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Big Band BalladsBig Band Ballads
George Roberts

"Relive the era of the Big Bands with this album of beautiful ballads arranged for solo trombone and orchestra. You'll thrill to the great George Roberts as he demonstrates these arrangements--then try them yourself and take a trip back to heaven!"

Tunes include: Stardust, What's New?, Skylark, One for My Baby (and One More for the Road), Night and Day, and Yesterdays. Published by Music Minus One.

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Unsung
              HeroUnsung Hero
George Roberts

"George Roberts, trombonist with Nelson Riddle and soloist on most of the famed Sinatra recordings, performs these standards, in a master class for trombonists. Mr. Roberts has performed on film soundtracks in over 4,000 films, and has accompanied such stellar performers as Sammy Davis Jr. and dozens of other headliners in Hollywood and Las Vegas. His career is the subject of legends."

Tunes include: I've Got You Under My Skin, I've Got the World on a String, Fly Me to the Moon, You Make Me Feel So Young, Witchcraft, My Way , Chicago, Embraceable You, and Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week.

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Concerto for Bass Trombone
Eric Ewazen

Concerto For Tuba Or Bass Trombone By Eric Ewazen. For Tuba full orchestra. Level: 5. Published by Southern Music Company. (R52C)

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Concerto for Bass Trombone
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

The Zwilich was premiered by Charles Vernon and the Chicago Symphony. I still have the tape of the premiere performance. Vernon showed me what was possible on the bass trombone with that performance.

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Tuba ConcertoTuba Concerto
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams' Tuba Concerto is one the great works for tubists and bass trombonists. From the well known opening theme to the beautiful Romanza to the virtuosic Finale, the Concerto is a tour-de-force for the soloist. John Fletcher's recording of this piece is available in my classical recommendations.

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Sonata for Bass Trombone
Alec Wilder

From Tom Everett's Annotated Guide to Bass Trombone Literature...

"This five movement piece, written for George Roberts, is as fun to listen to as it is to perform. In a third stream, pseudo-jazz style, this composition calls for much soft tonguing, flares, drops, and vigorous playing. A marvelous show piece for the bass trombone timbre."

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