‘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 1950s 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 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 the scope of adding your own improvisation into the backing section!!
‘Swingtone’, ‘Ballad For John’, ‘Boss The Funk’ and ‘Rock Your Socks’ are 4 Jazz pieces written during 2017 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: ‘Swingtone’ This piece was inspired by 1940s swing music. The cheeky tune in the opening is written above a walking bass line. However, the music moves into a more funky section giving it a more modern feel.
Piece 2: ‘Ballad For John’ This features a more expressive melodic line (song like) accompanied by luscious harmonies. Each of the instruments in the horn section take over the melodic material which develops into an uplifting ‘chorus’ section
Piece 3: ‘Boss The Funk’ This starts with a cool Bossa Nova but develops into a more funky backing section featuring solos and riff ideas.
Piece 4: ‘Rock Your Socks’ As the title suggests, this is a more rocky piece of music featuring a strong main motif as well as a backing and solo section.
Volume 3 – Big Band
‘Not This Time’, ‘Aileen’, ‘Pigeon Blues’ and ‘Off The Peg’ are 4 Big Band styled jazz pieces written during 2019 for Intermediate and above jazz ensembles. Each piece has parts for Alto Saxophone 1, Alto Saxophone 2, Tenor Saxophone 1, Tenor Saxophone 2, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trombone 1, Trombone 2 and Rhythm Section.
Piece 1: ‘Not This Time’ This piece is a fast, foot tapping number with a Boogie Woogie styled backing section featuring multiple solos.
Piece 2: ‘Aileen’ This is a ballad styled piece where the 2 sections contrast with a change in key. It features an expressive melodic line, luscious harmonies and many overlapping solo lines.
Piece 3: ‘Pigeon Blues’ This is a quirky, fun, 12 bar blues piece. After the catchy main theme there are a series of backing riffs accompanying solo lines.
Piece 4: ‘Off The Peg’ This has a catchy and memorable swing styled main tune which is followed by a more funky backing section accompanying solo lines.
JUNIOR JAZZ PACKS
‘Simply Jazz’ is a new volume of music written for mixed instrumental groups who are at a beginner-elementary standard. The music is written in 3 main melody parts for those performers who are of an elementary standard and 3 additional simpler parts for beginner players (Harmony parts). To accommodate for all instrumental combinations, the parts are written in ‘C’, ‘Bb’ and ‘Eb’ versions using different registers and clefs. In addition to the Melody and Harmony parts there are parts for the ‘Rhythm Section’ (bass, keyboard and drums). There are 4 separate pieces in this ‘Simply Jazz’ set, and become increasingly more demanding: within ‘Simply Jazz 3 & 4’ there are options for improvisation in the Melody Parts and there is the inclusion of sharps or flats within the Harmony Parts.
‘Simply Jazz 1’ is a lively but rhythmically easy piece written in Binary Form. Much of the melodic line moves stepwise and within a 5 note range. The music provides opportunities for solo section or player as well as unison performance
‘Simply Jazz 2’ is written in the Dorian Mode with moderate rhythmic challenges and in Binary Form. Some/most of the melodic line moves stepwise. The music has opportunities for solo section or player as well as unison performance.
‘Simply Jazz 3’ is a moderate swing 12 bar blues piece with changes in rhythmic interplay. The music has opportunities for solo section or player, unison performance as well as improvisation.
‘Simply Jazz 4’ is a slow bluesy piece written in 6/8 time in Binary Form. The music has opportunities for solo section or player, unison performance as well as improvisation.
‘If Only’ and ‘Wake Up’ are new pieces written for string ensembles. They have been arranged for full string groups including a viola and double bass part but also adapted so a violin III can be used or with the omission of a double bass to accommodate for different combinations.
Piece 1: ‘If Only’ The music has been inspired by Baroque Period features ; luscious harmonic and melodic lines written over a Ground Bass; a Concerto Grosso type set up with a main string section and 2 soloists; use of suspensions adding emotional intensity into the music.
Piece 2: ‘Wake Up’ a fun piece of music that is fast and exciting. The main feature of this piece is pizzicato playing, imitative conversations between the instruments and the change of mood in the second section (G major to a modal scale based in E).
‘Pledge’ and ‘Tangoed’ are new pieces written for string ensembles. They have been arranged for full string groups including a viola and double bass part but also adapted so a violin III can be used or with the omission of a double bass to accommodate for different combinations.
Piece 1: ‘Pledge’ has been written for string orchestra as well as adapted for string quartet and quintet. it is a piece full of rich harmonic progressions and luscious melodies.
Piece 2: ‘Tangoed’ a fun tango based piece enriched with dissonant chords within a familiar chord progression. It is in two sections which are both developed with variations.
I have written 3 anthem type songs designed to raise morale and focus on pride in achievement. They have all been recorded at recording studios and so consequently can be rehearsed and performed with original backings. However, I have also provided a piano backing to accompany them to.
‘Everything Is Possible’, ‘In Your Life’ and ‘New Day’ can be performed in parts, unison or as a solo.
Piece 1: ‘Everything Is Possible’ A strong stoic song and as the title suggests, reflects that everything and anything is possible to achieve when you work hard and work together. The verse is a strong ‘hymnal melody followed by a catchy chorus section. There are intended unison sections, harmonies and a countermelody within the song all of which are optional.
Piece 2: ‘In Your Life’ This is a more reflective song which is based more on optimism and looking on the brighter side of life when life is difficult. It is written in 2 parts with solo and unison possibilities as well as a counter melodic line.
Piece 3: ‘New Day’ An uplifting, happy song that has a Gospel feel about it which reflects on the positive side of life and achievement. It has a series of catchy tunes that fit together which make it a very accessible part song appropriate for all singers including students at KS2.
I have written 3 songs designed for Primary Schools. They are all arranged for part singing around repetitive chord progressions and are consequently easy to learn melodies. All 3 songs are in 3 parts but can be adapted for unison or only using some of the parts. I have provided full scores as well as lyric sheet and piano or in some cases band backings to aid rehearsal.
Piece 1: ‘Makes You Happy’ A very catchy tune written in verse and chorus. This could be easily adapted for both KS1 and KS2: it can be sung in unison or with 2 other parts
Piece 2: ‘Blows The Blues Away’ A very catchy, foot tapping song written in the 12 bar blues. This is appropriate for KS2 and has the option of being sung in 2 or 3 parts. Because the lyrics in the verse don’t change it makes it very easy to learn.
Piece 3: ‘New Day’ An uplifting, happy song that has a Gospel feel about it which reflects on the positive side of life and achievement. It has a series of catchy tunes that fit together which make it a very accessible part song particularly appropriate for the upper years at KS2.
‘An explosion of Afro-beats and catchy melodies, Jerry Moore’s Africa keeps toes tapping and provides a refreshing contrast to our big band set’.
‘I thought JT Blues was a really catchy tune, not difficult to sight-read and was very enjoyable to play for the first time. We will practice this and include playing it in our future gigs.’
‘Wake Up’ is just wonderful. You must get it published ….. very reminiscent of Britten’s Playful Pizzicato from his Simple Symphony’
‘Thank you for sharing your Ballad for Piano and Violin worked really well with the students at school. It is really lovely music. I particularly like the cheeky modulations’
‘The chorus melody for ‘Makes Me Feel Alive’ (song for various choirs) is so catchy, it’s been circling around in my head all day’
‘Blow Away The Blues’ has a great swing feel and catchy melody. A great way to introduce part singing and 12 bar blues classroom work. Ideal for my Year 5s’.
‘It’s lovely (‘I Believe’, violin duet). I particularly like the way you’ve shared the melody between both violin parts. The 2nd violin gets really fed up if they don’t get to play the tune sometimes’
‘Rain is such a beautiful song (song arranged for various choirs). I love the melody and lyrics, and the way you build up the lines towards the end is delightful’
(‘New Day’, song arranged for various choirs) ‘It’s so uplifting…. that’s definitely another super song to suggest to the MD of our choir.’
‘Makes You Happy (primary song) would be lovely for youngster children using one part or more’.
‘New Day (primary song) would make an effective end of term song, particularly for Year 6 with its positive message’.
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