CD 115)
Stan Kenton had a certain touch in his arranging that stood out.  He took a simple, slow-swinging approach to this great Neal Hefti tune, and it was one of the most popular charts played by the band in the 1970's.  Piano takes the melody, while the trombones set the harmonic and rhythmic groove.  This is a wonderful piece to program, because it is so different than most charts.    5-5-5-3 


God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen - arr. by Ralph Carmichael - Grade 4/5 - SMP 606 - $52.00 CHRISTMAS MUSIC

The 1961 Capitol Records recording of Christmas music was a smash hit for Kenton. It contained arrangements by Kenton and (mostly) Ralph Carmichael of traditional Christmas music. This particular arrangement is one of the "jazzier" ones on the album. It swings like crazy! The original arrangements were written for 4 trumpets, 4 mellophoniums, 4 trombones, tuba, keyboard, bass, drums and auxiliary percussion. These are the charts we sell, but we've also included saxophone parts which take the place of the mellophonium parts. They work quite well! From Kenton's "Merry Christmas" CD recording.


Good King Wenceslas - arr. by Ralph Carmichael - Grade 4/5 - SMP 639 - $52.00             CHRISTMAS MUSIC

The 1961 Capitol Records recording of Christmas music was a smash hit for Kenton. It contained arrangements by Kenton and (mostly) Ralph Carmichael of traditional Christmas music. This particular arrangement is one of the "jazzier" ones on the album. It swings like crazy! The original arrangements were written for 4 trumpets, 4 mellophoniums, 4 trombones, tuba, keyboard, bass, drums and auxiliary percussion. These are the charts we sell, but we've also included saxophone parts which take the place of the mellophonium parts. They work quite well! From Kenton's "Merry Christmas" CD recording.


Happy Birthday To You - arr. by Bill Holman - Grade 5 - SMP 671 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 105)

A fun-filled, exciting chart on the old tune. Commissioned as a surprise birthday present for Stan. Trumpet and Trombone solos, and a very clever Holmanesque treatment. Every jazz library should have this chart for that "special" occasion. Recorded on the "Birthday in Britain" CD.


Here's That Rainy Day - arr. by Dee Barton - Grade 5 - SMP 633 - $42.00

This is the original, quintessential arrangement by the great Dee Barton. Recorded on the "Live at Redlands University" CD.


"Hits" Medley Kenton (Kenton"Hits" Medley ) (Stan Kenton "Hits" Medley) - arr. by Bob Curnow - Grade 4 - SMP 603 - $62.00 (on Demo CD 103)

Four wonderful tunes.... Eager Beaver, Dynaflow, Intermission Riff and Artistry in Rhythm are included in this medley. Curnow put on paper what the band used to play to close most concerts or dances in the later years. Perfect for a Kenton Tribute Concert when you want to end with the best loved "hits" of this band. Fairly easy to play for most bands (In fact, the idea was to rest the trumpet section for a while.) 5-5-5-4


Holly and the Ivy, The - arr. by Ralph Carmichael - Grade 4 -SMP 642 - $52.00 CHRISTMAS MUSIC

The 1961 Capitol Records recording of Christmas music was a smash hit for Kenton. It contained arrangements by Kenton and (mostly) Ralph Carmichael of traditional Christmas music. This particular arrangement is a great deal of fun to play. It moves through different keys, and it has a lot of interesting "variations" in it. A terrific chart! The original arrangements were written for 4 trumpets, 4 mellophoniums, 4 trombones, tuba, keyboard, bass, drums and auxiliary percussion. These are the charts we sell, but we've also included saxophone parts which take the place of the mellophonium parts. They work quite well! From Kenton's "Merry Christmas" CD recording.


How Do I Look in Blue - arr. by Lennie Niehaus - Grade 3/4 - SMP 543 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 109)

This is another of the many wonderful charts arranged by Lennie Niehaus for the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Features the lush Kenton trombone sound and gorgeous full ensembles. As recorded on the "Sophisticated Approach" CD. A great addition to any library. 5-5-5-3 ( can be played with 8 brass or 10)

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I Concentrate On You - arr. Johnny Richards - Grade 5 - SMP 581 - $59.00 (on Demo CD 113)
This was recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the "Back To Balboa"CD, and it is a highly original, exciting chart (latin/swing) on a great standard tune. Johnny Richards wrote for Kenton as well as anyone. Solos for Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet and Trombone. 5-5-5-3(can be played with 8 brass)


I Love Paris - arr. by Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4/5 - SMP 695 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 107)

When Lennie arranged for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, he was able to capture the Kenton sound without a lot of high-range problems or difficult concerns for the players. Solo space for trombone. Recorded on the "Stage Door Swings" CD. This chart has a great unison sax soli. A marvelous addition to any jazz and/or dance library. 5-5-5-3 (parts also supplied for 8 brass instead of 10)


I Remember You - arr. by Bill Holman - Grade 4 - SMP 653 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 103)

This is one of those superb Holman charts written for Kenton in the early '50's that just swings like crazy. It starts off very soft and easy, with clever linear writing. It then roars into an alto sax solo, to be followed by a trumpet solo. A key change brings the chart to a great "shout" section before returning to the soft opening for a moment. Finishes easy and nice. A great chart! 5-5-5-4 NOW AVAILABLE WITH COMPUTER-NOTATED FULL SCORE AND PARTS.


I'm Glad There Is You - arr. by Stan Kenton - Grade 3/4 - SMP 544 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 109)

This is a rich, warm chart as arranged by Stan. Features the lush Kenton trombone sound and gorgeous full ensembles. Stan used this as an "opener" for years. As recorded on the "Romantic Approach" CD. A magnificent melody and a great addition to any jazz or dance library. 5-5-5-3 (edited to be played without mellophoniums and can be played with only 4 trombones instead of 5


III Wind - arr. by Bill Mathieu - Grade 5 - SMP 538 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 108)

Bill Mathieu's arrangements, done for the Stan Kenton Orchestra were some of the most beautiful pieces ever recorded by that band. This is a splendid rendition of a great standard. It contains all of the elements so associated with the Kenton band .... wonderfully inventive writing. Trombone solo throughout. This chart is on the new "Standards in Silhouette" CD.  5-5-5-3


Impressionism - Pete Rugolo - Grade 4/5 - SMP 627 - $47.00

Another amazingly futuristic piece from Rugolo's great mind. An outstanding example of the "classical" side of the late '40's Kenton bands written in 1947. A great (unusual) addition to any Kenton program. 5-5-5-4


In Lighter Vein - Bill Holman - Grade 5 - SMP-620 - $52.00

Recorded in 1954 for the "Kenton Showcase" CD, this chart is an alto saxophone feature throughout. It was originally recorded by Lee Konitz. Yet another wonderful Holman "feature" chart. (condensed score)


Indiana - arr. Bill Holman- Grade 5 - SMP 306 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 111)

Here is another chart written for Stan Kenton (in the mid-1950's), that was never recorded by the band. It is a sensational piece, a real "flag-waver" which features alto saxophone from top to bottom. Great ensemble figures propel the soloist ever onward. This up-tempo swing chart is refreshing, with "band vs soloist", great background figures, a very hip key change and excitement throughout. A wonderful feature for your "hot" alto saxophonist. Typical, great Holman. 5-5-5-3


Indra - Hank Levy - Grade 4/5 - SMP 670 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 105)

