My Melancholy Baby by George A. Norton & Ernie Burnett ♫🎺 arranged for Jazz Septet by Rich Willey.
For a 100 year old tune, there is still plenty meat on the bones in terms of harmonic material here to keep coming back to it. Here is an opportunity to have fun with it and try out different ways of playing this flexible arrangement and discover what a truly great tune this really is.
The trumpet player has the option of singing or playing the melody.
This chart gives you the infrequently-played verse, one arrangement of the refrain before the blowing changes followed by a different arrangement of the melody for the out-chorus. The arrangement ends with a tasteful little Count Basie “plink, plink, plink” before the final chord.
Oh, and just for fun, the vocal part included with this is the original 1912 sheet music. Pretty cool, eh?
80 written measures, relaxed tempo of ♩ = 112, and a difficulty level of intermediate to advanced (some of the parts will challenge your players, but the chord changes are at an intermediate level) make this chart a winner every time.
This particular arrangement has parts for Trumpet 1, Alto Sax 2, Tenor Sax 3, Trombone 4, Piano/Guitar/Drums/Bass (Rhythm) parts that come in a PDF you’ll be able to download immediately upon submission of your order.
Here is Rich in his digital studio playing all the parts: