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SATB Jazz Repertoire

I'm working with an adult SATB group, looking for jazz arrangements, specifically Mood Indigo. (Sometimes acapella, sometimes with bass and/or keyboard). We have done a few of the Ward Swingle arrangements, but would like more with medium difficulty, but close harmonies.  I am not experienced with being in charge of finding choral repertoire so I'm really wandering around in the dark on the internet.
on December 15, 2013 3:25am
Paris Rutherford did a fine arrangement of MOOD INDIGO a few years back. SATB.  I believe it was published by Belwin, but someone else may cover it now.  Worth checking into.  Good luck.
on December 15, 2013 2:29pm
I am not familiar with Mood Indigo, so I don't think I would be much help with that.  But here are some good things I have done with my HS SATB group over the last couple of years that have been very successful:  (The last two years I had a pretty advanced group of very hard working students.  These wouldn't work every year for me.)
~ Butterfly by Mia Makaroff (Rajaton's arrangement)
~ Organ Fugue by Ward Swingle
~ The Real Group has great stuff, Gota by Karlsson and I Sing You Sing by Edenroth, also Bumblebee (don't recall the writer and can't find it right now) are ones that worked well for me.
~ Greg Jasperse also has some really great stuff - VoiceDance (I think there are 5 now) is popular.  Also It Came Upon a Midnight Clear should offer you a good challenge!
~ Check out New York Voices arrangements.  Darmon Meader writes wonderfully.  We have recently done On a Clear Day and I Could Write a Book, but those are both better with at least a rhythm section, or better, a jazz band.
~Check out Jennifer Barnes, Michele Weir, Vijay Singh, and Rosana Eckert's arrangements of almost anything.
Hope that gives you some starting points.  If you haven't looked at Sound Music Publications, you should.  Lots of good stuff, and you can look by difficulty, composer, arranger, with our without accompaniment, etc.
on December 15, 2013 5:58pm
I concur with the Rutherford  Mood, but check on It don't mean a thing, as well.
Ward Swingle arrangements can be found on Uninversity of Northern Colorado's Jazz Press website.  Among my favorites:  All the Things you Are,  Take 5, and Just one of those things.  They can be difficult, but well worth the effort.  Youtube has many recordings of them.
on December 16, 2013 2:45am
I have had great success with Darmon Meader's arrangements of "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Send in the Clowns."
on December 16, 2013 5:51am
Please take a look at my composition Waltzes about France, for SATB and jazz combo (sax/piano/bass/drums). Complete information, including performance MP3 and sample score PDF, available at:
All best!
Jonathan Santore
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