Category:   JAZZ CHOIRS
Composer:   Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer
Arranger:   Matt Falker
Publisher:   Sound Music Publications
Edition:   SMP16-013
Voicing:   SAB
Setting:   Level 2, Med Swing

Reviewer:   

Jennifer Parker
Inver Hills Community College
R&R Chair Jazz Choirs

Matt Falker is a pianist and a vocalist so all of his charts guarantee accessible voice leading and helpful spelled out parts for a rhythm section. Much of this chart is written for 2 voices which allows you to really focus on time, feel and style. This chart could be done without drums if needed or could just have piano if you have a player who can read chord symbols and hold down the bass line. The lyric is accessible for any age level and while this is a lesser known standard, this chart is part of the American Songbook. Since you won’t have to spend much time balancing chords and teaching parts I would use this opportunity to introduce style. Make inflection, articulation and stylistic decisions as an ensemble. Teaching swing feel gets harder as our students listen to it less and less. Charts like this provide the gift of rehearsal time to really learn to swing! Or spend some time exploring jazz timbres and getting used to jazz chord changes.


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