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Onyx Dot (VJCP509-FBB)

comp. by Russell Schmidt

arr. by George Darrah

$40.00 (USD)


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VJCP509-FBB – Flexible Instrumentation Jazz Ensemble Chart, which has been written to sound complete with as few as 11 pieces or as many as a full (18-piece) big band. The instrumentation is as follows:


Alto Sax I, Alto Sax II, Tenor Sax I, Tenor Sax II (opt.), Baritone Sax (opt.)

Trumpet I, Trumpet II, Trumpet III, Trumpet IV (opt.)

Trombone I, Trombone II, Trombone III (opt.), Bass Trombone (IV) (opt.)

Guitar (opt.), Piano, Bass, Drums, Vibraphone (opt.)


Description: Onyx Dot is a straight 8ths boogaloo chart for jazz ensemble, arranged by George Darrah. It serves as a great introduction to contrapuntal writing. The Head In features the Alto Sax I and Trumpet III on the melody with response figures from the remaining horns. After an improvised solo section, the entire ensemble is featured in a Bill Holman-inspired passage focusing on two-part counterpoint. Following another chorus of solos and an exciting drum solo with stop-time ensemble figures, the band plays the Head Out to an exhilarating conclusion.


Onyx Dot is a contrafact composed by Russell Schmidt, written to the chord progression of Sonny Rollins’ all-time classic Doxy. This arrangement, with its catchy melody played over an infectious boogaloo groove, is a real crowd pleaser. Enjoy!


This big band arrangement is of intermediate-to-advanced difficulty.


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Onyx Dot

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