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Composing with Finale® by Mark Johnson

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Chapter 14. Jazz Band

This book wouldn’t be complete without a word on arranging for jazz band. After all, these organizations are one of the world’s great music manufacturing plants. In the Twin Cities area, the Nova Big Band is an inspiration. After taking in a number that swings harder than a populist, a player will rise for a second and wave casually as if to say, “It was nothing, these guys did all the work.” By the end of the night your humble observer has heard a slice of original compositional brilliance from each and every player, written, improvised, and otherwise. What a treat.

Several volumes could be dedicated to the creation of jazz-band charts in Finale, and many jazz-band arrangers are far more qualified in the practice than I. ...

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