Big Band

Unique Christmas arrangements for big band and choir!

In 2008, Richard Rudolph, director of music for Convenant Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA commissioned and premiered four sacred jazz Christmas arrangements for Big Band and combined gospel and traditional choirs. The community response was enough to fill this large church for two standing-room-only shows. The church followed up by commissioning five more arrangements that premiered in January 2010 rather than December 2009 due to a big snowstorm which shut the town and highways. Despite this unusual timing for a Christmas concert the house was packed again.

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  • Go Tell A Wonderful Child (Big Band & Choir)- PDF ()
    Combines two Christmas spirituals, Oh, What A Wonderful Child and Go Tell It On The Mountain in a toe tapping groove that morphs into a military style march followed by a heavy gospel shuffle. Lots of key changes keep adding more and more energy with each chorus. Features a written solo for tenor voice and a written or ad lib solo for piano. (5:45)

    Instrumentation: 4 trpts., 4 trombones, 5 saxes with 2 flute doubles, rhythm section with SATB choir. Could also be performed as instrumental with minor adjustments.

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  • Hark, the Angels We Have Heard (Big Band & Choir) - PDF ()
    A funky medley of Hark, the Herald Angels Sing and Angels We Have Heard on High. Features: an improvised trumpet solo. (5:33)

    Instrumentation: 4 trpts., 4 trombones, 5 saxes, rhythm section and optional guitar with SATB choir. Could also be performed as instrumental with minor adjustments.

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  • We Three Merry Gentlemen (Big Band & Men's Choir) - PDF ()
    A medley of We Three Kings and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen combining classical, jazz waltz and swing feels. Features: improvised solos for trumpet, alto and tenor saxes. (5:53)

    Instrumentation: 4 trpts., 4 trombones, 5 saxes, rhythm section and optional guitar with SATB choir. Could also be performed as instrumental with minor adjustments.
     

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  • Fum Bells (Big Band & Choir) - PDF ()
    A medley of Carol of the Bells and Fum, Fum, Fum with a jazz waltz style that evolves into blues, reggae and even klezmer feels! Features solos for alto and tenor saxes and distinctive written featured bass line for bari sax. (6:39)

    Instrumentation: 4 trpts., 4 trombones, 5 saxes with 2 flute doubles, rhythm section with SATB choir. Could also be performed as instrumental with minor adjustments.

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  • Good Wassail (Big Band & Choir) - PDF ()
    A blending of Good Christian Men Rejoice and Here We Come a Wassailing begins with a quiet choir feature that moves into an Afro Pop groove with an optional steel drum part (can also be performed on keyboard). A medium swing section featuring a tenor sax solo follows before the big double time ending. (6:33)

    Instrumentation: 4 trpts., 4 trombones, 5 saxes with 2 flute doubles, rhythm section, optional steel drum and SATB choir. Could also be performed as instrumental with minor adjustments.

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  • O Holy Night (Big Band & Choir) - PDF ()
    Variety is the name of the game with this one. The intro establishes “the stars are brightly shining” with a lengthy reference to Gustav Holst’s The Planets that moves into jazz-rock, cool jazz and gospel grooves. A hard swinging 12/8 shuffle take it on through the surprise ending that again references The Planets. Features solos for trumpet and trombone. (7:16)

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    Instrumentation: 4 trpts., 4 trombones, 5 saxes with 2 flute doubles, rhythm section with SATB choir. Could also be performed as instrumental with minor adjustments.

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  • What Child is This (Big Band & Choir) - PDF ()
    A hushed classical choir intro evolves into a bright Latin groove reminiscent of the Tijuana Brass. Features: tenor sax, trumpet and drum set improvised solos. (6:57)

    PDF format with a photocopy license. 

    Instrumentation: 4 trpts., 4 trombones, 5 saxes, rhythm section and optional hand percussion with SATB choir. Could also be performed as instrumental with minor adjustments.
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  • Midnight Manger (Big Band & Choir) - PDF ()
    A medley of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear and Away in a Manger in a heavy gospel waltz style. Features: piano and trombone solos. (5:22)

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    Instrumentation: 4 trpts., 4 trombones, 5 saxes, rhythm section and optional guitar with SATB choir. Could also be performed as instrumental with minor adjustments.

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  • Turelurelullay (Big Band & Choir) - PDF ()
    This medley of Bye Bye Lully Lullay and Patapan begins contemplatively with a dark jazz waltz that builds in intensity to a big ending. Reminiscent of movie scores by Lalo Schifrin and Henry Mancini. Various brass mutes, flutes and toms add a nice change of timbre and reference the lyrics “Willie, bring your little drum; Robin, bring your fife and come.” Includes solos over minor blues changes. (6:38)

    PDF format with a photocopy license. 

    Instrumentation: 4 trpts., 4 trombones, 5 saxes with 2 flute doubles, rhythm section with SATB choir. Could also be performed as instrumental with minor adjustments.

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