BIRDLAND BIG BAND CDs

 “Storybook - The Music Of Mark Miller”, featuring 2023 Grammy winning vocalist Nicole Zuraitis. The ten tracks on the CD include five original pieces and five of Mark's arrangements. Physical copies of the CD are now available for purchase on Birdland's website - click HERE. The album will be released digitally in summer of 2024.

 

“Birdland Big Band Live” is an album from 2018 featuring three of Mark's charts – his take on George Shearing's "Lullaby of Birdland", and two of his original compositions:  the uptempo burner “Go”, and the feel-good hit “Your Smile”.  You can purchase it HERE on Birdland's website, or stream it on your favorite streaming service.  Here are the Apple Music and Spotify links.

SHEET MUSIC

Please Note: 
--All of my charts are formatted for 8.8 x 11 inch paper (North American "letter" size). 
--If you would like me to do adapt any of these charts to better suit your ensemble (for example - move a solo into another instrument or part), please contact me.  It may be possible.

Big Band Charts

"Storybook" for Big Band by Mark Miller  ***PDF for INSTANT DOWNLOAD***
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"Storybook"

A mellow straight 8th medium tempo tone poem conjuring an idyllic “once upon a time” fairytale scene. The bulk of the song is in 4/4 while the bridges and Alto ride-out solo are in 7/4 (written 4/4 - 3/3).

Features Flugel 3 & Alto 1.

Written for: -2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax -4 trumpets (with flugels) -4 trombones (3

"Storybook"

A mellow straight 8th medium tempo tone poem conjuring an idyllic “once upon a time” fairytale scene. The bulk of the song is in 4/4 while the bridges and Alto ride-out solo are in 7/4 (written 4/4 - 3/3).

Features Flugel 3 & Alto 1.

Written for: -2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax -4 trumpets (with flugels) -4 trombones (3 tenors & 1 bass bone) -piano, bass, drums

Approximate length: 7 mins.
Difficulty level: Grade 5

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"WTF" FOR BIG BAND BY MARK MILLER ***PDF FOR INSTANT DOWNLOAD***
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"WTF"

An uptempo Swing-Samba that is based on dissonant harmonies, yet is very melodic and palatable to any audience. Quirky and modern post-bop that features improv solos from Alto 2 and/or Tenor 2, and either Trombone 2 and/or Trumpet 3.

Written for: -2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones (3 tenors & 1 bass bone)

"WTF"

An uptempo Swing-Samba that is based on dissonant harmonies, yet is very melodic and palatable to any audience. Quirky and modern post-bop that features improv solos from Alto 2 and/or Tenor 2, and either Trombone 2 and/or Trumpet 3.

Written for: -2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones (3 tenors & 1 bass bone) -piano, bass, drums

Approximate length: 8 mins.
Difficulty level: Grade 5.

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“Close Your Eyes” - Vocal Big Band arrangement by Mark Miller  ***PDF for INSTANT DOWNLOAD***
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“Close Your Eyes” by Bernice Petkere. Straight ahead medium swing. My arrangement of this old gem is inspired by the Doris Day/Andre Previn version. A sort-of Ravel’s Bolero treatment… starts very small and crescendos through the entire chart. Commissioned by Nicole Zuraitis & the Birdland Big Band.

Features: Female vocalist, exposed walking

“Close Your Eyes” by Bernice Petkere. Straight ahead medium swing. My arrangement of this old gem is inspired by the Doris Day/Andre Previn version. A sort-of Ravel’s Bolero treatment… starts very small and crescendos through the entire chart. Commissioned by Nicole Zuraitis & the Birdland Big Band.

Features: Female vocalist, exposed walking bass, one chorus of piano & a short improv solo for any horn player.

Written for: -2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax
-4 trumpets -3 trombones (2 tenors & 1 bass bone) -piano, bass, drums

Approximate length: 4:30 Difficulty level: 3

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"Tenderly" arranged for Vocal Big Band by Mark Miller ***PDF for INSTANT DOWNLOAD***
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“Tenderly” by Walter Gross & Jack Lawrence

My vocal arrangement of the standard done as a medium slow jazz waltz. Sometimes down & dirty, sometimes delicate. (Hard triplet feel throughout). Commissioned by Nicole Zuraitis & the Birdland Big Band.

Features: Female vocalist (alto), a short improv solo for Tenor 2, exposed flutes in Reeds

“Tenderly” by Walter Gross & Jack Lawrence

My vocal arrangement of the standard done as a medium slow jazz waltz. Sometimes down & dirty, sometimes delicate. (Hard triplet feel throughout). Commissioned by Nicole Zuraitis & the Birdland Big Band.

Features: Female vocalist (alto), a short improv solo for Tenor 2, exposed flutes in Reeds 1-3

Written for: -Female Vocalist (alto! …a few very low notes) -2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax
(also FLUTES in Reeds 1-3. Lead flute is in Reed 2 part) -4 trumpets -3 trombones (2 tenors & 1 bass bone) -piano, bass, drums

Approximate length: 4:30 Difficulty level: 4

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"Your Smile" for Big Band by Mark Miller                        ***PDF for INSTANT DOWNLOAD***
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“Your Smile" -- composed & arranged by Mark Miller.
RECORDED ON "The Birdland Big Band Live" in 2018

An uplifting gospel-pop song at a medium tempo that leaves the audience breathless. It features Trombone 2 (melody and improv solo), *Alto 1 (melody and improv solo),and Piano (or Guitar) playing an a cappella cadenza. The piece is in two large

“Your Smile" -- composed & arranged by Mark Miller.
RECORDED ON "The Birdland Big Band Live" in 2018

An uplifting gospel-pop song at a medium tempo that leaves the audience breathless. It features Trombone 2 (melody and improv solo), *Alto 1 (melody and improv solo),and Piano (or Guitar) playing an a cappella cadenza. The piece is in two large sections with the cadenza in between. The first section is in 4/4 (trombone) and the second is in 3/2 (sax solo).

