Big Band Transcriptions, Arrangements, Charts, and Takedowns: Swing 1930's-1940's Music

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Big Band: 5 saxes, 3-4 trumpets, 2-4 trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums.

1920s Orchestra: 3 saxes, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, banjo, piano, violin, drums

Dixieland Band: - trumpet, clarinet, trombone, banjo, tuba, piano, drums (sometimes tenor)

Concert Band: - Standard concert band instrumentation  

Symphony Orchestra: - Symphony Orchestra, Big Band with Strings, Big Band plus Orchestra

Benny Goodman Solos: - Benny Goodman Solos

Combo, Piano Solo and Pit Orchestra: - Combo, Piano Solo and Pit Orchestra

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Big Band Transcriptions:

$15 per chart (unless otherwise noted)

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- If you want to buy a large number of charts, email me and I'll give you a volume discount: bigbandmusicguy@aol.com

Incidentally, a "chart" is an arrangement (a full orchestration), it includes all of the parts for all of the instruments (I've had some people ask)

These are generally note-for-note transcriptions of the arrangements that the original big band recorded. In many cases, even the solos are transcribed. In most cases, the style is big band swing from the 1930s and 1940s.

Note: The instrumentation varies a little from chart to chart (usually from 13-17-pieces). With the 13-piece charts, usually there is no guitar (although the piano part can be used since the chords are always noted). So, the effective range is from 14 to 17-piece. The instrumentation is noted by three numbers (saxes, trumpets, trombones). For example 532 = 5 saxes, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, 544 = 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, etc. Almost all have 5 saxes, there are usually 3 or 4 trumpets, and 2-4 trombones. Since it is normal for trombone parts to double trumpet parts (an octave lower), you can add trombone parts, if needed, by dropping the appropriate trumpet part down an octave (and transposed down two half steps). The Rhythm section almost always consists of piano, bass and drums (sometimes with guitar). Some of the charts have vocals (usually one chorus) and can be easily replaced by a solo (or solos) if you don't have a vocalist. A few are basically "all" vocal (i.e., beginning to end). Those are noted as "vocals." Scores are provided with charts written in Finale. The earlier "manuscript" charts do not come with scores.  I will enlarge any transcription or arrangement to fit your instrumentation for $30. Some of these charts can be heard as recoded by my Big Band, the "Mike Henebry Orchestra," at: http://mikehenebryorchestra.com/.

FREE SAMPLES: Here are some samples of my work (click to download for free) :

Many of my charts are in manuscript. The last few years I've been using Finale (which produces commercial quality parts and scores).

Cherokee (Sample manuscript)                                               Dippermouth Blues (Sample Finale)

mp3 of recording transcribed                                                                                 mp3 of recording transcribed   

Ain't No Use ('66 Count Basie/ Artur Prysock) (male vocal) 544

 

Ain't That A Kick In The Head ('60 Dean Martin) (male vocal) 532

 

All The Cats Join In ('44 Benny Goodman) 544

 

All The Things You Are ('39 Artie Shaw) (female vocal) 544

 

Any Old Time ('38 Artie Shaw) (female vocal) 532

 

Auld Lang Syne ('39 Guy Lombardo) 432

 

Bach Goes To Town ('38 Benny Goodman) 532

 

Best Is Yet To Come, The (Frank Sinatra & Count Basie) 544

 

Beyond The Sea ('60 Bobby Darin) (male vocal) 544

 

Big John's Special ('39 Benny Goodman) 532

 

Blue Lou ('39 Benny Goodman + Metronome All-Stars) 532

 

Blue Lou ('39 Benny Goodman + Metronome All-Stars) (same as above with added parts) 544

 

Bugle Call Rag  ('36 Benny Goodman) 532

 

Change Partners ('38 Larry Clinton) 532

 

Cherokee ('39 Charlie Barnet) 532

 

Coffee Song, The (Frank Sinatra) 544

 

Concerto For Clarinet ('42 Artie Shaw) 544

 

Contrasts (Jimmy Dorsey) 544

 

Crazy He Calls Me (1961 Dakota Staton) 500 (no brass, saxes & rhythm only)

 

Dippermouth Blues ('58 Glen Gray) 544

 

Does Your Heart Beat For Me? ('39 Russ Morgan) (Short Version) 532

 

Downhill Special (Benny Goodman) 544

 

