Smooth Talk

Score & Parts, Downloadable

Duration 4:00 $65.00


Solo for tenor 1


Scored for 5, 4, 4 plus rhythm, but also playable by 3 reeds (2 altos, 1 tenor), 2 trumpets and 1 trombone.

The offer contains

  • Downloadable Score & Parts for "Smooth Talk"
  • Downloadable MP3 of the Maria Schneider Orchestra playing the piece
  • Downloadable MP3 of "In a Pinch" with no solos for your students' practice
  • Streamed video of Maria giving advice on preparing this piece for performance


"Smooth Talk" is a catchy medium easy swing piece, originally published by Kendor Music as part of their Konvertible Series. It was originally commissioned by the Penfield, NY, High School Music Commission Project. Now available exclusively here, this chart can be easily converted to smaller bands as it is playable by horn sections as small as: 2 altos, 1 tenor, 2 trumpets, and 1 trombone. There are "written out" bass lines, chords and solos if you have students who are just at the very beginning of learning about jazz. There are no woodwind doubles. 

If your students want to get their feet wet improvising, we've provided an MP3 version of "Smooth Talk" with no solos, as well as one with solos. There is a streamed 'video' of my band playing this as well, along with a streamed video I've provided for any directors looking for a few rehearsal tips.

See full selection of Scores & Parts, categorized by difficulty, doubles, and solos.