*It is also available in a version that features Tenor 1 instead of Alto 1. Please let me know if you’d prefer that version & I’ll email it to you.

Written for: 2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax, 4 trumpets (with flugels in all parts), 3 trombones (2 tenors & 1 bass bone), piano, bass, drums

Approximate length: 8 minutes Difficulty level: 5

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"Go" -- for Big Band by Mark Miller  ***PDF for INSTANT DOWNLOAD***
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"Go" -- composed & arranged by Mark Miller.

RECORDED ON "The Birdland Big Band Live" in 2018

An edgy, up-tempo, hard-bop blues with an Art Blakey style Latin-swing beat. It features Alto 2, Trumpet 3 & Drums.

Written for: 2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones (2 tenors & 1 bass bone), piano, bass, drums.

"Go" -- composed & arranged by Mark Miller.

RECORDED ON "The Birdland Big Band Live" in 2018

An edgy, up-tempo, hard-bop blues with an Art Blakey style Latin-swing beat. It features Alto 2, Trumpet 3 & Drums.

Written for: 2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones (2 tenors & 1 bass bone), piano, bass, drums.

Approximate length: 9 minutes Difficulty level: 5

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"Lullaby of Birdland" for big band arr by Mark Miller  ***PDF for INSTANT DOWNLOAD***
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"Lullaby of Birdland"

RECORDED ON "The Birdland Big Band Live" in 2018.

A straight-ahead medium-up version of George Shearing's classic. A great ‘opener’ — starts big and ends big. Features an extended sax soli, Trumpet 4, Trombone 2, Tenor sax, 8 bars of drums & 4 bars of bass.

Written for: -2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax -4

"Lullaby of Birdland"

RECORDED ON "The Birdland Big Band Live" in 2018.

A straight-ahead medium-up version of George Shearing's classic. A great ‘opener’ — starts big and ends big. Features an extended sax soli, Trumpet 4, Trombone 2, Tenor sax, 8 bars of drums & 4 bars of bass.

Written for: -2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax -4 trumpets -4 trombones (3 tenors & 1 bass bone) -piano, bass, drums

Approximate length: 6:30 Difficulty level: 4

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"Obsesion" for Latin big band 5 Tpts as played by Raul Agraz, arr by Mark Miller
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“Obsesion” by Pedro Flores arranged by Mark Miller.
RECORDED ON Raul Agraz's Latin Grammy nominated album Between Brothers (2016).

Written to feature my friend Raul, this is a Rumba-Cha rendition of this classic. (Rumba-Cha is mostly uptempo Rumba, with some Cha-Cha sections (exactly half-time.) 3-2 clavé throughout. It heavily features solo

“Obsesion” by Pedro Flores arranged by Mark Miller.
RECORDED ON Raul Agraz's Latin Grammy nominated album Between Brothers (2016).

Written to feature my friend Raul, this is a Rumba-Cha rendition of this classic. (Rumba-Cha is mostly uptempo Rumba, with some Cha-Cha sections (exactly half-time.) 3-2 clavé throughout. It heavily features solo trumpet throughout, plus has a solo for tenor sax.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/Ml_yIP1RTSg

Written for:
2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax, 5 trumpets (4 trumpet version coming soon), 4 trombones (3 tenors & 1 bass bone), piano, bass (electric bass or baby bass preferred), percussion / drums (same chart) *works best with Latin percussion section (at minimum: congas plus either drum set or timbales)

Approximate length: 5:15 Difficulty level: 5

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“He Had A Hat” -- for big band by Jeff Lorber arr by Mark Miller  ***PDF for INSTANT DOWNLOAD***
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“He Had A Hat”

My arrangement of Jeff Lorber’s fusion groover. A slow 4/4 smooth jazz-funk with a twist.

Features Alto 1, Bari sax, piano (and/or bass) & drums.

Written for: -2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax -4 trumpets (any flugels??????) -3 trombones* (2 tenors & 1 bass bone) -piano, bass, drums

Approximate length: 7 mins

“He Had A Hat”

My arrangement of Jeff Lorber’s fusion groover. A slow 4/4 smooth jazz-funk with a twist.

Features Alto 1, Bari sax, piano (and/or bass) & drums.

Written for: -2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax -4 trumpets (any flugels??????) -3 trombones* (2 tenors & 1 bass bone) -piano, bass, drums

Approximate length: 7 mins Difficulty level: Grade 4

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“Send One Your Love” for Big Band by Stevie Wonder arr Mark Miller ***PDF for INSTANT DOWNLOAD***
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“Send One Your Love”

Stevie Wonder hit from 1979 treated in a slow Samba feel, and has a light, mellow vibe. It features improv solos of: Piano, Soprano Sax, and any other horn player. (The chord changes are quite challenging to blow over.) There is a sax soil and beautiful breakdown-shout chorus for the brass.

Written for: soprano sax, alto sax, 2

“Send One Your Love”

Stevie Wonder hit from 1979 treated in a slow Samba feel, and has a light, mellow vibe. It features improv solos of: Piano, Soprano Sax, and any other horn player. (The chord changes are quite challenging to blow over.) There is a sax soil and beautiful breakdown-shout chorus for the brass.

Written for: soprano sax, alto sax, 2 tenor saxes, baritone sax (flutes in reeds 1,2 & 3), 4 trumpets (with flugels in all parts), 3 trombones* (2 tenors & 1 bass bone), piano, bass, drums.

Approximate length: 6:30 Difficulty level: Grade 4 for ensemble, Grade 6 for improv solos

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Big Band with Female Vocalist

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