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As recorded by James Darren and arranged by Sammy Nestico, here is a masterful swingin' chart on this Ellington favorite. Featuring wonderful interplay between singer and ensemble, this will be a joy to perform.
Recorded by John Pizzarelli and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on the CD
Dear Mr. Sinatra
, here is John Clayton's adaptation of the chart he penned on the standard “Nice 'n' Easy.” Featuring a relaxed flowing style and a moderate s
Nice 'n' Easy
Originally arranged for Ernie Andrews, this hard-swinging chart provides a real workout for band and vocalist alike. The blues-infused style features interplay between the singer and the band as well as short solos for piano and trumpet. Let it roar!
I'm Just a Lucky So and So (Key: F)
John Clayton penned this gorgeous ballad treatment for the great Joe Williams. With exquisite reharmonizations and carefully crafted accompaniment figures, the mood starts out mellow then arcs beautifully to a full ensemble climax before tapering to a qui
You Are So Beautiful (Key: C, Db)
Adapted from his Grammy winning arrangement for Queen Latifah, here is a smokin' swing chart that features a relaxed vocal line accompanied by absolutely blazing figures from the band. An exceptional powerhouse of a chart!
I'm Gonna Live Till I Die
Exploring a wealth of overlapping instrumental colors, this very delicate and superbly orchestrated setting made its first appearance recorded by Diana Krall. A study in tension and release, there is a haunting quality that helps make this a stunningly be
How Insensitive (Insensatez) (Emi)
Adapted from the chart he did for Diana Krall, and recorded with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra on her CD
, here is John Clayton's joyous up-tempo swing chart on this holiday favorite. These jinglin' bells never sounded so good!
Adapted from the arrangement that John Clayton did for Dianne Reeves and the WDR radio big band in Cologne, Germany, here is a moderately slow and sultry swing version of the Duke Ellington favorite. According to John, “it's about grooving and havin
Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
As performed by Carmen McRae (including the spoken intro), here is John Clayton's sensitive and gorgeous version of
For All We Know
. The rich ensemble accompaniment is as much a part of the arrangement as the vocal solo. (Requires woodwind doubles
For All We Know
Paying homage to the great jazz vocalist Joe Williams and recorded by Barbara Morrison on her tribute CD
Thinking of You, Joe
, here is an adaptation of John Clayton's swinging chart featuring sizzling statements from the band and an exuberant blues
Smack Dab in the Middle
Originally recorded in 1984 by Stevie Wonder, here is a smooth version in a cha-cha style that provides a very appealing setting for vocalist. Michael uses some harmonic twists and turns, interesting and creative background figures, and includes solo spac
I Just Called to Say I Love You (Key: B-flat)
Recorded by Barbara Morrison with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra for
The L.A. Treasures Project
, this powerhouse arrangement is a study in contrasts. The sparse and quiet opening gradually builds to a feverish pitch with periodic wild intrusio
Fever (Key: G min)
Originally recorded by Peggy Lee in 1960, this upbeat swinger exudes a great message and positive energy. Perfect for a singer to add their own personality and connect with the audience. John Clayton's standout arrangement was recorded by Queen Latifah on
I Love Being Here with You (Key: Db)
As recorded by Dennis Bono and arranged by Sammy Nestico, here is a hard-hitting medium swing chart on this familiar standard. The band gets a chance to shine here in addition to providing support for the vocalist.
Teach Me Tonight
The swingin' Quincy Jones arrangement of this standard has become one of Frank Sinatra's signature tunes. Here's the authentic version edited and adapted for today's bands by Mike Tomaro.
Come Fly with Me (Key: Bb)
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