JJB Winter 2020 – Listening Links and Music

Hello JJB Musicians,

Welcome to the Winter 2020 Jumpin’ Jazz Band!  We have 35 members – many returning from the fall session, some from previous sessions and some new members as well!  I look forward to seeing you all Monday, Jan 6 at Brookfield High School, in the music room (main floor, hall to the right of the auditorium, room 154).  Set up and warm up starts at 6, and rehearsal is 6:30 – 8:45.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Art Stewart for his work as our Band Rep since Jumpin’ Jazz Band began, in January 2018.  Art lead the proposal for the new Jumpin’ Jazz Band, and has been a huge support to me personally.  The Band Rep term is two years, and a new Band Rep is needed.  If you are interested, please check the type of work involved in the document The Role of the Band Rep https://ottawanewhorizons.com/administration/

Thanks also to Dave Jones, who is continuing to volunteer with JJB, helping out in all areas!  We are so lucky to have his kind assistance!

I appreciate the help I am receiving from Sue, Errol and Wayne to prepare the music scans which are being loaded to Drop Box.  Please print off all parts for your instrument for the pieces in the Drop Box.  Three pieces are currently available. Due to technical difficulties, some music will be available this Monday at rehearsal and will be eventually be available in this same link.


The  listening links below are the charts we will be learning this session.  We will perform some of these at our ONHB concert in April, as well as a community concert. We will also be keeping up almost all of our fall session music, (dropping Autumn Leaves as it is not as appropriate for a spring community concert).

New members, please print off the music from the fall Drop Box Link


Also, you can sign up for the IPS (Interactive Practice Studio)  on page 1, an online copy of our method book “First Place for Jazz“. The IPS is free with the purchase of your method book “First Place for Jazz“.

Enjoy Listening!  Keep coming back to listen – and send me your favourite jazz recordings to share.  To play jazz, just LISTEN!

See you tomorrow!


Listening Links for JJB Winter 2020

1 Green Onions Al Jackson Jr, Lewis Steinberg, Booker T Jones, Steve Cropper, arr Roger Holmes

2 Respect  Otis Redding arr John Berry

3 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, arr John Berry

Ain’t No Mountain – vocal version arr jerry nowak  (this is an arrangement with a vocalist, and is a 3.5 level, or “Difficult” –  only for comparison purposes .    Mercy Mercy Mercy, and Cousin Mary are ME –  Medium Easy, as is‘Round Midnight, from a previous session, and these will be our most challenging pieces.)

4 Mercy Mercy Mercy Josef Zawinul arr P Jennings  2014 performance

Mercy Mercy Mercy 2018 performance

5 Cousin Mary – John Coltrane arr Terry White

Sight reading –

  1. Puttin’ On The Ritz  Irving Berlin  arr John Berry

From the fall session –

Our arrangement of Afro Blue – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZmGnol2LRw

You will notice rhythmic differences from our arrangement by Michael Sweeney when you listen to these fantastic early performances of the pieces.

Enjoy this performance of Afro Blue – flutes will LOVE it- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbE7jf_Hp5w

All will enjoy this performance of Afro Blue – especially rhythm section, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPlfoXogtdI

John Coltrane at Birdland, performing Afro Blue – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxgjcrMs3bA

Mercy Mercy Mercy – Zawinul  (Smooth Jazz Family enjoying soloing) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBi2xFqGKFc

Roy Hargrove Quintet –  Close Your Eyes (Hedy, Geoff and Art will really enjoy seeing this one – and the OOOO so smooth trumpet and sax solos – ahhhh!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00MDScLr8As