This was one of the early charts of Hank's recorded by Kenton. It is recorded on the "Live at Butler University" CD. (available from Sierra Music). It opens with bass setting the tempo and meter in 9/4. The trombone solo begins things, and it also features saxophone and trumpet. A superb look into the odd-meter world. Not too difficult to play. 5-5-5-4 (condensed score)

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Inner Crisis - arr. by Bob Curnow - Grade 5 - SMP 549 - $ 52.00 (on Demo CD 110)

Exactly as recorded on the "Stan Kenton Plays Chicago"CD, this chart is a great feature for alto saxophone set in a big band fusion style. Every reed player plays flute in the intro, and the chart just screams from there! Lots of exciting, strong, "no-doubt-it's-Kenton" music! Curnow's chart really works great! 5-5-5-3


Interlude (Trbs.&Rhy. only) - Pete Rugolo - Grade 3/4 - SMP 631 - $32.00

Recorded in 1947 and included in the "Milestones" CD, this piece is a gorgeous melody (one of Pete's best known). It features piano throughout ( and it is all written out), with wonderful, warm, lush 5-trombone backgrounds. Perfect for the Kenton Tribute concert, because it gives your other players a rest (especially the trumpets!).


Intermission Riff - Ray Wetzel - Grade 4 - SMP 648 - $42.00 (on Demo CD 105)

This is the original version of the tune recorded in 1946, and also included on the "Milestones" LP. This was transcribed by Bob Curnow for Gunther Schuller's Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra concerts. Tenor and Alto Saxophone solos. 5-5-4-4 (note only 4 trombones).


Intermission Riff  - arr. by various (NEW) - Grade 5 - SMP 570 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 115)
Finally, the up-to-date version that the Kenton Band played right up until the end.  This chart has all of the solo space and all of the background figures and lines, and it differs from the 1947 version quite a bit.  No Kenton Tribute concert would be complete without this chart.  Solo space is very flexible, as is all of the background material.  A true Kenton Classic!  5-5-5-3


Invention for Guitar and Trumpet - Bill Holman - Grade 5/6 - SMP 634 - $52.00

Once used in the "Blackboard Jungle" movie, this piece is one of Holman's earliest compositions to be recorded by Kenton. It was written for Maynard Ferguson and Sal Salvador and recorded in 1952. Recorded on the Kenton "New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm" CD.


It Could Happen To You - arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4 - SMP 582 - $59.00 (on Demo CD 113)
As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on "Adventures In Standards", this is a wonderful, swinging chart on a great tune. As usual, Lennie does a great job arranging it, with terrific section work and limited ranges for the brass (written high D for 1st Tpt). There is a nice, lengthy solo for Baritone Sax. 5-5-5-3 (can be played with 8 brass)


It's All Right With Me - arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4-5 - SMP 583 - $59.00 (on Demo CD 113)
Here is another terrific chart as recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on "Adventures In Standards." Lennie sets the chart at a very fast, swinging pace, using countermelodies, a 6-horn group in places, and lots of solo space for Alto Sax. A wonderful recurring pattern ties the whole chart together. Lennie out-did himself with this one! 5-5-5-3 (can be played with 8 brass)


I've Got You Under My Skin - arr. by Bill Holman - Grade 5/6 - SMP 672 - $67.00 (on Demo CD 105)

This may be the all-time greatest jazz arrangement of a standard tune. Recorded on the "Contemporary Concepts" CD, this great standard is turned into a marvelous vehicle for solo statements from alto, tenor, 2 different trumpets and baritone saxophone. No big band jazz library can be complete without this superb arrangement. (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.)


I've Never Been In Love Before - arr. by Lennie Niehaus - Grade 3-4 - SMP 687 - $42.00 (on Demo CD 106)

A lovely Broadway tune as scored for Kenton's dance book. This chart features the great sound of the trombone section. A wonderful concert or dance book addition. Exactly as recorded on the "Stage Door Swings" CD. Full score and parts for 5.5.5.3 instrumentation. (Can be played with 8 brass)


Kenton "Hits" Medley ("Hits" Medley) (Stan Kenton "Hits" Medley)-- arr. by Bob Curnow - Grade 4 - SMP 603 - $62.00 (on Demo CD 103)

Four wonderful tunes.... Eager Beaver, Dynaflow, Intermission Riff and Artistry in Rhythm are included in this medley. Curnow put on paper what the band used to play to close most concerts or dances in the later years. Perfect for a Kenton Tribute Concert when you want to end with the best loved "hits" of this band. Fairly easy to play for most bands (In fact, the idea was to rest the trumpet section for a while.) 5-5-5-4


Kingfish - Bill Holman - Grade 4 - SMP 614 - $42.00 (on Demo CD 103)

This is one of Holman's best loved (and most often played) charts. Written for the "Showcase" CD, it is a light, well-paced blues, featuring bass, tenor, trumpet and alto. Holman's well known linear writing makes this a special chart. Fairly easy to play. Lots of fun! (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.) NOW AVAILABLE WITH COMPUTER-NOTATED FULL SCORE AND PARTS.

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La Guera Baila (The Fair One Dances) - Johnny Richards - Grade 5-6 - SMP-663 - $52.00

Movement V (of 7) of the Cuban Fire Suite. From Richards' magnificent suite written in 1956. The original score of Richards' was the source for this and all the movements of this suite. Features an absolutely exquisite trombone solo. Full set of parts for complete, original instrumentation. Recorded on the "Cuban Fire" CD.  Parts for 5 auxiliary latin players included.


La Suerte de los Tontos (Fortune of Fools) - Johnny Richards - Grade 5 - SMP 664 - $67.00

Movement VI (of 7) of the Cuban Fire Suite. From Richards' magnificent suite written in 1956. Fire is probably the best way to describe this piece. A fantastic, dramatic opening (used for years by marching band and drum corps) leads to a rollicking, latin feel. Solos are on the alto sax and trumpet parts. The original score of Richards' was the source for this and all the movements of this suite. Probably the best known and well-liked movement of the whole suite. Recorded on the "Cuban Fire" CD.  Parts for 5 auxiliary latin players included.


Laura - arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 3-4 - SMP 572 - $47.00
As arranged for and performed by the Stan Kenton Orchestra, this is a wonderful setting that features the saxophone section and solos for trumpet and trombone. Very reasonable brass ranges make this an extremely playable chart. This is the lush, gorgeous sound of the Kenton Band without the higher, louder brass parts. 5-5-5-3 (can be played with 8 brass)


Limelight - Gerry Mulligan - Grade 4/5 - SMP 678 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 106)

Another terrific chart from Kenton's "Contemporary Concepts" CD. Features trombone throughout this fast-paced, Cool Bop chart in the unmistakable style of the late, great Gerry Mulligan. Use this with 3 other Sierra publications to do a Mulligan Tribute at your next concert. Full Score/parts for 5-5-5-4


Limehouse Blues - arr. by Bill Holman - Grade 5 - SMP 536 - $67.00 (on Demo CD 108)

This is another of the many wonderful charts arranged by Holman for the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He is the master at creating exciting, up-tempo "flag-wavers". Solos for alto, trumpet and tenor. Recorded on the "Adventures in Jazz" CD (available from Sierra Music). Your rhythm section can "burn" on this one! A great addition to any library. 5-5-5-3 (edited to be played without mellophoniums)


Little Minor Booze, A - Willie Maiden - Grade 4/5 - SMP 638 - $47.00

This is arguably Willie's best known chart..... a swinging, happy chart which allows for lots of "blowing" space.  GREAT ensemble sections throughout. This chart has been played by bands all over the world. Recorded on the "Live at Redlands" CD.  Essential to any jazz library. 5-5-5-3 (condensed score)


Live and Let Die - McCartney - arr. by Bob Curnow - Grade 5 - SMP 643 - $42.00 (on Demo CD 103)

A great arrangement of the great tune written by the ex-Beatle. This chart was the reason for the great success of  the "7.5 on the Richter Scale" CD. Melody stated by alto, trumpet and trombone and the chart roars on! If you're looking for a contemporary chart, written for this great band and based on a well known tune, this is the one. We get a lot of requests for this arrangement.


