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Duke Ellington

Born: 1899. Died: 1974. Lived in: United States

Born 29 April 1899 in Washington DC, composer, bandleader, and pianist Edward Kennedy ("Duke") Ellington was recognized in his lifetime as one of the greatest jazz composers and performers. Nicknamed "Duke" by a boyhood friend who admired his regal air, the name stuck and became indelibly associated with the finest creations in big band and vocal jazz. A genius for instrumental combinations, improvisation, and jazz arranging brought the world the unique "Ellington" sound that found consummate expression in works like "Mood Indigo," "Sophisticated Lady," and the symphonic suites Black, Brown, and Beige (which he subtitled "a Tone Parallel to the History of the Negro in America") and Harlem ("a Tone Parallel to Harlem").

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Kirby Shaw : Take the A Train : Showtrax CD : 073999978551 : 08551782

Kirby Shaw : Take the A Train

Now available in a Discovery arrangement, this is the perfect way to introduce this standard to younger singers.Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:00

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2865p | Showtrax CD | $26.95


Kirby Shaw : In a Mellow Tone : Showtrax CD : 073999572339 : 08744763

Kirby Shaw : In a Mellow Tone

This arrangement of the great Duke Ellington standard is hot! Voices in octaves start the melody over a single bass line and gradually develop into an exciting big-band style shout chorus.Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental Pak (parts for Guitar, Bass and Drums) and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:15

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Performed by Duke Ellington | 2872p | Showtrax CD | $22.95


Kirby Shaw : It Don't Mean a Thing: The Best of Duke Ellington (Medley) : Showtrax CD : 884088070250 : 08745533

Kirby Shaw : It Don't Mean a Thing: The Best of Duke Ellington (Medley)

Pay tribute to the music of Duke Ellington in this hot 7-minute medley. Includes four of his greatest hits: Mood Indigo, Satin Doll, Take the A Train and It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing).Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental ePak (parts for Trumpet I & II, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Guitar, Bass and Drums) and ShowTrax CD.

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Performed by Duke Ellington | 2874p | Showtrax CD | $49.95


Mac Huff : Hit Me with a Hot Note : Showtrax CD : 884088127619 : 08202021

Mac Huff : Hit Me with a Hot Note

This sizzling Duke Ellington classic will be a super feature for pop and jazz choirs. Use the live band or ShowTrax CD for extra impact!Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental ePak (parts for Trumpet I & II, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Baritone Sax, Guitar, Bass and Drums) and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx.2:40

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2862p | Showtrax CD | $22.95


Mark Brymer : It Don't Mean a Thing : Showtrax CD : 08637465

Mark Brymer : It Don't Mean a Thing

This hot '30s swing number is high energy from beginning to end. Featured in the Broadway revue Bubbling Brown Sugar, this chart has great dance potential. Available: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental Pak, ShowTrax CD. Peformance Time: Approx. 2:20.

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2870p | Showtrax CD | $19.95


Mark Brymer : Don't Get Around Much Anymore : Showtrax CD : 884088420673 : 08740220

Mark Brymer : Don't Get Around Much Anymore

Originally made famous by Duke Ellington, this jazz standard has been sung by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Harry Connick, Jr. Enjoy this swinging setting from Mark Brymer. Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Rhythm parts available digitally (gtr, b, dm). Duration: ca. 2:45.

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2871p | Showtrax CD | $26.95


Paris Rutherford : Come Sunday : Showtrax CD : 073999557480 : 0634099922 : 50485912

Paris Rutherford : Come Sunday

Known primariily as a band leader and jazz artist, Duke Ellington also had deep roots in the Christian faith. His 1943 cantata Black, Brown and Beige featured this rich and deeply moving song most famously performed and recorded by Mahalia Jackson. These accessible settings for mixed and treble choirs by noted jazz educator Paris Rutherford are ideal for both worship and concert performance. Available for SATB, SAB, SSA, IPak (Strings and Rhythm Section) and ShowTrax CD.

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2882p | Showtrax CD | $22.95


Paris Rutherford :  : Showtrax CD : 884088116439 : 08745764

Paris Rutherford : It Don't Mean a Thing (If it AinŐt Got That Swing)

The great Ellington classic still swings in this setting that includes a written vocal and piano solo.Available separately: SATB, ePak(R) and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 4:25.

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4191p | Showtrax CD | $22.95


Paris Rutherford : Caravan : Showtrax CD : 888680663735 : 00214284

Paris Rutherford : Caravan

A jazz classic in a barn burner Afro-Cuban setting, provides an exciting and energetic closer to a set, or even a full show. Fun and rewarding for your group to perform, there are opportunities for multiple solos, both vocal and instrumental.

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7779p | Showtrax CD | $26.95


Roger Emerson : It Don't Mean a Thing : Showtrax CD : 073999271096 : 08551781

Roger Emerson : It Don't Mean a Thing

A true musical classic now available in the Discovery Jazz Series. Expertly arranged for younger choirs this is the perfect introduction to the music known as Swing.Available separately: 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:30.

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2864p | Showtrax CD | $26.95


Russell L. Robinson : Duke's Place : Showtrax CD : 038081311487  : 00-28604

Russell L. Robinson : Duke's Place

Sometimes known as "C Jam Blues," this is the vocal version of Duke Ellingtonis signature theme. The lyrics are as hip as can be: "Saxes do their tricks at Dukeis Place." Perfectly crafted for developing choirs with easy, tight harmonies. Also included are a call and response section and a written-out scat solo. This arrangement has it all.

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5725p | Showtrax CD | $24.95

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