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Sleepy Creek Samba for 5-horn jazz ensemble

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A new chart for mid-size ensemble is on its way. The score is finished and the parts should be done in a week or two. I'm looking for bands to perform it.

If you'd like to work with this music, let me know and I'll send a set of parts & score.

The score is attached. It can serve as a preview of the music. Please read the last page of the score for an explaination of how my approach to flexible instrumentation works. Simply put, just about any configuration of wind instruments -- 5 saxes, 5 brass, mix of saxes & brass, woodwind quintet, clarinet ensemble...or a custom mix of tone colors -- can be used for a horn section. The rhythm section is also flexible. At a minimum, guitar or piano, bass, and drums are needed. More instruments can be added to the rhythm section. There is also a soloist part in the score.

A demo recording of the samba played by a quintet (featuring Jason Shapiro on soprano sax) can be heard on my Reverbnation page. Use the link below in my signature.

For those who like the tune but are not in a larger ensemble, a copy of the leadsheet is available from my composer's page at the American Music Center online library. Link is below in signature.

There is also a version of the samba available for big band. It uses a reed section of flute (featured), 3 clarinets, and bari sax. Very cool sound! If that instrumentation is a problem, I have alternatives.


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I made several minor tweaks to my Sleepy Creek Samba score and now I can't figure out how to upload the file as an attachment to this existing thread. (no problem with new threads).

So, here's a link to the score's page at the AMC library. At the page, click on the PDF icon to see the music.

Looking for some bands to give this chart a test drive. Please see the last page of the score (link in previous message) -- page 15. It expains the approach I'm taking to flexible instrumentation.
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