Lonely Woman  - arr. by Bill Mathieu - Grade 5 - SMP 576 - $49.00   (on Demo CD 115)
As recorded on the "Standards in Silhouette" CD, this is yet another of Bill Mathieu's classic arrangements of a great jazz standard ballad.  Trombone and tenor saxophone are featured on this brilliant, highly original orchestration of a beautiful and haunting melody.  Trumpet ranges are quite high, but, if you have the players, this is one ballad you'll want to play over and over again.   5-5-5-4
 


Long Ago & Far Away - arr. by Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4/5 - SMP 553 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 110)

Not every Niehaus dance chart was recorded by the Kenton Band, but this chart was played all the time by the band. A wonderful medium tempo setting of a great jazz standard. Features the saxophone section and a baritone saxophone solo. Terrific writing! 5-4-4-3 (10 brass optional)


Lot of Livin' To Do - arr. by Holman  (VOCAL CHART) - Grade 4-5  - SMP 588 - $52.00
As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Jean Turner,  this chart used to be Jean's opener when she sang with the Kenton Band.  Holman sets the mood right from the top, and things swing on from there.  This is a wonderful vocal chart for either female or male vocalist.  It's a happy, up-beat way for your vocalist to get out there in front on the big band. 5-5-5-3 and vocal  (on Demo CD 115)


Love for Sale - arr. by Pete Rugolo - Grade 5 - SMP 674 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 105)

Kenton had many "hits" over the years, and this very creative arrangement by Pete was one of them. A great Latin setting with that unforgettable trombone "lick" in the shout chorus. There is room at the end of the chart for your drummer to stretch out if you wish.

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Love Story - arr. by Willie Maiden - Grade 5 - SMP 726 - $52.00
As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the  "Live at Brigham Young University"
CD,  this may well be Willie's best chart done for Stan.  Maiden uses a latin feel, the lush sound of the trombones and saxophones and the exciting energy of the trumpets and rhythm section to create a superb arrangement of this very special melody.  Solos for piano, trombone, and alto saxophone.  5-5-5-3


Lover Man - arr. by Bill Russo - Grade 5 - SMP 728 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 114)
As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the "Sketches on Standards"
CD, this is a superb alto saxophone ballad feature, as arranged by Russo for Lee Konitz. Russo employs a dark, brooding, beautiful setting for Konitz's soaring saxophone.  Included is a transcription of Lee's amazing solo.   5-5-5-3


Love Walked In - arr. by Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4/5 - SMP 542 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 109)

This is another of the many wonderful charts arranged by Niehaus for the Stan Kenton Orchestra. A splendid rendition of a great standard, and it swings like crazy! It contains all of the elements so associated with the Kenton band. Wonderfully inventive writing which at first states the melody with a "small band". 5-5-5-3 (edited to be played without mellophoniums and can be played with 8 brass or 10)


Lullaby of Broadway - arr. by Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4 - SMP 694 -$52.00 (on Demo CD 107)

This is another of the many wonderful charts arranged by Lennie for the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He is able to capture the Kenton sound without a lot of high-range problems or difficult concerns for the players. Solo space for trombone. Recorded on the "Stage Door Swings" CD. A great addition to any library. 5-5-5-3


Lullaby of Birdland - arr. by Lennie Neihaus - Grade 4/5 - SMP 676 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 105)

Lennie wrote a magnificent "dance" book for Stan in the early '60's. This chart was from that period, and it is a full blown jazz chart that really cooks! It has been edited so that it can be played by a standard big band with a "normal" saxophone section. There is solo space for alto saxophone and trumpet. This can be played with 8 brass. 5-4-4-3 (opt. 10 brass)


Machito - Pete Rugolo - Grade 5 - SMP 602 - $52.00
This is one of the early, fantastic Latin charts recorded by the Kenton Band and played for years and years. A great chart from the late '40's. This chart requires 1 alto, 2 tenor and 2 baritone saxophones. 5-5-5-4


Malaga - Bill Holman - Grade 5/6 - SMP 650 - $62.00 (on Demo CD 106)

Absolutely one of the all-time great big band charts! Tenor sax, drums and trumpet solos, interspersed with fabulous ensemble writing. Latin to the hilt! As recorded on the "Live at Brigham Young University" CD. A completely new edition with Full Score and parts for 5-5-5-3 instrumentation.


Malaguena - arr. Bill Holman - Grade 5 - SMP 601 - $67.00
This is a new edition (Finale computer notation) of the original arrangement, with no editing.  Instrumentation requires 1 alto, 2 tenors, baritone and bass saxophone, 5 trumpets, 4 horns in F, 4 trombones, tuba, piano, bass and drums.  This is exactly as recorded on the "Adventures in Jazz" CD. There is solo space for trombone (written) and tenor saxophone (improvised).


Malaguena - edited (Curnow)- arr. Bill Holman - Grade 5 - SMP 743 - $67.00
This is a new edition (Finale computer notation) of the original arrangement, edited to be played with the following instrumentation:  2 altos, 2 tenors, baritone saxophone, 5 trumpets, 5 trombones,  piano, bass and drums.  The original version of this is recorded on the "Adventures in Jazz" CD. The instrumentation has been converted to a standard big band, and the horn lines have been written into other parts.  There is solo space for trombone (written) and tenor saxophone (improvised).


Meaning of the Blues, The - arr. by Bill Mathieu - Grade 4 - SMP 689 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 106)

An absolutely gorgeous Bobby Troup ballad which features trumpet and tenor sax. Beautiful use of the warm sax and trombone sounds so typical of Kenton. As recorded on the "Standards in Silhouette" CD. 5-5-5-3


Misty - arr. by Gene Roland - Grade 4 - SMP 725 - $47.00 (On Demo CD 114)
This was recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the "Adventures in Jazz"
CD. The solo may be played with any one of various instruments, or this could be used as a vocal chart.  It was originally played by Ray Starling on mellophonium.  A gorgeous ballad with an equally beautiful arrangement. 5-5-5-3 


Modern Opus - Bob Graettinger - Grade 5 -SMP 685 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 106)

If you're looking for something very different for a jazz history concert, this is it! Graettinger was a "Third Stream" composer in jazz long before the term was invented. This was recorded on the "Kenton Era" and has been recently released on the "City of Glass" CD on Capitol. 5-5-5-4 plus 2 french horns.


