Southern Minnesota's Real Big Band
Keeping the tradition of big band jazz music alive and well in southern Minnesota!

Play List

Jazz Band

Each fall, we select 8-10 tunes that will be our "play list" for the upcoming performance season. We strive to choose charts that strike a balance between representing big band jazz music as an American art form, while still being accessible and engaging to the disparate audiences for which we perform.


In addition to the seasonal play list that we typically perform at concerts, we often augment our social event performances with dance charts, representing some of the classic swing-era favorites. These include classics such as In the Mood, Sing Sing Sing, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Take the A-Train, and many more.


Below is the play list for our current concert performance season, followed by a list of all the concert charts that the Real Big Band has played since its inception in 1998.

2019-2020 Play List


Arnge Drank
Backrow Politics
Bill Bailey
Blackbird
Blues in Hoss Flat
I’m Gonna Live
Natural Woman
Pegasus
Quiet Nights
Skyfall
Torque

RBB All-Time Chart List


A Child is Born by Thad Jones

A Little Minor Booze by Willie Maiden

Absoludicrous by Goodwin
All the Things You Are by Hammerstein & Kern arr. Roger Holmes, arr. by Mike Tomaro

Always and Forever arr. Robert Curnow

Arnge Drank

Backwoods Sideman by John LaBarbara

Backrow Politics

Basically Blues

Bernie's Tune arr. Kirk Garrison

Best is Yet to Come, The
Big Swing Face
by Bill Potts

Bill Bailey
Blackbird
Blue Rondo ala Turk
arr. by Custer

Blues in Hoss Flat
Brazil
by Art Barroso, arr. McNeil & Garling

Blue Birdland by Jimmy Gieffre, arr. Peter Blair

Blue Rondo ala Turk

Bluesin' Gold by Bill Zaccagni

Blues in the Fast Lane by Don Schamber

Buckethead Shuffle by Tony Guerrero arr. George Stone

Caravan arr. John Wasson

Cat Race by Toshio Mashima

Centerpiece arr. Frank Mantooth

Chronometry by Fred Sturm

Coconut Champagne by Denis DiBlasio, arr. Bob Lowden

Count Bubba by Gordon Goodwin

Cruisin' for a Bluesin' by Denis DiBlasio arr. Peter Blair

Dangerous Curves by Jeff Golub, arr. Matt Harris

Days of Wine and Roses arr. Rick Stitzel, arr. Steve Wright

Eleanor Rigby

Fanfare for the Common Man arr. Anderson

Fascinating Rhythm arr, by Kirk Garrison

Feeling Good
Fly Me to the Moon
arr. Tom Kubis

Funky Cha Cha by Arturo Sandoval, arr. Eddy & Sandoval

Game is Over, The by Jukka Linkola

Get in Line by Gordon Goodwin

Georgia on my Mind by Hoagy Carmichael, arr. Russ Peterson

Granada Smoothie by Mark Taylor

Groovin' Hard by Don Menza

Groovin' High arr. Mark Taylor

Hayburner by Sammy Nestico

Here's That Rainy Day arr. Dee Barton

Hunting Wabbits by Gordon Goodwin

I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart

I Remember Clifford by Benny Golson, arr. Sammy Nestico

I've Got a Crush On You by George Gershwin, arr. Dave Barduhn

I’m Gonna Live
In a Mellow Tone
by Duke Ellington, arr. Oliver Nelson

In a Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington, arr. Mike Tomaro

In the Hall of Monty King by Steve Wright

Inside the Lines by Kirk Garrison

Intermission by Michael Nelson

Introduction to an Ending by Holman

Jazz Police, The by Gordon Goodwin

Kansas City by Leiber & Stoller, arr. Mark Taylor

Kristi's Waltz by Dean Sorenson

La Almeja Pequena (The Little Clam) by Gordon Goodwin

Lambeau Leap

Love for Sale by Cole Porter, arr. Pete Myers

Lullaby of Broadway arr. Dave Wolpe

MacArthur Park by Jimmy Webb, arr. by Dee Barton for Stan Kenton

Machine by Bill Reddie for Buddy Rich

Magic Flea by Sammy Nestico

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by Josef Zawinul, arr. Phil Wilson

Milton's Blues by Kim Park, arr. Roy Phillippe

Moanin' by Charles Mingus, arr. Sy Johnson

My Dog He Don't Like Tuna by Allen Carter

Natural Woman
Northshore Morning
by Matt Harris

Norwegian Wood by Lennon & McCartney, arr. Bill Holman

Nutville by Horace Silver, arr. Hopkins

Oliver by Jeff Tyzik

Pegasus
Poor Butterfly
arr. for Doc Severinson by Bainbridge

Queen Bee, The by Sammy Nestico

Quiet Nights
Ran Kan Kan

Rhythm of Our World
Right On
by Frank Foster

Rotten Kid, The by Buddy Greco

Send in the Clowns by Stephen Sondheim

Shell Game by Frank Wess

Sing a Song of Song by Garrett, arr. Shanley

Sing, Sing, Sing by Louis Prima, arr. Mike Lewis

Skyfall
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
arr. Dean Sorenson

South 21st Shuffle by Steve Wiest, arr. Bob Lowden

Spain by Chick Corea, arr. by Paul Jennings

Spin Cycle

Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most arr. Frank Mantooth

Stardust by Carmichael & Parrish arr. Holman

Stolen Moments by Oliver Nelson, arr. Paul Jennings

Struttin' With Some Barbeque arr. Alan Baylock

Take the A Train arr. Jeff Tyzik, arr. by Don Sebesky

That’s Life by Kelly Gordon, arr. by Gordon Goodwin

The Beat Goes On by Sonny Bono, arr. by Alan Baylock

Tears in Her Eyes by Mike Tomaro

Theme from Seseme Street by Roposo, arr. Denis DiBlasio

There's the Rub by Gordon Goodwin

Things Ain't What They Used to Be by Mercer Ellington arr. Dave Lalama, arr. by Mark Taylor

Told Ya So

Torque
Tribute to Art Fern, A
by McConnell

Trombone Institute of Technology
Two Seconds to Midnight
by Alan Baylock

Uchebing Wow-Wow by Michael Phillp Mossman

Us by Thad Jones

Vortex (Endless Winter) by Patty Darling
Well You Needn't
by Thelonius Monk, arr. Ian McDougall

What is Hip? arr. Mike Tomaro

Where’s Teddy by Willie Maiden for Maynard Ferguson, edited by Bob Curnow

Winning the West

Witchita Lineman by Jimmy Webb, arr. Frank Mantooth

(Won’t You Come Home) Bill Bailey arr. by Dave Barduhn for Stan Kenton

Work Song by Nat Adderly, arr. Geoff Keezer

Ya Gotta Try... Harder by Sammy Nestico

You Snooze, You Lose by Victor Lopez

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