For Dancers Only ('37 Jimmie Lunceford) 544

 

Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra, Count Basie) 544

 

God Bless America (Kate Smith) 544

 

Happy Go Lucky Local ('46 Duke Ellington) 532

 

Hawaiian War Chart ('46 Spike Jones) (short version) 111 (Dixie instrumentation) $8

 

Heartaches ('47 Ted Weems) 532

 

I Cried For You ('42 Harry James) (female vocal) 544

 

I Don't Want To Walk Without You ('41 Harry James) (female vocal) 532

 

I Get Ideas ('51 Louis Armstrong w/ Sy Oliver)(4 saxes, trumpet, trombone, rhythm) (male vocal) 411

 

I Know Why ('41 Glenn Miller) (female vocal) 532

 

I'll Be Seeing You ('38 Tommy Dorsey/Frank Sinatra) 532

 

I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again ('53 Benny Goodman/Helen Ward) 532

 

I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again ('53 Benny Goodman/Helen Ward) Expanded to 544

 

I'm Gonna Live Till I Die ('55 Frank Sinatra & Ray Anthony) 544

 

I'm Livin' In A Great Big Way ('35 Benny Goodman/Buddy Clark) 532

 

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You ('35 Tommy Dorsey) 532

 

I'm Old Fashioned ('42 Benny Goodman) (male vocal) 532

 

Inka Dinka Doo ('34 Jimmy Durante) 532

 

It Isn't Fair ('50 Sammy Kaye/Don Cornell) 532

 

It's Been A Long Long time ('45 Harry James/ Kitty Kalen) 532

 

It's Love I'm After ('36 Tony Martin)

 

It's Not Unusual (Tom Jones) 544

 

It Was Wonderful Then ('41 Bing Crosby/John Scott Trotter) 532

 

Jazznocracy ('34 Jimmie Lunceford) 532

 

Jumpin' At The Woodside ('39/'54 Benny Goodman) 544

 

Ko-Ko ('40 Duke Ellington) 533

 

King Porter Stomp ('35 Benny Goodman) 532

 

La Vie En Rose (vocal, ala Mellissa Manchester) (female vocal) 544

 

Lovely To Look At ('35 Jan Garber) 532

 

Lullaby in Rhythm ('38 Benny Goodman) 544

 

Main Stem ('42 Duke Ellington) 533

 

Mack The Knife ('59 Bobby Darin) 544

 

Ma 'Tit Fille (ala Buckwheat Zydeco) 544

 

Me And The Moon ('36 Buddy Clark/Joe Reichman) 532

 

Midnight Sun Will Never Set, The (as recorded by Benny Carter, 1961, with Coleman Hawkins, Phil Woods, Jo Jones, et. al.) 504 (no brass on recording or chart)

 

Moonlight Becomes You ('62 Charlie Spivak) 532

 

Moonlight Serenade ('39 Glenn Miller) 544

 

More (Bobby Darin) 543

 

My Inspiration ('61 Pete Fountain/Bud Dant) 544

 

Never In A Million Years ('37 Ben Bernie/Buddy Clark) 532

 

Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, A ('40 Glenn Miller) (male vocal) 532

 

Nightmare ('38 Artie Shaw) 532

 

Night Train ('52 Buddy Morrow) 532

 

Nobody Does it Like Me (Shirley Bassey) for brass band (vocal, 4 trumpets, Flugelhorn, 2 Alto horns, 3 trombones, Eb Tuba, rhythm sect.)

 

Pass That Peace Pipe ('47 Kay Kyser) 544

 

Petite Fleur ('61 Pete Fountain/Bud Dant) 544

 

Petite Fleur (SOG Big Band) 544

 

Pigeon Walk ('37 Jimmie Lunceford) 532

 

Red Roses For A Blue Lady (Bert Kaempfert) 514

 

River Stay 'Way From My Door (Frank Sinatra) 544

 

Roll 'Em ('37 Benny Goodman) 544

 

St. Louis Blues ('38 Benny Goodman) Carnegie Hall Concert (expanded) 544

 

Sentimental Journey ('45 Les Brown/Doris Day) 532

 

Sheik of Araby (Billy May) 544

 

Sing Me A Swing Song ('36 Benny Goodman/Helen Ward) 532

 

Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga ('40 Jimmy Dorsey/Helen O'Connell) 532

 

Soliloquy (From Carousel) (Frank Sinatra) 544

 