My Old Flame  - arr. by Marty Paich    (NEW EDITION) - Grade 5 - SMP 654 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 115)
Marty put together a chart which Kenton fans have loved ever since recorded in 1958 on the "Back to Balboa" CD. It is a gorgeous, sensual rendition of a most wonderful tune. Although this has been in the catalog for a while, it is now notated in Finale, and the new edition comes with a full score for the first time. Marty's arrangement stands alone in the category of Kenton ballads. This is truly a classic, one-of-a-kind piece.   5-5-5-4 (can be played by only 8 brass) 

 

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My One and Only Love - arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4/5 - SMP 547 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 109)

This is another of the many wonderful charts arranged by Niehaus for the Stan Kenton Orchestra. A more beautiful ballad has not been written, and this one features a trombone and a tenor sax solo. As recorded on the "Sophisticated Approach" LP. Published in memory of Bob "Fitz" Fitzpatrick. 5-5-5-3 (edited to be played without mellophoniums and can be played with only 4 trombones instead of 5)


O Holy Night - arr. by Ralph Carmichael - Grade 4/5 -SMP 607 - $52.00 CHRISTMAS MUSIC

The 1961 Capitol Records recording of Christmas music was a smash hit for Kenton. It contained arrangements by Kenton and (mostly) Ralph Carmichael of traditional Christmas music. This particular arrangement is more traditional in scope, but it is filled with wonderful, lush harmonies and the Kenton style of arranging. The original arrangements were written for 4 trumpets, 4 mellophoniums, 4 trombones, tuba, keyboard, bass, drums and auxiliary percussion. These are the charts we sell, but we've also included saxophone parts which take the place of the mellophonium parts. They work quite well! From Kenton's "Merry Christmas" CD.


O, Tannenbaum - arr. by Ralph Carmichael - Grade 4 -SMP 608 - $37.00 CHRISTMAS MUSIC

The 1961 Capitol Records recording of Christmas music was a smash hit for Kenton. It contained arrangements by Kenton and (mostly) Ralph Carmichael of traditional Christmas music. This particular arrangement is one of the simpler charts, but it is beautiful. Very playable! The original arrangements were written for 4 trumpets, 4 mellophoniums, 4 trombones, tuba, keyboard, bass, drums and auxiliary percussion. These are the charts we sell, but we've also included saxophone parts which take the place of the mellophonium parts. They work quite well! From Kenton's "Merry Christmas" CD.


Of All Things - Bill Holman - Grade 4 - SMP 555 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 110)

Holman originally wrote this chart to feature Charlie Parker with the Kenton Band in the early '50's. Based on the changes to the ever-popular "All the Things You Are", it features alto saxophone throughout (can be done with trumpet also), and the chart has all of the wonderful creativity for which Holman is so well known with his "feature charts." It doesn't get any better than this! 5-4-4-3 (10 brass optional)


Of Space and Time - Hank Levy - Grade 5 - SMP 641 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 103)

Hank Levy wrote this wonderful 5/4 chart in the early '70's (1973), and it was recorded on the "Birthday in Britain" CD. Solos for bass and alto saxophone. 5-5-5-3 (condensed score)


On the Street Where You Live - arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4-5 - SMP 559 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 111)

The  "Stage Door Swings" CD, by the Stan Kenton Band, was one of the most popular recordings done by Kenton. All of the arrangements were done by Lennie Niehaus, and this is one of the best of the tunes on the album. It features a short harmony-muted trumpet solo, but most of the chart is ensemble or section oriented. A medium-up Swing tempo gives your band a chance to shine on this very familiar standard tune. 5-5-5-3


Once In Royal David's City - arr. by Ralph Carmichael - Grade 4/5 -SMP 609 - $52.00 CHRISTMAS MUSIC

The 1961 Capitol Records recording of Christmas music was a smash hit for Kenton. It contained arrangements by Kenton and (mostly) Ralph Carmichael of traditional Christmas music. This particular arrangement is very much in the brass tradition, but it has very hip harmonies and lines. The original arrangements were written for 4 trumpets, 4 mellophoniums, 4 trombones, tuba, keyboard, bass, drums and auxiliary percussion. These are the charts we sell, but we've also included saxophone parts which take the place of the mellophonium parts. They work quite well! From Kenton's "Merry Christmas" rCD.


Opener, The - Bill Holman - Grade 4 - SMP 613 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 105)

There are a few charts from this library which are very playable by any reasonably well developed jazz ensemble. This surely is one of the best! Holman created a beautifully layered piece, based on the "Rhythm" changes. This is one of the most popular charts in the entire Kenton Library. Solo space for alto, tenor, trombone and trumpet. Recorded on the "Kenton Showcase" CD. (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.) 5-5-5-3 NOW AVAILABLE WITH COMPUTER-NOTATED FULL SCORE AND PARTS.

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Opening - Bill Holman - Grade 4-5 - SMP 560 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 111)

Here is a great, free-swingin' Opener, also written for Stan Kenton. Although it was never recorded commercially by the band, it was played a great deal in live performances throughout the country. It "cooks" from beginning to end, and features solo space for trumpet and tenor saxophone and one of those "patented" Holman ensemble shout choruses that just swings like crazy! 5-5-5-3


Opus In Pastels---Stan Kenton - Grade 3 - SMP 659 - $32.00 (on Demo CD 104)

The all-time, classic saxophone section feature. Originally recorded for the first time in 1940, it has been recorded many, many times since (the latest recording was "Stan Kenton in London"  CD (Decca Records) in 1972. 5 saxes-3 rhythm


Out of Nowhere - arr. by Bill Holman - Grade 4/5 - SMP 619 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 103)

Holman wrote this to feature Bill Perkins in the mid '50's. It is a tenor saxophone feature throughout and a wonderful chart. Lots of blowing space and the usual swinging ensemble sections for which Holman is so well known. This chart requires 1 alto, 2 tenor and 2 baritone saxophones. 5-5-5-3


Over the Rainbow - arr. by William Russo - Grade 5 - SMP 669 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 105)

In 1953, Kenton recorded on the "Sketches on Standards" CD.  It was a great recording containing the arrangements of Russo and Kenton. The piece has a wonderful trombone solo in it (as originally recorded by Bob Burgess) and can be used as a "feature" for that instrument. A lovely, adventurous chart on a classic tune. 5-5-5-3


Party's Over, The - /arr. by Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4/5 - SMP 696 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 107)

This is one of the many wonderful charts arranged by Lennie for the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He is able to capture the Kenton sound without a lot of high-range problems or difficult concerns for the players. Solo space for trumpet and a bit of piano. Recorded on the "Stage Door Swings" CD. A great addition to any jazz and/or dance library, and a wonderful "closer" for any musical event. 5-5-5-3


Peanut Vendor, The - arr. by Kenton & Rugolo - Grade 5 - SMP 692 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 107)

The original chart as played by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. No holds barred on this one, no watered-down version. The chart allows for cued sections, exactly how the band played it. This is the real thing as recorded so many times over Kenton's 40 year career. 5-5-5-3


Pegasus - Hank Levy - Grade 4/5 - SMP 626 - $52.00
This piece is one of the most popular Levy charts that he did for the Stan Kenton Orchestra.  This is a new edition (Finale computer notated) and is available with a full score for the first time.  This is recorded on the "Journey Into Capricorn" CD by the Kenton band.  The meter is 6/8 throughout, and the piece swings like crazy. There is solo space for alto sax and trumpet.  A great melody and Hank's accessible rhythms make this chart very playable.  5.5.5.3 (on Demo CD 116)


