(Level IV) The tune is a medium calypso, written when "305" was Jim's address in Brooklyn. Lots of Caribbean folks made their home in the area, and it rubbed off. This arrangement was commissioned by the C.O.T.A. Cats Big Band, with Phil Woods as special soloist. There is a solo alto sax part in addition to the standard AATTB sax section. The solo part, however, simply doubles the melody, and isn't necessary for the chart to work. There is a section for alto solo, and a section which may be given to just about any other soloist in the band. 8 Brass
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JIM McNEELY, known for a number of years as jazz pianist with jazz greats such as Stan Getz, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Phil Woods, Joe Henderson, David Liebman, and his own trio, the last few years have seen McNeely emerge as one of the preeminent jazz composer/arrangers on the scene today. Most recently, he rejoined the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (formerly Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra) as pianist and composer-in-residence. He is one of the primary arrangers for the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and his work with the European bands such as the West German Radio Big Band (Cologne), the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, U.M.O. (Helsinki), and the Danish Radio Big Band (Copenhagen) have helped him win international acclaim. Jim is also the Associate Musical Director of the BMI Composers' Workshop. He is resident artist in jazz studies at New York University.