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These early Jazz and Blues charts demonstrate the transition from the earlier Hotel Orchestra arrangements to the Stock Band charts published in the 30's, 40's, and 50's.

Many of these charts contain the full orchestra string section while others have only the 1st Violin part.  Regardless of their instrumentation they contain that distinctive charming sound of jazz unique to the time of the early 1900's through the 1920's.


At The Jazz Band Ball (D. J. La Rocca & Larry Shields) - - Arranged by Leroy Walker – 1918 - Extra parts designated by asterisks arr. by Clyde Grabski – 2004 - Piccolo (or Flute), 1st Bb Clarinet, Bb Bass Clarinet *, Eb Alto Sax, 2nd Eb Alto Sax *, Bb Tenor Sax, Eb Baritone Sax *, F Horn *, Cornets in Bb, 1st Trombone, 2nd Trombone *, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano - Recorded by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band - (*indicates recent Diamond Forest additional parts.)


Aunt Hagar's Blues (W. C. Handy) - Arr. by W. C. Polla – 1921 - Flute, 1st Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, 1st Bb Trumpet, 2nd Bb Trumpet, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano.

Ballin’ The Jack (Chris Smith) - Intro: “What It Takes To Make Me Love You, You've Got It” by James Reese Europe - Arranged by William Schultz –1914 - Piccolo or Flute, 1st Bb Clarinet, 1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano (from different edition, close match) - Ballin' The Jack was used in the Broadway revue "The Passing Show of 1915".


Beale Street Blues (W. C. Handy) - Arranged by W. C. Handy – 1917 – Flute, Bb Clarinet, 1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano

Bluin’ The Blues (H. W. Ragas) - Arranged by Leroy Walker – 1918 - Piccolo (or Flute), 1st Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, Cornets in Bb, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano - Recorded by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Bow Wow Blues (Friend, Osborne) - Arr. Moquin 1921 - Flute, 1st Bb Clarinet, 1st Eb Alto Sax, 2nd Eb Alto Sax, C Melody Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, 1st Bb Trumpet, 2nd Bb Trumpet, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano - Recorded by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Castle Doggie Fox Trot (James Reese Europe) - Arr. J. Louis von der Mehdem, Jr. - 1915 - Viola part created by Clyde Grabski – 2004 - Flute & Piccolo, 1st Bb Clarinet, 1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano - James Reese Europe, who invented the Fox Trot, wrote this music for the popular white dance team of Vernon and Irene Castle.


Clarinet Marmalade (Larry Shields & Henry W. Ragas) - Arranged by Leroy Walker – 1919 - Piccolo (or Flute), 1st Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, 1st & 2nd Bb Cornets, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano - Recorded by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Copenhagen (Davis, Melrose) - 1924 - Flute, Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, 1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, Trombone, 1st Violin, Bass, Banjo, Drums, Piano - Recorded by Bix Beiderbecke, Fletcher Henderson, and the Benson Orch. of Chicago

Crazy Blues (Perry Bradford) - Arranged by Robert W. Ricketts – 1920 - 1st Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, 1st & 2nd Bb Cornets, Trombone, 1st Violin, Bass, Drums, Piano

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Mamie Smith and Her Band

The August 10th, 1920 Mamie Smith recording of “Crazy Blues” was a huge seller, bringing the jazz idiom and the blues to major popularity.

Dangerous Blues (Billy Brown) - Arranged by H. A. Powell – 1921 - 1st Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, 1st & 2nd Bb Cornets, Trombone, 1st Violin, Bass, Drums, Piano, - Another big Mamie Smith recording.

Dixie Highway (Walter Donaldson) - Arr. James C. McCabe - 1922 - 1st Eb Alto Sax, 2nd Eb Alto Sax, 3rd Bb Tenor Sax, 1st Bb Trumpet, 2nd Bb Trumpet, Trombone, Banjo, Piano, Bass, Drums, Violins - Optional Vocal in Ab

Fidgety Feet
(D. J. La Rocca & Larry Shields) - Arranged by Leroy Walker – 1919 - Piccolo (or Flute), 1st Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, F Horns, Cornets in Bb, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano - Recorded by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Home Again Blues (Irving Berlin, Harry Akst) - Arr. Charles N. Grant - 1920 - 1st Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, 1st Bb Trumpet, 2nd Bb Trumpet, Trombone, 1st Violin (or Flute), Bass, Drums, Piano

Jelly Roll Blues (Jelly Roll Morton) - Arranged by F. Henri Klickmann – 1915 - Flute or Piccolo, 1st Clarinet in A, 1st Cornet in A, 2nd Cornet in A, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano

