Category Archives: Jazz

Jazz Education Network

Jazz Things Up: Pender’s at the JEN Jazz Conference

This year we’ll be at the 9th Annual JEN Jazz Conference! Join us January 3-6 in Dallas, Texas to peruse and purchase jazz charts, books, recordings and other materials. Have a special request? If there’s a piece you’d like to see in-person, feel free to call us in advance at (800) 772-5918 and we’ll bring it to the conference just for you!

Teachers and directors: remember your purchase orders if you have them — if you don’t have one at this time, don’t worry! Pender’s will still work to get you the music you need and can send you a bill to pay when you have your PO ready. Our aim is always to provide you with the best possible service and ensure you have everything you need!

Mississippi Contest Music

Mississippi Bandmasters Clinic

Pender’s Music Company will be exhibiting at the 78th Annual Mississippi State Band Clinic. Visit our booth to find music from the Mississippi Sight-Reading Contest list for band, as well as sheet music for instrumental solos and ensembles, jazz band, pop band, warm-ups, gifts, and more.

Plan ahead for the competition season! Our website will guide you to the appropriate music selections for your band. Click here to begin: Mississippi Concert & Sight-reading Contest

Looking for something specific? Let us know before the clinic and we’ll bring it for you! Give us a call at (800) 772-5918 or email Our knowledgeable staff are well-versed in the performance requirements for state contests and can guide you in selecting the right composition. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for, we’d be delighted to help you find exactly what you need.

Come See Us at the Mississippi State Band Clinic
Natchez Convention Center
211 Main St. • Natchez, MS

Exhibit Times
Thursday, December 10, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, December 11, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Good News for Jazz Lovers!

Over the last few months, Pender’s has added over three hundred brand new sheet music titles, books, CDs, and DVDs to our jazz selection!.

Jazz DeckIf you’re looking to improve your jazz skills, give The Jazz Deck a shot. It’s a hands-on approach to improvisational music and suitable for players of all levels. The deck includes a multi-dimensional presentation of basic notes and musical tidbits to help jazz students learn faster than ever. Start sharpening your abilities!

Jazz Icons on SaleAs if all these new materials weren’t enough, now all of our Jazz Icons DVD sets are on sale. Each high-quality, remastered collection features rare footage of the original masters of early jazz as they play the television studios and concert halls of the past. Every collection comes with a booklet full of photos, notes, and memorabilia from the artist’s family or estate. Uncover these treasures for 30% off while supplies last.

Ultimate Christmas Fake BookIf you haven’t already, head over to Pender’s festive Christmas Spirit collection to find our new and best-selling Christmas sheet music favorites. We’ve lined up some great holiday sheet music titles to help you get in the spirit, like the comprehensive Ultimate Christmas Fakebook, your seasonal companion featuring over 270 traditional and contemporary holiday hits.

Don’t forget you can preview audio of most holiday titles in our Christmas Spirit collection, and be sure to look through the assortment of accompaniment material available, too!

Lab 2015It’s One O’Clock Somewhere
Remember Pender’s also has the perfect gift for every jazz enthusiast on your list. Lab 2015 is the first One O’Clock Lab Band recording under the direction of Jay Saunders, featuring compositions by Drew Zaremba, Aaron Hedenstrom, Rich DeRosa, Garrett Wingfield, Kevin Swaim, and Brad Kang arrangements by Drew Zaremba. Scoop up this excellent album at Pender’s while it’s still in stock!

Happy Birthday to the “Sophisticated Giant”

At 6’6″ in height, tenor sax player Dexter Gordon cast a long shadow, both physically and figuratively.

The Los Angeles native was born on this date in 1923 and grew up around the music business.  His father was a physician who counted Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington among his patients. Dexter’s love of jazz music led him to take up the clarinet at the age of 13. At age 15 he took up the alto saxophone, and later the tenor sax, and joined Lionel Hampton’s band in 1940.

Over the course of the next half decade the “Sophisticated Giant”, as he came to be called, played and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong and Herbie Hancock.

His playing style was largely influenced by Lester Young and John Coltrane and he is widely recognized as one of the formative forces behind the bebop musical language.

In the mid-80’s a whole new audience was introduced to his music and acting talent through his portrayal of a self-destructive expatriate jazz musician in the film “Round Midnight.”  He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the role, and received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance – Soloist for his work on “The Other Side of Round Midnight” which was produced by Herbie Hancock.

Once asked to describe his sound, Gordon responded, “What I’m doing, I prefer to call that jazz, because it is a beautiful word – I love it.”

Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Today in Music History – Jazz Music Breaks the Culture Barrier

It was 69 years ago today, on January 18, 1944, that the  New York City Metropolitan Opera House opened its doors to a whole new audience by hosting its first-ever jazz concert.

Among the jazz legends performing that evening, were   Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Coleman Hawkins and Lionel Hampton.

We were able to locate this rare, original recording from the event,  featuring “Sachmo” and trumpet player Roy Eldridge playing “Mop Mop.”  We hope you enjoy it.  If so, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

Search our online catalog for jazz sheet music.


Lab 2011: [UNT] One O’Clock Jazz Band

Lab 2011 , the CD from the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band is now available!

For those unfamiliar with the One O’Clock Lab Band,  they’re the top-level jazz band from the University of North Texas (UNT)  Division of Jazz Studies. The University of North Texas College of Music is one of the largest music schools in the country, and their rich legacy on jazz and jazz studies is world-renowned.   The One O’Clock Lab Band has received six Grammy nominations over the years, including their recent nomination in 2010 for their CD Lab 2009.


Pender’s Music Co. just got in several copies and this is a very smokin’ CD! Be the first on your block to own it!

via Penders Music Co.

Pender’s as the Arkansas Traveler

It’s always nice to have the opportunity to display at band and orchestra meetings and conventions. There’s nothing better than face-to-face time with our customers. And it’s especially nice if it’s combined with the appearance of noted clinicians, conductors or speakers.

Take the Arkansas Bandmasters Summer Meeting, for example. Anthony Maiello (from George Mason University) will be there. On Thursday (July 28 @ 9am) he’ll present the opening Keynote Address on “Never Give Up on a Student.” Following that, he’ll be conducting a Reading Band Session on music for Grades 1 to 3 (9:30am-10:20am), as well as presenting a session around his new book, Conducting Nuances: Little Things Mean a Lot (10:30am-11:20am).

Since the exhibits don’t open until 1pm on Thursday, we’ve scheduled Dr. Maiello to be in our booth from 2:00 to 2:30pm for book signings, questions, etc.

Denis DiBlasio will be at the convention, too, and he’s going to be in the Pender’s booth just after Dr. Maiello. DiBlasio has a new set of jazz ensemble charts, published by Northeastern Music. He’s also got a new improvisation book: Pathways to Improvisation: A Resource for Learning and Teaching Jazz Improvisation. Visit with Denis in our booth from 3-3:30pm on Thursday.

Later that evening, DiBlasio’s going to be an integral part of the Arkansas Jazz Educators Clinic & Concert, scheduled for 9pm.  Go to the ASBOA website for more information regarding Dr. Maiello and/or Denis DiBlasio at the Arkansas Bandmasters Summer Meeting.

See you at the convention!

Arkansas Bandmasters Summer Convention

DoubleTree Hotel & Little Rock Convention Center

Little Rock, AR

July 27-30, 2011

(Exhibits on Thursday & Friday only)

One O’Clock Lab Band @ TMEA

Hopefully all of you jazzers out there @ the TMEA Convention made it to the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band concert that was held last night at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. If not, however, all is not lost. Pender’s is one of the primary distributors of UNT’s Lab Band recordings.

UNT’s premier jazz ensemble, the One O’Clock Lab band, was nominated for a Grammy (Best Large Jazz Ensemble) in 2009 for their CD, Lab 2009; their conductor, Steve Wiest, was also nominated that year for his composition, Ice-Nine (Best Instrumental Composition), which is recorded on the same CD.

The UNT College of Music, their Jazz Studies Program (the first of its kind in the nation), and the Lab Band traditions have a great history in North Texas, as well as across the country. If you missed the performance at TMEA, maybe you can catch one later in the spring.

Big Phat Play Along

Remember the days of vinyl? As in LPs, records? Back in the day, Play Alongs (accompaniment tracks) were precious few, and only available in LP or cassette format. The innovators on this method of learning and enjoyment for musicians were Jamey Aebersold and Music Minus One (or remember this one? Drum Drops).

Fast forward to the present, and Play Alongs are available in multiple formats — CD, digital, online and beyond. And they’re available for more instruments, and even more genres (karaoke, anyone?), than ever before. Play Along collections offer many benefits:

The recordings provide professional accompaniments, many of them from live studio musicians — you get to play along with the best!

Rehearse and play at your own pace, in the comfort of your home; as often or as little as you like.

Many Play Alongs include full version tracks, which include the melody/your part. Hear how the pros sound, and try to emulate it!

Check out the NEW Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band Classics collection!