Sonny Boy ♫ jazz quintet arranged by Rich Willey


Did you know Al Jolson’s black face performances were a protest against banning blacks from performing on stage? He fought against discrimination on Broadway and introduced African-American music to white audiences.

Al Jolson’s 1928 recording of Sonny Boy  was a million seller hit that stayed at #1 on the charts for 12 weeks.

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Sonny Boy  ♫ jazz quintet arranged by Rich Willey, written by Ray Henderson, Bud De Sylva, and Lew Brown.

This is an adaptation for two horns of a three-horn arrangement by Johnny Mandel from the 1956 Art Pepper & Chet Baker album The Route. This appears on the Rich Willey Quintet Gone With The Piggies  CD.

Arrangement comes with parts 1 and 2 for: B♭ (trumpet or tenor sax), E♭ (alto sax), and bass clef (trombone), as well as a written bass line and rhythm chart. Parts come in a PDF that you’ll be able to download immediately upon submission of your order.

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Difficulty level medium to advanced. Medium-brisk swing tempo, 87-measures total score length.

Sound clip (♫) from the Rich Willey Quintet Gone With The Piggies  CD:

Rich Willey on trumpet, Kenny Shanker on alto sax, Ayako Shirasaki on piano, Scott Fragala on bass, Tim Collins on drums.