Pennies From Heaven - arr. by Lennie Niehaus - Grade 5 - SMP 683 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 106)

This was the first chart arranged by Lennie to be recorded by Stan's band. It is a great arrangement of a wonderful tune, and it features space for a trumpet solo (originally recorded by Conte Candoli). This is a great addition to any jazz band library. Recorded on the Sketches on Standards" CD. 5-5-5-3


Polka Dots and Moonbeams - arr. by Bill Holman - Grade 4 - SMP 550 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 109)

Arranged by Holman for Carl Fontana with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the mid 50's. This chart is wonderful in its simplicity and melodic content. A striking melody and an exquisite arrangement. Solo for trombone throughout. Very reasonable brass ranges and overall rhythmic content. If you've got a good trombonist looking for a feature ballad, this is it, and the band parts are not very demanding. This was recorded in Hamburg, Germany in 1956 and is on the "Stan Kenton at the Ernst-Merck" CD. 5-5-5-3

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Portrait of a Count - William Russo - Grade 5 - SMP 531 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 108)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra was always an ideal showcase for the outstanding soloists within its ranks. This piece was written to feature Conte Candoli on trumpet. Absolutely the best! A trumpet feature throughout. Slow, Fast, Slow. Recorded on the Kenton "New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm" CD (available from Sierra Music). 5-5-5-4


Quien Sabe ? (Who Knows?) - Johnny Richards - Grade 5/6 - SMP 680 - $62.00 (on Demo CD 106)

Movement IV (of 7) of the Cuban Fire Suite. Finally ... the definitive version of this magnificent music. The fourth of seven movements published by Sierra Music. The original score of Richards' was the source for this and all the movements of this suite. Full parts for original instrumentation of four saxes, 5 trumpets, 2 french horns, 4 trombones, tuba, piano guitar, bass, drum set, timpani and 6 additional percussionists. For the first time, a Full Score is included. Recorded on the "Cuban Fire" CD. 


Quintessence - Hank Levy - Grade 5 - SMP 646 - $62.00

Of all the pieces Hank wrote for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, this is arguably the best one.  This is recorded on the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band 2005 CD.  It is a melodious work, set in 5/4 throughout.  There is a long, wonderful section for trumpet (or flugelhorn) solo.  The middle "baroque" sounding contrapuntal section is a masterpiece.  The trumpet range is very reasonable.  5-5-5-3  (can be played by only 8 brass) (on Demo CD 115)


Rhapsody In Blue - arr. by Bill Holman - Grade 5 - SMP 727 - $52.00
As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the "Live at Brigham Young University" CD,  this is a rare baritone saxophone solo feature throughout. The arrangement by Holman is marvelous, opening and closing with a slow statement of the theme, and roaring in an up-tempo setting in the middle of the chart. This is a very exciting arrangement of Gershwin's unforgettable piece.   5-5-5-3


Recuerdos - Johnny Richards - Grade 5 - SMP 665 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 105)

Movement III (of 7) of the Cuban Fire Suite. Finally ... the definitive version of this magnificent music. The third of seven movements published by Sierra Music. The original score of Richards' was the source for this and all the movements of this suite. Full parts for original instrumentation of four saxes, 5 trumpets, 2 french horns, 4 trombones, tuba, piano guitar, bass, drum set, timpani and 6 additional percussionists. For the first time, a Full Score is included. Recorded on the "Cuban Fire" CD. 


Reed Rapture - Stan Kenton - Grade 3-4 - SMP 561 - $37.00 (on Demo CD 111)

We are proud to publish another one of Stan Kenton's ground-breaking saxophone section features. "Opus in Pastels" is already in print, but this piece actually pre-dates "Opus in Pastels" and was included in the "Kenton Era" collection of recordings. The piece perfectly demonstrates the thinking of the young Stan Kenton. Written for saxophones and rhythm only. 5-0-0-3


Rendezvous at Sunset - Johnny Richards - Grade 4/5 - SMP 667 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 105)

One of the things Johnny Richards did best was write gorgeous melodies (many just think of him as bombastic and obsessed with odd-meter things). This is one of those melodies, as recorded on the "Back to Balboa" CD. There are trumpet, tenor and trombone solos. The chart had been edited so it can be played with a standard big band. 5-5-5-4 with an optional french horn part.


Rise and Fall of a Short Fugue, The - Bob Curnow - Grade 5/6 - SMP 551 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 109)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra was always ahead of its time! This chart was recorded on the "Stan Kenton Plays Chicago" CD. It was one of two originals on the album. Stan asked Bob to write something which could be performed differently every night. The fugue is an interesting "tone row" style jazz line which leads into a free-form section which is cued by the conductor in any manner so chosen. A great piece! 5-5-5-3


Round Robin - Shorty Rogers - Grade 5-6 - SMP 584 - $59.00 (on Demo CD 113)
This amazing chart was recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra and released on the "By Request-Volume One" album. It is one of those stunning charts by Shorty which took full advantage of the talents of the likes of Maynard Ferguson, Bud Shank, Milt Bernhart and Shelly Manne. This requires an accomplished tpt. section with lots of "chops." Solos for Alto Sax, Tenor Sax and Trumpet. 5-5-5-3


Royal Blue - Bill Holman - Grade 5/6 - SMP 697 - $67.00 (on Demo CD 107)

Bill Holman's compositions in the library of the Stan Kenton Orchestra were some of the most exciting pieces ever conceived for jazz orchestra. This is an up- tempo romp through the blues ... major and minor. It contains all of the elements so associated with the Kenton band .... excitement, energy and wonderfully inventive writing. This chart was recorded on the "Back To Balboa" CD. 5-5-5-3 (w/opt. french horn parts)

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Samana - Manny Albam / arr. Bob Curnow - Grade 4-5 - SMP 573 - $57.00 (on Demo CD 112)
The publication of this piece is dedicated to the memory of Manny Albam, the composer. Bob Curnow took the original orchestration (as recorded by Stan Kenton's Innovations Orchestra) and scored it for tradition jazz ensemble instrumentation. This is a wonderful Latin piece, with a nifty swing section in the middle. Manny was so innovative in his writing, that the piece sounds like it was written yesterday. Manny gave this project his blessing. 5-5-5-3 (can be played with 8 brass)


Samba Siete - Hank Levy - Grade 6 - SMP 645 - $62.00 (on Demo CD 103)

A samba in 7/4 ...... only Hank could make that work! This is a tough chart, but well worth the effort. Exactly as recorded on the "Live at Butler University " CD. Trumpet, alto saxophone and drums are featured on this extremely exciting Latin piece. Levy at his best ! This chart requires 1 alto, 2 tenor and 2 baritone saxophones. (condensed score)


September Song - arr. by Stan Kenton - Grade 3 - SMP 622 - $32.00 (on Demo CD 103)

The Kenton Band had many "hits" over the years, and a couple of them involved the whole band singing. This was one of those charts. Now, if your band isn't into singing (maybe they should be), then this is the perfect vehicle for your vocalist. Pitched in Ab. Trumpets get a "breather" and the trombones and saxophones shine as section. A wonderfully relaxing, lush chart. 5-5-5-3


Smith Named Greg, A - Hank Levy - Grade 4-5 - SMP 562 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 111)

This is a wonderful feature for baritone saxophone! It was recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the "Kenton '76" CD. It opens with a slow, pensive melody (bass and soloist only) and continues with backgrounds through the rest of the melody. The soloist then sets a brighter tempo with a 4-bar break, and the soloist and rhythm section continue for a while until the band is cued in. Limited ranges (except for one measure in 1st tpt.) make this a very accessible chart for most bands. Hurray for Hank Levy ! 5-5-5-3


Solo for Buddy - Bill Holman - Grade 5 - SMP 615 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 103)

Buddy Childers, that is! Willis wrote this for Buddy in 1954, and it is recorded on the "Kenton Showcase" CD.  (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.). A terrific feature for your stellar trumpet player. 5-5-5-4 (condensed score)


Speak Low - arr. by Johnny Richards - Grade 5 - SMP 682 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 107)

Recorded on the "Back To Balboa" CD by the Stan Kenton Orchestra, this is a typical Richards chart in that it contains exciting ensemble blowing and lots of solo space for trombone, tenor sax, trumpet and alto sax. It is set in a latin feel and has very reasonable brass ranges. A must for your library! 5-5-5-3


Spring Is Here - arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4-5 - SMP 563 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 111)

This is another one of those absolutely wonderful charts that Lennie did for Stan Kenton for what was known as "the dance book." It was the hippest dance book ever! A medium-swing tempo sets this great standard in a framework that is very musical and very exciting. Trumpet and bass are featured. Limited ranges (tpt. written high D). This one will be a real favorite. 5-5-5-3


Stairway to the Stars - arr.by Bill Holman - Grade 5 - SMP 554 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 110)

Another terrific "feature chart" by Bill Holman. This one was written to feature Gabe Baltazar (alto saxophone) and was recorded on the "Adventures in Jazz" CD. It opens with a slow setting, moves into a fast tempo and returns to the pensive, beautiful, slow setting which opened the chart. Exquisite writing! Edited to be played without mellophoniums. Standard sax section. 5-4-4-3 (10 brass optional)


Stan Kenton "Hits" Medley (Kenton "Hits" Medley) ("Hits" Medley) - arr. by Bob Curnow - Grade 4 - SMP 603 - $62.00

Four wonderful tunes.... Eager Beaver, Dynaflow, OIntermission Riff and Artistry in Rhythm are included in this medley. Curnow put on paper what the band used to play to close most concerts or dances in the later years. Perfect for a Kenton Tribute Concert when you want to end with the best loved "hits" of this band. Fairly easy to play for most bands (In fact, the idea was to rest the trumpet section for a while.) 5-5-5-4  (on Demo CD 103)

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Star Spangled Banner, The - arr. Bob Curnow - Grade 5 - SMP 575 - $37.00 (on Demo CD 112)
There have been SO many requests for the ORIGINAL arrangement as recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra, that Curnow has made it available for the first time. Here is the national anthem, as recorded by Kenton in 1972 on "National Anthems of the World." Here is a respectful, beautiful, powerful arrangement in the Kenton tradition. (alto, 2 tenors, 2 baritones; 5 trpts.; 4 trbs.; tuba, piano, bass drum set and timpani).


Stella by Starlight - arr. by Bill Holman - Grade 4-5 - SMP 661 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 104)

A great alto saxophone feature. From the incomparable "Contemporary Concepts" CD. It begins with a soft, lovely statement of the melody and ends that way, with a roaring up-tempo middle section. This is one of Holman's most often played "features." (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.)


Stella by Starlight - arr. Johnny Richards - Grade 4-5 - SMP 574 - $57.00 (on Demo CD 112)
This is the bass trombone solo, as recorded (The Kenton Era) by George Roberts with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Folks have been waiting for this one for a long time. Johnny Richards sets this wonderful ballad in his typically adventurous and exciting manner. There is also a trumpet solo. Reasonable ranges make this piece very playable. A classic chart on a classic melody. 5-5-5-3 (can be played with 8 brass)


Step Beyond, A - Hank Levy - Grade 5 - SMP 616 - $52.00

"Live at Brigham Young University"  was the CD on which this chart was recorded. It is written in 5/4 and has solos for baritone saxophone and trumpet. A terrific chart by the incomparable Hank Levy. 5-5-5-3 (condensed score)


Stompin' at the Savoy - arr. by Bill Holman - Grade 5 - SMP 655 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 113)

If there is one chart which seems to capture the essence of Stan's mid-fifties bands, this is the one! The chart swings like mad from downbeat to the end. This is one of Holman's best early charts, and he turned everyone on their ear with it. Great ensemble sections, and great solo spaces for guitar (or piano), bass, trumpet and tenor saxophone. This is very sophisticated music on maybe the best album the Kenton Band ever did. Recorded on the "Contemporary Concepts" CD. (This music is also available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.) 5-5-5-4 NOW AVAILABLE WITH COMPUTER-NOTATED FULL SCORE AND PARTS.


Street of Dreams - arr. by Stan Kenton - Grade 4 - SMP 623 - $32.00 (on Demo CD 103)

Stan had a very definite style of arranging which, of course, was the basis of most of the music for his early bands. This chart is very simple but extremely effective. It begins with quiet trombones (5 parts), then piano, then the whole band at full volume, then an alto saxophone solo, then the sax section is featured, and then there is a quiet, wonderful ending with alto and rhythm alone. This chart was recorded many times, but it was first included in the "Portraits on Standards" CD (featuring Art Pepper on the solo). A beautiful ballad and a real arranging masterpiece! 5-5-5-3


Street Scene - arr. Gene Roland - Grade 4 - SMP 739 - $49.00
This is the exact arrangement as played on the "Live at the Tropicana" CD by the Stan Kenton Orchestra.  It is a lovely, moody chart, with lush, warm harmonies and orchestration. Solos are in the tenor sax, trumpet, trombone and piano parts.  Very moderate ranges (one isolated high D in tpt. 1) make this a most playable chart.  Your band will love playing this.  5.5.5.3 (needs 10 brass) (on Demo CD 116)


String of Pearls - arr. Gene Roland - Grade 5 - SMP 740 - $55.00
This is NOT the Glenn Miller version of this tune. Gene Roland arranged this for the Kenton Band (recorded on the "Live at the Tropicana" CD), and it swings like crazy!  There is a nifty pattern created in the rhythm section which underlies the theme stated by trombones. You'll find this to be a refreshing and take on this old standard.  There is solo space for alto saxophone.  5.5.5.3 - can be played with just 8 brass (on Demo CD 116)


Sunset Tower - Stan Kenton - Grade 4/5 - SMP 537 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 108)

This is one of the amazing stories of finding what was thought to be a long-lost chart. After extensive research, it turned up as an untitled set of parts in the North Texas Kenton archives. We are proud to bring you this unedited Kenton original, computer notated (as are most of our charts) from the original parts. This is a wonderful piece which features a trombone solo (Carl Fontana's transcribed solo is included). Reasonable ranges. 5-5-5-3


Swing House - Gerry Mulligan - Grade 5 - SMP 658 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 103)

Mulligan's writing for the Kenton Band was fairly minimal in quantity but extraordinary in quality. He had a profound effect on the band and the writers to follow him. This composition was recorded in 1952 and is on the "New Concepts" CD. There is solo space for trombone, alto tenor and trumpet. A classic which should be in every jazz library. 5-5-5-4


