Ballad

In this genre you'll find rock ballads, swing ballads, 3/4 ballads and ballads for dancing. Find something for your festival repertoire here.

ballad
Grade 1
$40.00

This song is a romantic Lullaby in 3/4 about the beautiful Japanese cherry blossom tree or Sakura. It is a ballad featuring the trombone. This selection is a good opportunity to teach about 3/4 time in jazz.

Other features:

  • Lead trumpet to G
  • Improvising is beginner level
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBallad WaltzChristian Overton3:303/490
ballad
Grade 2
$50.00

"That Look" is a slow dance shuffle ballad feature for the Alto Saxophone. It’s a classic recognizable style that we as professional musicians play in all the time. The melody is very singable and the harmony goes some nice places. It’s a good opportunity to share with your students a little bit about being a musician as a career, and playing this dance kind of music.

Other features:

  • Lead trumpet to G
  • Improvising is Beginner level
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSwing BalladChristian Overton4:004/460
ballad
Grade 3
$60.00

"On the Ending Earth" is an original composition written in the classic Big Band ballad style. This tasty tune is inspired in part by Mingus ballads and provokes thoughts of Big Band nostalgia. It features the solo Flugelhorn, with some juicy sax section parts and gentle brass playing. Use this chart to educate your students on the classic big band sound.

Other features:

  • Improvising intermediate to advanced
  • Lots of independent parts
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladErik Patterson3:154/470
ballad
Grade 4
$70.00

"Wood & Shadow" is a spooky selection as recorded by the "Composer's Collective Big Band" on their self titled release. This tune is a feature vehicle for the soprano saxophone, and also features the melody played by Bass Clarinet, Bass and Bass trombone creating a unique sound. It’s a nice change from the standard big band repertoire and will be a good work out for your woodwind section if they are saxophone players looking to double.

Other features:

  • Woodwinds are: Soprano Sax, Flute, 2 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandSlow Straight 8ths Christian Overton8:304/488
ballad
Grade 3
$60.00

This classically inspired arrangement was written to really set the mood of a crisp, starlit winter’s night. It features lush section playing and some chances to show off independent section leaders. There is an improvising section for Alto Saxophone.

Other Features:

  • Bb Major scale improvising
  • Choral sections
  • A fresh take on a classic Holiday standard
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladChristian Overton4:003/490
ballad
Grade 3
$60.00

Andy Says: "Dark Matter" is a musically sophisticated but technically accessible chart which features either alto or baritone sax in an extended feature. The main theme is in a straight eighth ballad feel with the solo section and shout chorus in double-time swing. The objective with this piece was to explore a more contemporary "dark" minor harmonic palette while keeping all the parts playable for young musicians.

Other Features:

  • Mutes for trumpets
  • Alternate Solo parts for Alto 1 or Bari Sax
  • All exposed trombone parts cued in saxophones
  • Guitar pedal effects
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladAndy Ballantyne6:304/476
ballad
Grade 2
$50.00

“A Long Kept Secret” is a warm straight eighths ballad filled with hints of nostalgia and reflection. It features a memorable yet searching melody written for alto saxophone. The bridge section moves and grows while the A sections play as a gentle release. This was recorded by the University of Toronto 10 o'clock Jazz Orchestra.

Other Features:

  • Great band feature as well as solo feature
  • Memorable melody
  • Modal improvising
BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladChristian Overton3:004/490
ballad
Grade 4
$70.00

Epitaph is a reflective modern composition dedicated to a remarkable young musician who sadly left us too soon. The simple expressive melody is contrasted with a dense pan-diatonic harmonic pallet. While the technical demands are not extreme, this piece offers many challenges in terms of blend and rhythmic complexity. In addition to a strong tenor saxophone soloist with good harmonic knowledge, the rhythm section must be confident and sensitive to the soloist throughout.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBallad WaltzAndy Ballantyne6:003/490
ballad
Grade 2
$50.00

“Was Once Was” is a nostalgic rock ballad featuring the alto saxophone. The melody is memorable and moves from feeling a sense of longing to more of a positive feel in the bridge. It also features juicy parts for the saxophone and trumpet sections as well as on opportunity to show off dynamically for the whole band. Improvising is almost exclusively 2 scales. This tune will be a welcome ballad addition to your festival repertoire.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladChristian Overton4:004/470
ballad
Grade 4
$70.00

"State of Mind" depicts the pause being taken at the fork in the road, as one faces a tough life-changing decision, and does not use the guitar, bass, or drums. It is meant to be pretty and hopeful, and even the fastest lines should be fluid in execution.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladChelsea McBride2:304/4 80
ballad
Grade 4
$70.00

"State of Mind (reprise)" is the counterpart to "State of Mind" and also does not use guitar, bass or drums. The life-changing decision has now been made, and this is the point where one moves on with their life - hence the uplifting resolution at the end of the piece.

BandGenreComposerDurationMeterTempo
Jazz BandBalladChelsea McBride2:004/4 80

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