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Woodbury Music Department: Jazz Band

Music and Band Site

Take a Listen

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In the Mood

It Don’t Mean a Thing

Sing, Sing, Sing

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

All Blues

Tenor Madness

Giant Steps

Minnie the Moocher


Tuxedo Junction

Watermelon Man

Woodchopper’s Ball

One O’Clock Jump

Sweet Georgia Brown

In Walked Bud

A Night in Tunisia

St. Thomas

C Jam Blues

Blues By Five


Mr. P.C.

Take Five

Take the “A” Train

Jazz Band Overview

Jazz Band Overview

First formed in 1996, The Woodbury Jazz ensemble plays at community events, fundraisers, festivals, and concerts in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In 2003, the group was featured on the T.V. show, N.H. Chronicle.Woodbury Jazz is an auditioned group made up of students who are highly motivated and self-directive. Unlike concert band, in jazz there is usually only one musician on a part. (No cheating-you have to know ALL your notes!!!). Most of the jazz band members practice daily and take private lessons. Membership is restricted to standard big band instrumentation (saxes, trumpets, trombones, piano, guitar, bass and drum set). Flutes and Clarinets, though not part of the traditional big band, are encouraged as well. Drummers must be able to read set music. With the exception of guitar & piano, students must be in concert band in order to be in jazz band. Jazz band is open to students in grades 6, 7 & 8, and it meets once a week: Tuesday after school 2:15-3:30.Listening is also encouraged, and professional jazz recordings are played for the students at every rehearsal. The chart book contains 15-20 standard tunes, and what the group learns is rotated every year.

We have performed at UMall Lowell college hockey, The Governor of NH executive council, and for several members of the United States Congress and Senate, as well as The Souhegan Jazz Night.

Prominent Jazz Artists

 Google some of these great musicians and also look them up on Youtube. Listen, listen, listen!!

Alto Sax: Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman, Cannonball Adderly, Sonny Stitt, Phil Woods, Paul Desmond, Art Pepper, Lee Konitz, Bennie Carter, Johnny Hodges

Tenor Sax: John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Joe Lovano, Stanley Turrentine, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Stan Getz

Baritone Sax: Gerry Mulligan, Nick Brignola, Pepper Adams, David Schumacher, Glenn Wilson

Trumpet: Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, Fats Navarro, Bobby, Bill Chase, Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones, Lee Morgan, Harry James, Wynton Marsallis, Louis Prima

Trombone: JJ Johnson, Bill Watrous, Malcolm Earle Smith, Dan Barrett, Wycliffe Gordon, Jack Teagarden, Ray Anderson, Tommy Dorsey, Curtis Fuller

Piano: Thelonius Monk, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea, Diana Krall, Teddy Wilson

Bass: Charles Mingus, Ray Brown, Bob Haggart, William Parker, Arvel Shaw, Pete Washington, Curley Russell, Jaco Pastorius.

Guitar: Wes Montgomery, Larry Coryell, Charlie Clinton, Herb Ellis, Pat Metheny, Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel, Eddie Condon, Joe Pass, Charlie Byrd

Drums: Art Blakey, Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa, Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Philly Joe Jones, Dave Weckl.

Vocals: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mercer, Dianna Krall, Bobby McFerrin, Chet Baker, Tony Bennet, Ray Charles, Diane Shuur, Bessie Smith, Sarah Vaughn, Josephine Baker, Shirley Horn

Prominent Big Bands

Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd

Buddy Rich Big Band

Count Basie Jazz Band

Charles Mingus Big Band

Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra

Stan Kenton Band

Mel Lewis and Thad Jones Jazz Orchestra

Don Menza Big Band

Louie Bellson Big Band

Maynard Ferguson Jazz Band

Sammy Nestico Big Band

University of North Texas Lab Bands

Glenn Miller Orchestra

GRP All-Star Big Band

Duke Ellington Jazz Orchestra