Jumpin' at the Woodside

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Count Basie

Count Basie (arr. Robert Lowden)

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General Info

Year: 1938 / 1974
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Big Band
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

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Instrumentation (probably incomplete)

Full Score
D-flat Piccolo/Flute
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II
Trombone I-II

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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Jumpin' at the Woodside is a song first recorded in 1938 by the Count Basie Orchestra, and considered one of the band's signature tunes. When first released it reached number 11 on the Billboard charts and remained on there for four weeks. Since then it has become a frequently recorded jazz standard.

While many liner notes credit the tune only to Basie, historians and others also credit band member Eddie Durham. Like many Basie numbers of that era, it was a "head arrangement" collaboratively created by the band. The tune was based on earlier songs such as Jammin' for the Jackpot and John's Idea.

The word "jumpin" in the title is a triple entendre -- it means lively as in "the joint is jumping", a synonym for dancing or a synonym for sex.

The location in the title refers to the Woodside Hotel, which was located on Seventh Avenue at 142nd Street in Harlem. It was operated by Love B. Woods, an African American who operated a number of "dingy flophouses", some of which had "unsavory reputation[s]". But the Woodside distinguished itself by becoming a popular place for jazz musicians and Negro league baseball teams to stay while in New York during segregation. The band stayed at the Woodside repeatedly and even rehearsed in the basement of the hotel.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Gary Willems, conductor) – 12 June 2018
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Charlie Buck III, conductor) – 7 May 2017
  • Crossroads Community Band (Victoria, Tex.) – 11 November 2016

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