Teddy the Toad


Another rare chart from the Hefti days of the Basie band. This is NOT the Hefti stock chart that was issued many years ago. It is the complete Basie version, and a nice Trombone sectional feature. We have written the chart for 2 Tenors and 1 Bass Trombone, with an optional 4th (Tenor) Trombone part. The Basie band only ever recorded this tune three times, once on the Atomic album, once live in 1958 and again live in 1959. The live takes were played quicker! We have drawn from all three to recreate this swing classic. The Piano part has all of the little fills and licks written in, as does the drum part, and the Trombone parts are written as they were played, including the over-emphasised dragged notes and the lovely unison Trombone ending with the band whisper quiet behind, so that your band will be able to recreate the authentic Basie feel. There are no sax doubles, and the lead Trombone hits a high C, hence we have rated the chart as medium.

Part Number
Arranged by
Neal Hefti
Transcribed by
Myles Collins
Count Basie
3 mins 15 secs
Trumpets 1-4
D6, C6, Ab5, G5
Trombones 1-4
C5, Bb4, E4 (Bass Trb), Bb4

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