Tickle My Fancy



Publisher: Darmon Meader
Year of publication: 2022
Voicing: Big Band (5/4/4)
Duration: 5:00 (depending on how many solos)
Level: IV

This is a big band instrumental original of mine, inspired by the Basie classic “Tickle Toe,” with a hint of Corea’s “Got a Match” in there as well… This uptempo tempo swing tune is a reasonably challenging, high energy ride, and would make a good opener or closer. Lead trumpet tops out at concert C5. The sax section gets a good workout, with a few soli moments. The chord progression uses a LOT of 1/2 step 2-5-1 motion, so this song is a great teaching tool for your improvisers. The preview link below sends you to a 2017 live performance with the Montclair State University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jeff Kunkel.

Preview Score: CLICK HERE

Preview Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jc3AVOguuM