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Public Domain Big Band Charts

Post by JLivi » Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:27 pm

Does anyone have a link to PDFs of any public domain big band swing charts? I feel like this would be something helpful to have.

I know the Aebersold and Real Book PDFs were floating around, but didn't know if there were any standard big band tunes.

I'm sorry if something like this has already been posted about. Thanks!
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Re: Public Domain Big Band Charts

Post by Kingfan » Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:40 pm

Oops, misunderstood the question.
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Post by AndrewMeronek » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:39 pm

JLivi wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:27 pm
I know the Aebersold and Real Book PDFs were floating around, but didn't know if there were any standard big band tunes.
FYI these are not public domain. The published ones are properly licensed with the copyright holders of the tunes in them.
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Post by BGuttman » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:35 am

The problem is that the border for Public Domain given current copyright laws is 1924. Works published before 1924 are considered Public Domain. Given the Big Band era started long after 1924, things like Stocks are still under copyright.

There are some arrangers who will offer free arrangements; sometimes as a come-on for their regular work. Digidog has one called "The Queen" that has some interesting sections.

There are many popular tunes first published before 1924 and you can certainly arrange one of them for a big band. One that comes to mind is an old Civil War tune called "Aura Lee". Elvis made it quite popular.
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Post by Digidog » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:54 am

At the moment I have three charts for free downloading on my web page. There will be a fourth, when I have recovered from what may, or may not, have been a Corona infection.

Welcome to visit: https://www.danieleng.com/?product_cat=charts-for-free to see if anything might appeal to you.
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Post by BGuttman » Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:47 am

Please take care of yourself, Daniel.

We have had a lot of fun with "The Queen" in my rehearsal Big Band.
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Post by Kingfan » Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:55 pm

Thanks, man! Don't know when my band will be rehearsing again, probably months from now, but am looking forward to trying these.
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Post by Digidog » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:06 pm

BGuttman wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:47 am
Please take care of yourself, Daniel.

We have had a lot of fun with "The Queen" in my rehearsal Big Band.
Thanks Man! I try the best I can to recover, but I'm in the second week of symptoms now, so I expect this to take some time. Take care you too, and see to it that you have the resources for eventually being sick for some time - IF you happen to catch this menacing virus. The other day I felt like I'd be capable of beginning to practise a little bit, but I exhausted myself from just blowing a few long tones and now I feel like I get a return of some symptoms I thought I'd overcome.... I really hope and wish for you to stay fit.

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Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:55 pm
Thanks, man! Don't know when my band will be rehearsing again, probably months from now, but am looking forward to trying these.
I'm sorry to hear that you in the USA also have to shut down all social events. I hope for you staying healthy too, and that we all can get back to playing with others soon - though the experts say otherwise....
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Re: Public Domain Big Band Charts

Post by tctb » Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:29 am

If I had known trombones were this much fun , I would have got one sooner! :cool:
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