repertoire

Our current program can be found here.

The complete repertoire of the Polyband consists of about 100 pieces, with new ones coming in every term, but also old ones being freshened up. We usually play a selection of approximately 30 pieces per semester.

Here's a list of what we've been playing lately:

Current Playlist


  1. A Handful O' Soul (instr.)
    by Dusko Goykovich
    Written by Dusko Goykovich, a Serbian jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
  2. Ain't No Sunshine (instr.)
    by Bill Withers
    This song became a breakthrough hit for Bill Withers.
  3. Back to Black (voc.)
    by Amy Winehouse
    "Back to Black" was inspired by Amy Winehouse's relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil, who had left her for an ex-girlfriend.
  4. Birdland (instr.)
    by Josef Zawinul
    This track, a big band standard, is a homage to New York's Jazz Club Birdland as well as the jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker.
  5. Charade (instr.)
    by Henry Mancini
    "Charade" is a sad, lonely parisian waltz composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer performed in the 1963 film of the same name starring by Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.
  6. Critic's Choice (instr.)
    by Oliver Nelson
    A Buddy Rich band classic.
  7. Disorderly Conduct (instr.)
    by Larry Barton
  8. Fire & Brimstone (instr.)
    by Ralph Gingery
    Fire and Brimstone are illustrated by trumpet and saxophone solos.
  9. Flight of the Foo Bird (instr.)
    by Neal Hefti
    A Neal Hefti / Count Basie classic.
  10. Great Balls of Fire (voc.)
    by Otis Blackwell & Jack Hammer
    Published in 1957, this rock & roll song still rocks on.
  11. Hay Burner (instr.)
    by Sammy Nestico
    From the Basie Straight Ahead album of 1968 featuring the legendary Count Basie, Harold Jones, Grover Mitchell, Marshall Royal, and Freddie Green.
  12. It Had Better Be Tonight (voc.)
    Music by Henry Mancini, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer and Franco Migliacci
    Henry Mancini composed this tune for the movie "The Pink Panther" in 1963.
  13. Jungle Boogie (instr.)
    by Kool & the Gang
    Jungle Boogie ist a funk track, which was recorded by Kool & the Gang in 1973.
  14. Knock on Wood (voc.)
    by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper
    This hit, originally performed by Eddie Floyd, was often covered, but never lost its original charm.
  15. Legacy (instr.)
    by George Shutack
    A thoughtful saxophone masterpiece inspiring listeners.
  16. Little Big Gumbo (instr.)
    by Victor López
    Dedicated to and commissioned by Caleb Chapman's Little Big Band for the 2011 JEN Conference in New Orleans, LA.
  17. Locked Out Of Heaven (voc.)
    by Bruno Mars
    The song's lyrics are about the rapturous feelings brought about by a relationship infused with positive emotion as well as euphoria.
  18. Mercy Mercy Mercy (voc.)
    by Josef Zawinul
    Even though this song was originally written for the singer Esther Marrow, it did not become famous until Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's quintet covered it.
  19. Perfidia (instr.)
    by Alberto Dominguez
    A song about love and betrayal by the Mexican Alberto Dominguez.
  20. Povo (instr.)
    by Freddie Hubbard
    Groovy and laid back - it's possible for trumpets!
  21. Sir Duke (instr.)
    by Stevie Wonder
    "Sir Duke" is about Duke Ellington, a jazz musician who influenced Stevie Wonder. Duke Ellington died in 1974 - this tune is an hommage of Stevie Wonder to his friend.
  22. Summertime (instr.)
    by George Gershwin, Du Bose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin
    Summertime is the most known aria from the opera Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin and Du Bose Heyward from 1935.
  23. True North (instr.)
    by Mike Dana