Become a more versatile and sought-after jazz arranger. Jazz Arranging explores techniques that will allow you to write effective jazz arrangements for all types of instrumental combinations, from bop and hard-bop, to big band jazz ensembles.
Take your arranging abilities to the next level of development by studying more advanced techniques for voicing chords, orchestration, articulations, and background lines.
Develop your writing and arranging skills for smaller bands and larger ensembles and learn techniques that can be applied to both live instrumentation or sequenced/sampled sounds.
In this program, you’ll move from arranging for the rhythm section, horns, and strings to writing for the full orchestra—all while building your portfolio.
Create horn arrangements with texture and style!
It’s high time that someone published a complete guide to arranging for large horn sections. Now, for the first time, learn the same jazz ensemble arranging techniques taught by renowned Berklee College of Music faculty, and studied by the best and brightest arrangers working today.
While the book focuses on classic big band and jazz styles, the core information about horn harmony and arranging can be used for any style, from hip-hop to ska. Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble includes all the information you need when creating horn charts, fueling and inspiring you with the written charts of Berklee legends Jeff Friedman, Ted Pease, Scott Free, Greg Hopkins, and Bill Scism.
The play-along CD is a powerful tool for learning. It’s also great for just listening and enjoying. It includes more than 60 demo tracks and arrangements written in the style of the masters like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Gil Evans, all performed by Berklee faculty.
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“I highly recommend this intelligent and easily understandable book. I especially liked the inclusion of topics addressing score preparation, background writing and shout choruses. The CD examples are extremely helpful.”
—Michael Abene, Composer, Arranger, Educator
“An extraordinary and up-to-date document on composing and arranging for the large jazz ensemble – succinctly and entertainingly written, with hip sounding examples – that I’ll definitely be using in my own workshops and seminars.”
—Mike Gibbs, Jazz Composer/Arranger
“This is the definitive study for the aspiring big band arranger. The book and accompanying CD provide the most comprehensive information I’ve ever read and it is an indispensable guide for both student and professional alike.”
—Alan Broadbent, Composer, Arranger, Pianist
“This is the most thorough, comprehensive book on big band arranging that I have seen up to this time. The most wonderful thing about the book is that it serves the purpose of inspiring and opening up the students’ thinking, resulting in the creation of real music.”
—Jack Walrath, Composer, Arranger, Trumpet Artist
“I’m very impressed with this book. It is valuable not only for composers and arrangers, but also for directors, teachers and players. The clear explanations and examples of the accompanying CD make this the most practical, flexible and diverse arranging, composing analysis of large ensemble writing available today.”
—Tom Everett, Director of Bands, Jazz Programs, Harvard University
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