I Once Saw Benny Goodman!



I absolutely love Goodman's music. At my high school, each year the senior class would take a trip to visit New York City. I was somewhat of a clarinet nerd, so I took along my clarinet. Every chance that I had, I would hide in the hotel room closet and practice y clarinet. There was a copy of The New Yorker magazine in the hotel room and I happened to notice that Benny Goodman was going to be performing at a place called Basin Street East. It looked to me as though his performance would begin at 2 a.m. the next morning. To say that I was excited would be the understatement of the century!


I knew better than to ask our chaperones whether or not I could go hear Goodman. There was absolutely no possibility that they would agree to allow a seventeen year-old Alabama boy out of the hotel to roam around New York City in the wee hours of the morning. I waited until after bed-check and around midnight I sneaked out of the hotel and began a trek across Manhattan toward Basin Street East.

I arrived slightly before 2 a.m. and paid the outrageous $5 cover charge. As they escorted me to a table, I saw that Goodman was already on stage and in fact, in the middle of a solo of Riding High! I thought that he had just started a bit early!

It wasn't too long before they finished the tune and, to my amazement, Red Narvo, who was playing with Goodman, lifted the bars from his xylophone and threw them on the floor! Everyone laughed - the rest of the combo drifted from the stage and Goodman, himself, acknowledged the audience and the left the stage.

I sat there for a bit before I realized that I had misread the ad in The New Yorker and that instead of beginning at 2 a.m., the gig ended at that time.

Oh well, it was a great adventure. Our chaperones never realized that I had left the hotel and walked across Manhattan in the middle of the night, but they did notice that I dozed off in the middle of a visit to some museum the next day.

Theme From The Third Man

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Theme From The Third Man
aka 
The Harry Lime Theme

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Composed in 1947 as the theme for the movie "The Third Man", this arrangement for dixieland style combo is easy to play and has a touch of humor that your audiences will appreciate!

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The Royal Telephone a la Dixieland

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The Royal Telephone

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Written in 1919, this hymn became popular at camp meetings and with jazz bands. This arrangement if for Cornet, Clarinet, Trombone, Banjo, Piano, Tuba, and Drums.

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The Nearness of You

The Nearness of You

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Here is a "little big band" arrangement of a wonderful old Hoagy Charmichael tune from the early 40's. 



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Easy Street

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Easy Street
1941

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Arranged for trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, and rhythm section, this easy-going combo chart sounds great and is perfect for dancing.

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January 1st is Public Domain Day!

On January 1st, 2021, works that were created in the year 1925 entered the public domain. To celebrate, Trad Jazz Pub is giving away a trad jazz arrangement of "Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night"!

It is a great old tune that was first recorded by Ethel Waters in that year. Here is Ethel's recording:


Our arrangement if for trumpet, clarinet, trombone, and rhythm section. It features the clarinet and trumpet. It can open up for vocals or solos. For a blues feel, a tempo of 98 bpm works well, but it will work at a faster tempo if desired.  

It's free! Just enter you email address below and click the "Submit" button. The save the pdf file of the arrangement to your computer! The file includes a score and a full set of parts for your band.


Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night

 I am working on an arrangement of this great tune for a trad jazz ensemble. In the meantime, I recorded this quintet performance of Ethel Water's "Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night".

A New Jump Arrangement of "All Of Me"

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All Of Me

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Arranged as a jump/shuffle a la Louie Prima, this is a jazz standard that will have your audience dancing in the aisles! It is perfect for swing dancing. It is arranged for trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, baritone sax and full rhythm section. 

Download the free WOODSHED TRACK of the rhythm section. Use the Woodshed Track to practice the tune before jamming with others or even to perform with only the four horns!

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Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me

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Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me

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Part of the Trad Jazz Pub Repertoire Builder Series, the arrangement comes with leads and full rhythm section parts. There is also a free WOODSHED TRACK so you can practice the tune before jamming with others.

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Here is a demo of the tune performed with the Woodshed Track!

 










The Sweet Potato Strut for Solo Clarinet

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The Sweet Potato Strut
for solo clarinet

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Here is a practice track of the piano accompaniment for this arrangement. Simply click here to download the free mp3 file or if you object to free, you can purchase it from Sheet Music Plus for a nominal fee!  Our practice tracks make practicing more fun!

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