Nighthawk The Pianoless Jazz Band
A Faculty Ensemble In Residence At Washington State University
Compositions Arrangements By Greg Yasinitsky
For 2 Saxophones, Drums, Bass (Piano optional)
Available for Windows & Mac Desktop & Laptops Only
ABOUT THE TUNE
Nighthawk (composed arranged by Greg Yasinitsky)
Nighthawk, scored for two tenor saxophones, bass and drums, was the first tune composed especially for our group. It alternates between a funky hip hop groove (funk shuffle) and a swinging bridge with bebop changes. This one is a lot of fun!
Plus Free Nighthawk play-along mp3 music file (256 bitrate for high quality sound). Adjusting your left-right stereo balance control either way allows play-along of either saxophone part.
All individual instrumental sheet music parts come in one complete multi-page PDF file, which includes a full score, saxophone parts, bass part, drum part, and optional piano leadsheet. Whether you use just the sheet music for your band, the play-along feature for personal enjoyment, teaching a student, or even use the play-along capability on a live gig as a solo performer, you'll be playing your saxophone backed by Nighthawk. It all works, enjoy!
NIGHTHAWK TUNE SOUND SAMPLE
Click> Nighthawk Tune Sound Sample (plays in Apple Quicktime or Windows Media Player).
Members Of Nighthawk Band
Greg Yasinitsky, tenor & baritone saxophones
Dave Hagelganz, tenor saxophone
Frederick "Dave" Snider, bass
David Jarvis, drums
HISTORY OF THE PIANOLESS JAZZ GROUP
Most jazz groups have rhythm sections (drums, bass and piano), but it doesn't have to be that way. Any combination of instruments can make a wonderful jazz group. Lot's of groups perform with drums and the Benny Goodman Quartet, one of the most influential ensembles in jazz, didn't have a bass player.Over the years there have been a number of great "pianoless" groups including ensembles led by saxophonists Gerry Mulligan (with trumpeter Chet Baker), Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson and many others.
For the last few years I have had the great pleasure of playing with the pianoless quartet Nighthawk, a faculty ensemble in residence at Washington State University. In these tunes and arrangements I will be presenting to you a continuous series. You'll be able to have your own pianoless band. And for good measure I included a complete score for those of you wishing to add a piano.