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Slidin' Down the Mississippi

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Clifton Taylor

Medley arranged by Clifton Taylor

Subtitle: A Musical Excursion for Jazz Trombone and Concert Band

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 8:20
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Grand Mesa Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Solo Trombone
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String or Electric Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Pedal Bass Drum (optional)
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal, small
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Slidin' Down the Mississippi is a musical excursion for jazz trombone and concert band. The piece features songs associated with cities along the Mississippi River and includes W C Handy's St. Louis Blues (1914) and Memphis Blues (1912) and Way Down Yonder in New Orleans by Henry Creamer and Jay Turner Layton (1922). The arrangement contains many open sections for the soloist to improvise, as well as notated solos.

- Program Note from Mississippi State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 4 March 2020

Three early twentieth-century tunes provide the geographical and musical framework for this fun musical romp: St. Louis Blues and Memphis Blues by W C Handy, and Way Down Yonder in New Orleans by Henry Creamer and Jay Layton. Take your band on a musical riverboat cruise down the muddy Mississippi, and don't forget to bring along the best trombone player you can find.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Perusal score
  • Taylor, C.; Handy, W.; Creamer, H.; Layton, J. (2013). Slidin' Down the Mississippi : A Musical Excursion for Jazz Trombone and Concert Band [score]. Grand Mesa Music Publishers: Grand Junction, Colo.