Test pieces for the 2019 National Youth Jazz Competition are:
Combo Section: “Blue Seven” by Sonny Rollins – Listen to the original 1956 recording featuring Sonny Rollins.
Big Band Section: “Timeline” by Jeff Jarvis – Medium swing chart, scored at a medium level and is in the swing style of Count Basie/Woody Herman
Combo test piece lead sheets available (Concert treble, Concert Bass, Eb, and Bb) here
The Big Band test piece can be downloaded at http://www.ejazzlines.com/
Notes for Band Leaders from Head Judge Dr Rodger Fox:
Big Band Test Piece – TIMELINE by Jeff Jarvis
Medium swing chart, scored at a medium level and is in the swing style of Count Basie/Woody Herman
It is a straight-ahead minor swing tune with a memorable melody that will fit into any programme setting.
Tempo marks is at quarter notes equals 132, but the chart also works at brighter tempo of quarter note equals 152.
The chart has solid ensemble writing, an open solo section and comping for solo lead sheets, big band drum fills and a roaring shout chorus.
Purchase from: http://www.ejazzlines.com/
On this website is also a recorded version of the chart.
Combo Test Piece – BLUE SEVEN by Sonny Rollins
Listen to the original recording Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins
Recorded in 1956 featuring Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone, Tommy Flanagan – Piano, Doug Watkins – Bass and the great Max Roach – drums.
Strive to copy the overall feeling of the track.
Transcribe Sonny Rollins solo, transcribe part of Max Roach’s drum solo.
Also check out other versions to get more ideas for soloing:
(1) Houston Person & Ron Carter
(2) Shirley Scott