So Rare ('57 Jimmy Dorsey) 532

 

Stealin' Apples ('39 Benny Goodman) 544

 

St. Louis Blues ('38 Benny Goodman) 544

 

Street of Dreams (Frank Sinatra with Count Basie) 544

 

Swanee ('46 Al Jolson) 532

 

Swingtime In The Rockies ('38 Benny Goodman) 532

 

Tain't What Cha Do ('39 Jimmie Lunceford)) 544

 

Tender Trap, The (Frank Sinatra) 544

 

That Old Black Magic ('58 Louis Prima, expanded) 544

 

There's No Tomorrow (ala '49 Tony Martin) 532

 

This is My Life (Shirley Bassey) for brass band (vocal, 4 trumpets, Flugelhorn, Alto Horn, 4 French Horns, 2 Euphoniums, 4 trombones, Eb tuba, rhythm sect.)

 

Time After Time ('44Frank Sinatra)

 

Tuxedo Junction ('40 Erskine Hawkins "live") 532

 

Tuxedo Junction ('40 Glenn Miller) 544 

 

Well Did You Evah? (From High Society) (Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra) 544

 

We'll Meet Again (Vera Lynn) 544 

 

Whatever Lola Wants (Sarah Vaughan) 544 

 

When My Baby Smiles At Me ('61 Pete Fountain/Bud Dant) 544

 

Where Are You? (Arthur Prysock/Count Basie) 544

 

Wonderland By Night ('61 Bert Kaempfert) 514

 

Woodchoppers' Ball ('39 Woody Herman) 532

 

You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me ('45 Benny Goodman) 532

 

You Came A Long Way Fr St. Louis ('Stan Kenton/June Christy) 544

 

 

Big Band Arrangements & Compositions:

 $15 per chart (unless otherwise noted) and volume discounts do apply

"mp3" indicates that an mp3 of the chart (with virtual instruments reading the chart) can be accessed by clicking the link. Get your browser a few seconds to load and use the back arrow to get back to the site (not the x).

These are original arrangements by Mike Henebry.

These are big band arrangements written by Mike Henebry. In most cases, the style is big band swing from the 1930s and 1940s.

Ain't She Sweet 544

 

All I Ask Of You (Phantom Of The Opera) 544

 

America The Beautiful/God Bless America 532

 

All The Way (Latin Rock) (female vocal) 544

 

Auld Lang Syne 544

 

Autumn Leaves (Kenton style) 544 "mp3"

 

Because Of You (special comedy background) (male vocal) 532

 

Birthday Song, The 544

 

Cab Driver 544 "mp3"

 

Don't Cry For Me Argentina (tango) 544

 

End, The  (with optional string Qtet) 544+4 "mp3"

 

Hit The Road Jack (ala Ray Charles) 544

 

Juke For Teresina (from Walk on the Wild Side) 532

 

La Bamba 544

 

La Vie En Rose 544

 

Memories Of You 544

 

Moonlight Serenade (trombone feature with optional string Qtet) 544+4 "mp3"

 

My Funny Valentine (with optional string Qtet) 544+4 "mp3"

 

Old Fashioned Way, The 544

 

Out Of Nowhere 532

 

Pretend 544

 

Radio 544

 

Rockin' Hot Boogie 544 (composed by Mike Henebry) "mp3"

 

Sea Cruise (50's rock) 544

 

Some Enchanted Evening 544

 

Star Spangled Banner (instrumental) 544 "mp3"

 

Star Spangled Banner (vocal) 544 "mp3"

 

Walk-on Music (9 short introductions) 543

 

What A Wonderful World 544

 

When The Saints Go Marching In 544

 

White Sport Coat, A 544

 

World We Knew, The 544

 

Younger Than Springtime 544

 

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Big Band: 5 saxes, 3-4 trumpets, 2-4 trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums.

1920s Orchestra: 3 saxes, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, banjo, piano, violin, drums

Dixieland Band: - trumpet, clarinet, trombone, banjo, tuba, piano, drums (sometimes tenor)

Concert Band: - Standard concert band instrumentation  

Symphony Orchestra: - Symphony Orchestra

Benny Goodman Solos: - Benny Goodman Solos

Combo, Piano Solo and Pit Orchestra: - Combo, Piano Solo and Pit Orchestra

.... To view the lists of band charts, click on the tabs above.