Taking a Chance on Love - arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4 - SMP 741 - $55.00
This is one of those marvelous "dance" charts that Lennie Niehaus wrote for the Stan Kenton Orchestra.  Of course, all of Lennie's charts are extremely "hip," and this is no exception. Saxophones lay down a nifty little counter melody which occurs throughout the chart, and trumpets state the wonderful melody (Vernon Duke).  There is solo space for trumpet and a neat saxophone soli.  This has very moserate brass ranges (high D for tpt. 1) and will be a great addition to any jazz library. 5.4.4.3 (opt. 10 brass parts)  (on Demo CD 116)


Theme and Variations - Bill Holman - Grade 5 - SMP 617 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 103)

Recorded  on the "Kenton Showcase" CD (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.), this is a medium tempo swing chart which was (and still is) very different and fresh. There is no improvisation in it! It opens with unison trombones playing a simple melody, and then the different sections join in one at a time to create the many "variations" in the piece. Holman demonstrates his classical knowledge, but never at the expense of swinging. A wonderful chart! 5-5-5-4

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There's A Small Hotel  - arr. by Bill Russo - Grade 5 - SMP 589 - $49.00 (on Demo CD 115)
As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the "Sketches on Standards" CD, this is a wonderful, creative arrangement of a great standard. Russo had a wonderful way with chord substitutions and used them a lot in this chart. There is a solo for alto sax (the transcribed solo of Lee Konitz is included) and piano.  This will make a great addition to any jazz and/or dance library. All the ranges are reasonable.   5-5-5-4


Three Thoughts - Dee Barton - Grade 5/6 - SMP 647 - $62.00

What a dynamic chart this is! It is included on the CD recording "The Jazz Compositions of Dee Barton."  It opens with a dramatic, rubato ensemble at a slow tempo (while the bass and drums are swinging at a bright tempo) and then it moves into a fast-paced setting. Lots of solo space for bass and drums and alto saxophone and trumpet. The piece ends the way it begins. A wonderful composition by an extraordinary composer. This chart requires 1 alto, 2 tenor and 2 baritone saxophones. 5-5-5-3 (condensed score)


Thrill Is Gone, The - arr. by Bill Mathieu - Grade 5/6 - SMP 534 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 110)

Many think that "Standards in Silhouette" CD was the most beautiful ballad album  ever recorded by the Kenton Band. This chart is the fourth one (along with "Ill Wind", The Meaning of the Blues" and "Willow Weep for Me") which Sierra Music now has in print. Bill Mathieu is an extremely creative arranger who has reinvented these gorgeous ballads. 5-5-5-3


Tiare - Ken Hanna - Grade 5/6 - SMP 541- $47.00 (on Demo CD 110)

This is arguably the most beautiful piece ever written by Ken Hanna. One flute double and all 10 brass are required (with tuba). If you're looking for that exotic, romantic, gorgeous ballad for your band, this is the one! Recorded on the "Live from Redlands University" CD. 5-5-5-3


Tico Tico - arr. by Bill Holman -  Grade 5 -  SMP 936 - $65.00

As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra (Creative World CD) on  " Live at Redlands University",   this chart is a rip-roaring latin and swing chart that just flies along.  There is solo space for alto sax, trumpet and drums. Stan used to play this chart a lot, and his audiences always went crazy.  1st tpt. has a couple of high E's, but, other than that, range should not be a problem.   5-5-5-3  (needs 10 brass)  (on demo CD 117)


Time For a Change - Hank Levy - Grade 5 - SMP 618 - $52.00
This is a new edition (Finale computer notation) of this wonderful composition.  It is available with a full score for the first time.  Exactly as recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the "Kenton '76" CD, this is, unquestionably, one of the best things Hank ever wrote for Kenton.  Once you get by the 9/8 meter (not too difficult), the reasonable ranges (1st tpt. high D only) make this a very playable chart.  The melody is absolutely lovely, and there is solo space for alto, tenor and trumpet. 5.5.5.3 (can be played with only 8 brass)  (on demo CD 116
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Time for Love, A - arr. by Hank Levy - Grade 4 - SMP 675 - $42.00 (on Demo CD 105)

This is another one of those charts which did not get commercially (or legally) recorded by the band. Hank wrote it in the later years. It features the lush 5-way trombone sound for which the band was so well known. There is a short (written) piano solo, a strong ensemble (trumpets do not play very high at all) and a quiet ending. Another masterful chart by Hank Levy. 5-5-5-3


Tres Corazones - Johnny Richards Grade 5/6 - SMP 666 - $57.00

Movement VII ? (of 7) of the Cuban Fire Suite. Finally ... the definitive version of this magnificent music. The seventh of seven movements published by Sierra Music. This is the "lost movement", which we were fortunate to find. The original score of Richards' was the source for this and all the movements of this suite. Full parts for original instrumentation of four saxes, 5 trumpets, 2 french horns, 4 trombones, tuba, piano guitar, bass, drum set, timpani and 6 additional percussionists. For the first time, a Full Score is included. Recorded on the "Cuban Fire" CD.


Turtle Talk - Dee Barton - Grade 6 - SMP 649 - $52.00

As recorded on the "Adventures in Jazz" CD.  There are quite a few charts in the Kenton Library that stand out because of their extreme originality. This is one of them. It is also a very demanding and exciting chart. The melody and harmonic structures are based for the most part on the whole tone scales (as is Waltz of the Prophets ). This piece has not been converted to computer notation, and the parts and score ( a very poor visual quality full score) are exactly as played by the band. This is fast, screaming big band jazz at its wildest! . 5-5-5-2 (no piano)


Tuxedo Junction - arr. by Gene Roland - Grade 4-5 - SMP 937 - $57.00

This was recorded on the Stan Kenton Orchestra CD "Live at the Tropicana."  This is a very hip version of the old jazz standard.  It is set at a moderate swing tempo, and there is solo space for trumpet, trombone, tenor sax and an intro by bass alone. The solos have been transcribed and are included on the parts.  An additional set of trumpet parts (along with the original versions) are provided to make this much more playable.  It still swings like crazy.  A refreshing, wonderful look at an oft-played tune.     5-5-5-3 (can be played with 8 brass)  (on demo CD 117)


Twelve Days of Christmas, The - arr. by Ralph Carmichael - Grade 4/5 -SMP 610 - $52.00 CHRISTMAS MUSIC

The 1961 Capitol Records recording of Christmas music was a smash hit for Kenton. It contained arrangements by Kenton and (mostly) Ralph Carmichael of traditional Christmas music. This particular arrangement is one of the more complex charts on the album. It goes through a series of meters and textures and ends up with a "no-holds-barred" swinging section at the end. A great chart! The original arrangements were written for 4 trumpets, 4 mellophoniums, 4 trombones, tuba, keyboard, bass, drums and auxiliary percussion. These are the charts we sell, but we've also included saxophone parts which take the place of the mellophonium parts. They work quite well! From Kenton's "Merry Christmas" CD.

