Ken Kraintz

Considered one of the first published composers/arrangers of vocal jazz, Ken has taught all levels from grade school through university. His jazz choir from Cascade High School (Everett, WA) performed at the IAJE International Conference in 1974, becoming the first high school jazz choir invited to perform for this prestigious organization. Guest conductor for honor […]

Down At Smoky Joe’s

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This chart by Ken Kraintz is a 1930’s retro-jazz creation, in the style of the early swing groups. A drum solo with brushes and bass solo add to the stylistic interest along with an open section for improvisation. Also available for SAB (see KRA-S3-2300-SAB) and SSA (see KRA-S3-2300-SSA).

Bass and piano parts are included. Difficulty level 3.

Like What You Got

This boogie-woogie arrangement by Ken Kraintz is way too much fun with a message that is down to earth and filled with what each of us knows is important in our lives, the importance of appreciating what we have. Your pianist will sound great with this well written boogie style accompaniment. A potential encore piece, the opportunity for scatting with backing allows for creative styling.

Piano and bass parts included. Difficulty level 3.

Blues For Elise

A fresh approach to one of Beethoven’s most beloved pieces, Für Elise. This swing chart arranged by Ken Kraintz features a solo section along with a madrigal ensemble chorus that will really challenge your group.

Piano and bass parts included. Difficulty level 4.

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby

This classic jazz piece arranged by Ken Kraintz from the 1940s is done in an authentic style to capture the feel of the beginning of the big-band jazz age. The fun lyrics denote the hip-slang of that era. Room for improvisation in the middle of the chart and great fun for your rhythm players. Voice leading is smooth and vocal ranges are very moderate.

Piano, bass and guitar parts included. Difficulty level 3.

Never Give Up

This fast, up-tempo swing chart is one of our SMP Hall of Fame charts. Premiered by the Seattle Jazz Singers, this chart arranged by Ken KraintzKen Kraintz has been selected for a number of all state jazz choirs. The chart features an open scat solo section and room for creative drum fills. This is one of those charts that is fun, exciting, a joy to perform and a great audience pleaser.

Difficulty level 3.

ChartPak includes all vocal and rhythm section scores, and individual part tracks are available as well.