Jelly Roll Blues (Jelly Roll Morton) - Arranged by Mel Stitzel – 1915 - Bb Clarinet, 1st Eb Alto Sax, 2nd Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, 1st Bb Trumpet, 2nd Bb Trumpet, Trombone, Banjo, Bass, Drums, Piano


Jogo Blues, The (W. C. Handy) – 1913 – Flute, Oboe, 1st Clarinet in A, Bassoon, 1st Cornet in A, 2nd Cornet in A, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano

Livery Stable Blues (Ray Lopez & Alcide Nunez) – Flute, 1st Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, 1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano - A pivotal point in music history was reached when the Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded the “Livery Stable Blues” in 1917. With this event the era of ragtime faded and the jazz era was born.

The Memphis Blues /Mr. Crump (W. C. Handy) - Arranged by Harry L. Alford – 1912 – Flute, Oboe, 1st Bb Clarinet, 2nd Bb Clarinet, Bassoon, Horns in F, 1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano

Mr. Jelly-Lord (Fred Jelly Roll Morton) - 1923- 1st Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, Bb Trumpet, Trombone, 1st Violin (or Flute), 2nd Violin (two-part), Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano


Royal Garden Blues (Clarence Williams & S. Williams) - Arranged by Dave Payton – 1919 – Flute, Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, 1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano Optional Vocal in F, Lyrics included. - The “Royal Garden Blues” reached #3 on the recording charts when it was recorded by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in October, 1921.

Satanic Blues (Larry Shields & Emilie Christian) - Arranged by Leroy Walker – 1921 - Piccolo (or Flute), 1st Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, 1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano, - Recorded by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

Saxophone Blues (Al Bernard, Rudy Wiedoeft) - Arranged by William Grant Still - 1919 - Flute, Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Sax, 1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano/with chord symbols.

Sensation (E. W. Edwards) - Arranged by Leroy Walker – 1918 – Extra parts (*) added by Clyde Grabski – 2004 - Piccolo (or Flute), 1st Bb Clarinet, 2nd Bb Clarinet*, Bb Bass Clarinet*, 1st Eb Alto Sax, 2nd Eb Alto Sax*, Bb Tenor Sax, Eb Baritone Sax*, F Horn*, 1st & 2nd Bb Cornets, 1st Trombone, 2nd Trombone*, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Tuba, Drums, Piano - An Original Dixieland Jazz Band piece.


Snakey Blues, The (Will Nash) - Arranged by W. C. Handy – 1917 – Flute, Bb Clarinet, 1st & 2nd Bb Cornets, Trombone, 1st Violin, Bass, Drums, Piano - The word “snakey” probably refers to a twisting, undulating, roll-your-tummy type of suggestive dancing which was done in those early times leading to the roaring twenties.

Spread Yo' Stuff - (Levy, Crane, Bernard) - Played by Sam Lanin's Southern Serenaders Jazz Band in 1921 - Flute, Bb Clarinet, 1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano.

Tiger Rag (The Original Dixieland Jazz Band) - Arranged by Ted Eastwood – 1918 - Extra Parts (*) arranged by Clyde Grabski – 2004 - Flute & Piccolo, 1st Bb Clarinet, 2nd Bb Clarinet*, Bb Bass Clarinet*, Eb Alto Sax, 2nd Eb Alto Sax*, Bb Tenor Sax, Eb Baritone Sax*, F Horn*, 1st & 2nd Bb Cornets, Trombone, 2nd Trombone*, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano - This is not a rag. It’s one of the first historic jazz recordings by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1918 and it reached #1 on the charts.


TIGER RAG by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band - Arranged by Will Hudson – 1917 - 1st Sax Eb Alto, 2nd Sax Bb Tenor, 3rd Sax Eb Alto, 1st Bb Trumpet, Trombone, Bass or Guitar (w/chords symbols), Drums, Piano - This is a great arrangement for the Dixieland Combo or Small Band.  There is an open chorus which allows for optional solos.

Wabash Blues by Dave Ringle & Fred Meinken - Arranged by Frank E. Barry – Flute, 1st Bb Clarinet, 1st Eb Alto Sax, Bb Tenor Sax, 1st Bb Cornet, 2nd Bb Cornet, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano - Isham Jones’ recording in 1921 of Wabash Blues reached #1 on the charts!

Yellow Dog Rag, The (W. C. Handy) – 1914 – Flute, Clarinet in A, 1st & 2nd Cornets in A, Trombone, 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drums, Piano - The Yellow Dog Rag was actually a blues and retitled Yellow Dog Blues. The “yellow dog” in the lyrics referred to the Yazoo Delta, a train line that ran northward from the Mississippi Delta.


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