Vocalist + Septet
★ The instrumentation for Vocalist + Septet charts is Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trombone, Piano/Guitar, Bass, Drums and Male Vocalist. These were arranged for a specific vocalist in a comfortable baritone/tenor vocalist key. Each arrangement has a horn backing for the melody at the beginning and the end plus an ensemble soli section in the middle to break up the soloist sections. All of these arrangements have been played and edited and are road-tested and gig-proven. Some of these had alternate parts written for different ensembles, but all are playable by the basic septet listed above.
★ All arrangements from Boptism Music come as a PDF file that you’ll be able to download immediately upon submission of your order.
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♫ = Sound clip of arrangement available for you to preview.
🎺 = Trumpeter as Vocalist (trumpet player can either play or sing the melody).
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Basin Street Blues by Spencer Williams ♫ arranged for Vocalist + Septet by Rich Willey
Up for a fresh arrangement of a great old Spencer Williams song from 1928? Designed for male vocalist with jazz septet, this chart lets your ensemble shine and have a whole lot of fun at the same time.
This arrangement is guaranteed to please the hippest of audiences plus your band will have a ball playing it.
Blue Skies by Irving Berlin ♫ arranged for vocalist + septet by Rich Willey
Do you enjoy hearing old jazz standards perked up with fresh, modern arrangements? Do you have an energetic horn section and rhythm section?
If they’re ready to make your male vocalist sound great, then this arrangement will breathe new life into this historic old song and will delight audiences and jazz listeners alike.
Cheek to Cheek by Irving Berlin ♫ arranged for vocalist + septet by Rich Willey
Does your repertoire have room for an arrangement of one of the most recognizable songbook standards of the twentieth century that can be played as a swing or Latin chart?
This arrangement of Cheek to Cheek is a proven favorite for dancers and listening audiences alike. Key of C for your debonaire male vocalist.
Hard Hearted Hannah by Yellen/Ager/Bigelow/Bates 🎺♫ arranged for vocalist + septet by Rich Willey
Would you like to treat your audience to a great novelty tune from 1924 that’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and works every time?
Nothing but fun and laughs result when you finish a set with this great old tune, and it makes the perfect encore number.
I Only Have Eyes For You by Dubin/Warren 🎺 ♫ arranged for Vocalist + Septet by Rich Willey
Need to play one of the top ten over-played songs of all time for a wedding but would prefer to avoid your most-hated “standard” version?
Now you have a choice to play a smooth, Basie-like arrangement instead, and actually enjoy playing this otherwise dreadfully beaten-to-death tune. 😊
If I Should Lose You by Ralph Rainger/Leo Robin ♫ 🎺 arranged for Vocalist + Septet by Rich Willey
Did you know that Charlie Parker plucked this beautiful tune from obscurity (from the 1936 Hollywood flop Rose of the Rancho) and made it a great jazz standard in 1949 on his April In Paris album with strings?
This hard-swinging and rather challenging arrangement will make your ensemble sound great, too!
It Had To Be You by Jones & Kahn 🎺 ♫ arranged for vocalist + jazz septet by Rich Willey
Thanks in part to a somewhat recent movie, many people know and love this song even if they aren’t from Seattle (or New York City, for that matter).
Combining elements of Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder with this great old classic, you and your audience are certain to enjoy this fun and relaxed arrangement of It Had To Be You.
On The Sunny Side Of The Street by McHugh & Fields ♫ arranged for vocalist + septet by Rich Willey
Would you like to share the optimism of this great song that helped cheer up America during the Great Depression of the 1930s?
Come on and listen to the sound clips of this arrangement that features your male vocalist with an upbeat horn section accompaniment.
Our Love Is Here To Stay ♫ by George & Ira Gershwin for vocalist + septet arranged by Rich Willey
Remember Ralph Kramden apologizing to Alice at the end of The Honeymooners over the flowing strains of one of America’s favorite love songs?
Now your combo and male vocalist can treat audiences to that great old tune with this relaxed, swinging arrangement for dancers and lovebirds.
Puttin’ On The Ritz by Irving Berlin ♫ for vocalist + septet arranged by Rich Willey
Do you know the first song to be sung by a multiracial ensemble in American cinema? Written in 1927, introduced by Harry Richman and chorus in the 1930 musical film Puttin’ On the Ritz.
Now you can play this very hip funk/jazz version with a little hint of J.S. Bach thrown in for extra fun!