Manhattan Spiritual


Manhattan Spiritual is a wonderfully uplifting swing chart, as its name might suggest. Originally scored in the late 50's by Reg Owen for the Ted Heath band, this chart was also a feature for Owen's own outfit, and that of Jack Parnell too. The arrangement starts and ends with a chorale-style fanfare, and swings like crazy in between. Plenty of hand claps from all sections of the band add to the rousing nature. We have scored this chart for a regular Big Band and a Timpanist, though the Timp notes are cued onto the Piano and Drum parts and the chart works equally well without the kettles. The last few bars are a bit of a scream for the Trumpets (with lead up to high F and second to high D) but the section can be taken down the octave if needs be. Both Altos double Clarinets

Part Number
Arranged by
Reg Owen
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Ted Heath
3 minutes
Trumpets 1-4
F6, Db6, Bb5, F5
Trombones 1-4
Cb4, Bb4, Ab4, C4

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