A fun jazzy arrangement of a holiday classic. This arrangement was originally written for cello ensemble and vocalist, but the vocal part can be played by any upper-register instrument as a substitute. The recording below features trumpet in place of the vocal part, playing in the written octave. Other potential substitutions could include clarinet, saxophone, violin, or even a cello soloist.
While this arrangement isn’t particularly difficult at a glance, note that the rhythms will be challenging in context. It’s crucial that the group is able to “feel” the swing rhythms in order to pull this one off – listen to the recording if anyone struggles initially. Written slurs and articulations will help the swing feel. The pizzicato parts should be played strongly, making the cello sound like an acoustic jazz bass.