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Saucy (VJCP517-FBB)

comp. & arr. by David Yackley

$40.00 (USD)


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VJCP517-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.), Trombone IV (opt.)

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


Because this chart has been written for younger jazz ensemble, the optional Trombone IV part has not been specifically written for Bass Trombone, but is instead a more general (Tenor) Trombone part.


Description: Saucy is a fun, medium-tempo, straight 8ths chart composed and arranged by David Yackley. The chart opens and closes with a full ensemble groove buildup where students can have fun exploring non-traditional techniques: the drummer plays toms with hands, and the horn players clap, stomp and tap pencils on music stands. There are a few vocal interjections as well.


This chart makes extensive use of the D Dorian mode (notated in concert C major). The solo section is designed so that any member of the ensemble can improvise. While the bass ostinato (echoed in the piano and guitar parts) is not necessarily easy for young players, its repetitive nature means there is only a limited amount of material to learn. Saucy is a uniquely fun, engaging selection that many Junior High jazz ensembles and younger High School bands will enjoy performing.


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


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