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 Mountain High (voc.)
    by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson
    This classic was written in 1966 for the Tamla label, a division of Motown.
  3. Ain't No Sunshine (instr.)
    by Bill Withers
    This song became a breakthrough hit for Bill Withers.
  4. Alright, Okay, You Win (voc.)
    by Sid Wyche and Mayme Watts
    A standard never getting old!
  5. Around The Horn (instr.)
    by Carl Strommen
    One of this writer's popular baseball themed charts.
  6. Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (voc.)
    by Jacob Jacobs and Sholom Secunda
    "Bei Mir Bustu Shein" was originally composed in 1932 for a Yiddish musical.
  7. 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.
  8. Critic's Choice (instr.)
    by Oliver Nelson
    A Buddy Rich band classic.
  9. Disorderly Conduct (instr.)
    by Larry Barton
  10. Flight of the Foo Bird (instr.)
    by Neal Hefti
    A Neal Hefti / Count Basie classic.
  11. Groovemeister (instr.)
    by Les Hooper
    A great Opener for every concert.
  12. 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.
  13. Here's To Life (voc.)
    by Artie Butler and Phyllis Molinary
    The poignant lyrics were written by Phyllis Molinary and are known, world-wide, as one of her finest works.
  14. I'm Beginning To See The Light (instr.)
    by Don George, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington and Harry James
    This classic's lyrics uses lots of metaphors for light.
  15. Just A Little Cha Cha (instr.)
    by José Antonio Diaz
    Just a Little Cha Cha is based on Afro-Cuban music, and the arrangement demonstrates the 2-3 clave, the Latin cha cha, and improvisation.
  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. Moanin' (instr.)
    by Charles Mingus
    This jazz standard has everyone go crazy improvising…
  18. Perfidia (instr.)
    by Alberto Dominguez
    A song about love and betrayal by the Mexican Alberto Dominguez.
  19. Phase Dance (instr.)
    by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays
    Phase Dance is a signature song for the Pat Metheny Group.
  20. Polka Dots And Moonbeans (voc.)
    by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen
    Frank Sinatra's first hit recorded with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
  21. Saving All My Love For You (voc.)
    by Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser
    This song, mostly known through Whitney Houston, is about a married man's affair.
  22. September (instr.)
    by Maurice White, Al McKay and Allee Willis
    bekannt durch Earth, Wind and Fire
  23. Stuff Like That There (voc.)
    by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
    The track was recorded by Bette Midler for the motion picture "For the Boys".
  24. 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.
  25. The Way You Make Me Feel (voc.)
    by Michael Jackson
    One of many hits by Michael Jackson.
  26. Valerie (voc.)
    by Sean Payne, Dave McCabe, Abi Harding, Russel Pritchard and Boyan Chowdhury
    known especially due to the version by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson