Joseph Hasper
Joseph Hasper

Sheet Music

What is Jazz?

ComposerJoseph Hasper
PublisherJoseph Hasper
Genre Jazz / Swing
Instrumentation Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Electric guitar, Bass guitar, Narrator, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Drum set
Scored forBig band
Type of scoreFull score, Parts
Duration 6'30"
Difficulty Advanced
Year of composition 2019
A dramatic reading for jazz ensemble and narrators based on sayings attributed to Yogi Berra. Scored for jazz ensemble 5-4-4 g/p/b/d with two speaking parts ("The Interviewer" and "Yogi Berra").

In this theatrical piece of music an interviewer intends to have a serious talk about jazz with "noted jazz historian" Yogi Berra. Yogi doesn't mean to be funny but merely expresses himself with jumbled, illogical logic. The dialogue is broken in three scenes, each of which is framed with a musical interlude. The band and/or rhythm section plays several musical cues behind the narration in the style of the house band for a late-night talk show.

This piece was first performed by the Grove City College Jazz Ensemble with Dr. Joshua Drake ("The Interviewer") and Dr. Andrew Mitchell ("Yogi Berra") on May 3, 2019. Watch their performance on YouTube:

Upload date 20 May 2019

Sheet music file 35.00 USD
2.30 Mb
(90 p.)


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