Jazz Bands Syllabus (sample)

Artists to listen to:


Alto – Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, Cannonball Adderly

Tenor – Lester Young, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Paul Gonzalves, Chris Potter


Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Fats Navarro


J.J. Johnson, Frank Rosolino, Wycliffe Gordon, Tommy Dorsey


Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Red Garland


Joe Pass, Freddie Green


Paul Chambers, Sam Jones, Ray Brown, Jimmy Blanton

Drum Set:

Buddy Rich, Louis Bellison, Gene Krupa, Max Roach


Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday


Albums to listen to:

Louis Armstrong “Hot 5’s and 7’s”

Miles Davis “Relaxin” and “Kind of Blue”

Any album by Bud Powell and Charlie Parker

Below are some recordings of our performances over the years!

Jazz Ensemble 1 playing Thad Jones’ Tiptoe:

Jazz Ensemble 2 playing Yardbird Suite:

Jazz Ensemble 3 playing Now’s the Time:

District Music Performance Assessment 2015:

I Can’t Stop Loving You:

District Music Performance Assessment 2014:

Song for My Father (featuring Tristan Young on Trombone) by Horace Silver arr. Frank Mantooth:

It’s Oh, So Nice by Sammy Nestico (from the Basie, Straight Ahead album):

Jazz Band I, 2012 District Jazz MPA:

Big Dipper, composed by Thad Jones (Riley Fallen-trumpet, Morgan Roberts-tenor sax, Emily Bogenrief-guitar)

Street of Dreams, arranged by Frank Comstock (Michelle Cherne-alto sax, Nick Sellinger-trombone)

Struttin’ With Some BBQ, composed by Louis Armstrong (Nick Sellinger-trombone, Morgan Roberts-tenor sax)