Blossom Dearie was one of the few singers to record this swinging, fun jazz tune, and this arrangement borrows the vibe and harmony of her performance while expanding and opening up the possibilities for the ensemble vocal jazz setting. A few sneaky quotes in the backgrounds and soli/shout sections provide some Easter eggs for your audience (and singers), and solo space is included for improvising singers or players.
Chord chart piano and bass parts, drums
Commissioned by "Badinage" from Hutchinson Community College (KS), Neal Allsup, dir. (2015)
Video: Blossom Dearie Version
Video: School Group
California State University, Long Beach Pacific Standard Time live performance
Video: Behind the Chart
Livestreamed arranging with Kerry Marsh