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Two Shades of Autumn - Joe Coccia - Grade 4/5 - SMP 673 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 105)

This is a beautiful ballad, exactly as recorded on the "Rendezvous with Kenton" CD. It features solos for alto and tenor saxophones. This is a gorgeous theme in a lovely setting. 5-5-5-3


Unison Riff - Pete Rugolo - Grade 5 - SMP 636 - $50.00

This chart has appeared on a couple of different albums over the years ("Kenton Classics" and "Hits"). It is typical, swinging Rugolo as he was writing in the late '40's. Solos for trumpet, alto, bass and trombone. 5-5-5-4


Walkin' Shoes - Gerry Mulligan - Grade 4/5 - SMP 656 - $42.00 (on Demo CD 103)

This is one of those charts that can be played by any reasonably accomplished big band (including high school players). It is Mulligan's own chart on his famous tune. The only recorded version of it, oddly enough, is the one on "Road Show" CD, and it was used as a vehicle for June Christy and the Four Freshmen to sing. They simply sing the instrumental lines which are in the chart. However, when the band takes over, it is obvious what a great chart this is. Easy swinging and wonderful music. 5-5-5-3 NOW AVAILABLE WITH COMPUTER-NOTATED FULL SCORE AND PARTS.


Waltz of the Prophets - Dee Barton - Grade 6 - SMP 651 - $62.00

There are quite a few charts in the Kenton Library that stand out because of their extreme originality. This is one of them. It is also a very demanding and exciting chart. The melody and harmonic structures are based for the most part on the whole tone scales (as is Turtle Talk ). There is space for tenor and trumpet solos. This was one of the more popular charts that the band played throughout the 1060's. It is recorded on the "Adventures in Jazz" CD. This piece has not been converted to computer notation, and the parts (no score) are exactly as played by the band. This chart requires 1 alto, 2 tenor, 1 baritone and 1 bass saxophones. 5-5-5-3 (no score)


We Three Kings - arr. by Ralph Carmichael - Grade 4/5 - SMP 611 - $52.00 CHRISTMAS MUSIC

The 1961 Capitol Records recording of Christmas music was a smash hit for Kenton. It contained arrangements by Kenton and (mostly) Ralph Carmichael of traditional Christmas music. This particular arrangement is one of the "jazzier" ones on the album. It swings like crazy! The original arrangements were written for 4 trumpets, 4 mellophoniums, 4 trombones, tuba, keyboard, bass, drums and auxiliary percussion. These are the charts we sell, but we've also included saxophone parts which take the place of the mellophonium parts. They work quite well! From Kenton's "Merry Christmas" CD.


We'll Be Together Again - arr. by Stan Kenton - Grade 4 - SMP 698 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 108)

Written by Stan in the late 50's, this chart is wonderful in its simplicity and melodic content. A more beautiful ballad has not been written, and Kenton's arrangement really focuses on that beauty. Solos for trumpet and piano (written out). Recorded on the "Ballad Style of Stan Kenton" CD. 5-5-5-3


Whatever Lola Wants  - arr. by Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4-5 - SMP 590 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 115) 

As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the  "Stage Door Swings" CD, this medium-up swing chart comes roaring out of the chute with a brass "pop" and leads into the piano stating the melody. There is additional solo space for baritone sax and a neat unison ensemble passage that takes this happy, swinging chart to the end.  5-5-5-4 (can be played by only 8 brass)


What's New? - arr. by Bill Holman - Grade 4/5 - SMP 660 - $62.00 (on Demo CD 104)

This may be the all-time greatest jazz arrangement of a standard tune. Also from the "Contemporary Concepts" CD. This great standard is turned into a marvelous vehicle for solo statements from alto, tenor trumpet and trombone. No big band jazz library can be complete without this superb arrangement. (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.)  5-5-5-4


Where or When  - arr. by Gerry Mulligan - Grade 4 - SMP 723 - $47.00
Mulligan contributed only a few charts to the Kenton Library, and they are all classics. This arrangement  is no exception.  Although originally arranged for Stan's "dance book" in the '50s, this is much more than a dance chart.  The saxophone section is featured, and the chart finishes with Mulligan's marvelous creative touch.  Solo for piano. 5-5-5-4


Willow Weep For Me - arr. by Bill Mathieu - Grade 5 - SMP 535 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 108)

Bill Mathieu's arrangements, done for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, were some of the most beautiful pieces ever recorded by that band. This is a splendid rendition of a great standard. It contains all of the elements so associated with the Kenton band .... wonderfully inventive writing. Trumpet, tenor and trombone solos. This chart is on the new "Standards in Silhouette" CD. 5-5-5-3

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Works - Bill Holman - Grade 4-5 - SMP 564 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 111)

Here is a terrific medium swing chart, also written for Stan Kenton in the 50s. Although it was never recorded commercially by the band, it was played a great deal in live performances throughout the country and is on a number of "transcription" recordings. It "cooks" from beginning to end, and features solo space for trumpet and tenor sax, and one of those "patented" Holman ensemble shout choruses that just swings like crazy! 5-5-5-3


Yesterdays - arr. by Bill Holman - Grade 5 - SMP 668 - $42.00 (on Demo CD 106)

This is a wonderful feature for tenor saxophone (as recorded by Bill Perkins). Bill (Perk) says that people ask him about this recording more than any other he has done (and that's a LOT!). Holman uses the essence of this beautiful ballad, stays out of the way of the soloist, and creates one of the most successful feature ballads ever arranged. This is very sophisticated music on maybe the best album the Kenton Band ever did. Recorded on the "Contemporary Concepts" CD (This music is also available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.) 5-5-5-4


You Go To My Head - arr. by Bob Graettinger - Grade 5 - SMP 686 - $47.00 (on Demo CD 106)

It is hard to explain the characteristic of this arrangement except to say that, even though Graettinger writes some very adventurous and "futuristic" textures and lines, you always know where and what the melody is. This is just wonderful writing! If you're looking for something to program which demonstrates the contributions of Graettinger to the Kenton aura, but does not get as "weird" (not a good word) as other things he wrote, this really fits the bill. We're proud to publish this and other Greattinger music. Included on the "City of Glass" CD.   5-5-5-4


Young Blood - Gerry Mulligan - Grade 5 - SMP 657 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 103)

Mulligan's writing for the Kenton Band was fairly minimal in quantity but extraordinary in quality. He had a profound effect on the band and the writers to follow him. This composition was recorded in 1952 and is on the "New Concepts" CD. There is solo space for alto, tenor and trumpet. A classic which should be in every jazz library. 5-5-5-4 (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.)


Younger Than Springtime - arr. Lennie Niehaus - Grade 4/5 - SMP 742 - $55.00
Lennie Niehaus wrote a series of terrific arrangements for the Stan Kenton Orchestra (this was recorded on the "Stage Door Swings" CD).  This chart is a medium-swing version of a great Rodgers & Hammerstein tune. It features solo space for trumpet. Ranges are quite moderate (a couple of high E's for tpt. 1) for a Kenton chart. This swings like mad, and your band will surely love playing it.   5-5-5-3 (on Demo CD 116)


Zoot - Bill Holman - Grade 5 - SMP 652 - $52.00 (on Demo CD 113)

Holman wrote this to feature (of course) Zoot Sims on tenor saxophone. This is a feature throughout the chart and is a typical "swinger" in the Holman style of the early 1950's. The only recording is on the "Kenton Era" collection. (This recording is also available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.) The parts are hand copied, not computer notated. 5-5-5-4 NOW AVAILABLE WITH COMPUTER-NOTATED FULL SCORE AND PARTS.

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