Rehearsal note for Nov. 19

Thank you all for another great rehearsal!

This coming week, we are working for two hours with Neil Yorke-Slader, and will focus on polishing the pieces for our upcoming concert. The concert poster will soon be ready to send to your friends!   At the break this week, please discuss suggestions for fun ways of jazzing up our basic black outfits for the concert… a splash of red, or bring out sunglasses for the last piece, or ???  Would you be interested in going out for a JJB dinner on Monday, December 17 from 6:30 – 8:30, or wait for the new year to have dinner before a rehearsal?

If we can transition quickly between pieces, we can fit four pieces into our program, and this is the order we will try out:

Ain’t Misbehavin’    Thomas “Fats” Waller, Harry Brooks, A. Razaf lyrics, arr. Ralph Ford

Moondance   Van Morrison    arr. Victor Lopez

Stay Cool    Vince Gassi

Into the Sun  Dean Sorenson and Bruce Pearson

To really enjoy the pieces and make the most of the music, it helps to think of the lyrics and listen to recordings by great artists.  Start singing while doing chores, walking the dog, etc. Enjoy!

Ain’t Misbehavin’

No one to talk with
All by myself
No one to walk with
But I’m happy on the shelf
Ain’t misbehavin’
I’m savin’ my love for you

I know for certain
The one I love
I’m through with flirtin’
It’s just you I’m thinkin’ of
Ain’t misbehavin’
I’m savin’ my love for you

Like Jack Horner
In the corner
Don’t go nowhere
What do I care?
Your kisses are worth waitin’ for
Believe me

I don’t stay out late
Don’t care to go
I’m home about eight
Just me and my radio
Ain’t misbehavin’
I’m savin’ my love for you

Like Jack…



Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
‘Neath the cover of October skies

And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low

And all the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

Can I just have one a’ more moondance with you, my love
Can I just make some more romance with a-you, my love

Well I want to make love to you tonight
I can’t wait till the morning has come
And I know now the time is just right
And straight into my arms you will run

And when you come my heart will be waiting
To make…

Here are some links. Hear the GREATs perform, and notice the tempos selected, and listen for the growling trombones! 

Louis Armstrong plays and sings Ain’t Misbehavin’

Ella Fitzgerald and Count Bassie

Stay Cool (120)

Smart music demo on YouTube   Into the Sun