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Steller's Jay

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Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 8+
Level: Medium | Duration: 2:30
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2015

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Steller's Jay uses the chord progression from Charlie "Bird" Parker's tune "Bird Blues," which is a complex adaptation of the 12-bar blues. The underlying groove is derived from a New Orleans' Second Line feel, incorporating a secondary jazz element, but certainly with a bit of that cool "West Coast" jazz feel.

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 8+
    Level: Medium | Duration: 2:30

    Instrumentation
    Bells
    Xylophone
    Vibraphone
    Marimba 1 (4-octave)*
    Marimba 2 (4.3-octave)*
    Bass Guitar (optional)
    Bongos
    Congas & Cabasa
    Drum Set

    *Marimba 1 & 2 may perform on the same 4.3-octave instrument.

    Program Notes
    The Steller's Jay greatly resembles the Eastern Bluebird, but lives on the West coast in the woodlands and coniferous forests of the Rocky Mountains and Northern Pacific coast states. The chord progression for this Steller's Jay percussion ensemble is based on the "Bird Blues" - a complex adaptation of the 12-bar blues developed by jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker during the bebop era. The underlying groove is derived from a New Orleans Second Line feel, incorporating a secondary jazz element, but certainly with a bit of that cool "West Coast" jazz feel.

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    The EDGE Series is a collection of percussion ensembles featuring many popular musical styles – from funk to calypso to techno. It was developed to excite a wider range of ensembles, directors, and audiences while retaining the level of integrity you have grown to expect from C. Alan Publications.

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