Rich Willey’s arrangement of Blue Skies by Irving Berlin ♫ for vocalist + septet connects with a broad cross-section of listeners. Sung by Al Jolson, this was the first song ever to appear in a talking movie, and audiences have loved it ever since.
In the key of D minor (F major) with a four bar intro into the vocal chorus, this arrangement has solo space before a full ensemble “soli” chorus leading into more solo space before playing the vocal chorus to the ending.
65 written measures, arranged to be played at ♩ = 172, difficulty level intermediate to advanced.
Nice upbeat swing arrangement that has heads nodding, fingers tapping, and gets the dancers out on the dance floor. A real crowd-pleaser.
Septet parts are for trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, piano/guitar, bass and drums in a PDF that you’ll be able to download immediately upon submission of your order.
Here is the melody with lyrics (the vocalist’s part):
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Listen to sound clips from a rehearsal of Blue Skies (this was in the key of G or E minor):