‘Africa’, ‘Roll With It’, ‘Chilli Jam’ and ‘JT Blues’ are 4 Jazz pieces written during 2016 for Intermediate and above Jazz ensembles. Each piece has parts for Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, optional Baritone Saxophone, Trombone and Rhythm Section.
Piece 1: ‘Africa’ This was written in the style reminiscent to the African Jazz pioneers of the 1950’s with recurring chord patterns and catchy rhythmic melodies. This is a fast moving piece that sounds ‘happy and uplifting’. It is a good piece for bands starting out as there are many unison sections, ideal to involve all performers, as well as solo sections.
Piece 2: ‘Roll With It’. This is a bluesy number of moderate tempo which features a catchy main melody and incorporates unison and counter melodic playing as well as solo sections.
Piece 3: ‘Chilli Jam’. A fast moving piece that is uplifting in character. The main melody is played in unison and in harmonies with a funky backing section which accompany the solos. Watch out for the unusual phrase lengths and key change!.
Piece 4: ‘JT Blues’. This groovy number is written in a 12 bar blues structure and incorporates a rhythmic riff line, strong harmonies, much unison playing as well as solo sections with scope of adding your own improvisation into the backing section!!