In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Our vocal jazz arrangements our compiled from a variety of sources to provide the best selection possible. Most of them are designed for the group at the intermediate skill level. Though some of the songs included within this category are in fact popular or traditional compositions, it is the style of the arrangement that we classify as jazz. Please contact our staff if you have a question about any of the titles on this page; we will be happy to consult with you personally.
Songbooks and Collections
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Bob Martin : Men's Vocal Jazz Standards 2
"Blue And Sentimental" is a slow grooving version of this Basie classic. It starts out right on the chorus with everyone on words. "Oo's" on bridge the first time around with a half step modulation into the last 'A'. This is a very tight arrangement with ample opportunity to work on swing feel by accenting the upbeat on eighth note passages. "I've Got A Crush On You" starts with a rubato introduction into a slow-ish swing groove for the chorus. The verse is in the middle and is sung rubato with "oo's" behind the lead. Back to tempo second time around with a half-step modulation into the last'A' with a ritard into the ending. "Let's Get Away From It All" is a snappy, toe-tapping rendition. It starts right in on the chorus and cruises along to a big ending. Straight-ahead, very fun to sing, and makes a great show opener. "Lillette" is a somewhat rare tune performed by the Nat Cole trio in his early days. It starts out with a rubato verse going into a snappy chorus with tons of fun syncopated rhythms that keep things moving. Stop time kicks in the tag send this one off with a bang.
Songlist: Blue and Sentimental, Let's Get Away From It All, Lillette, I've Got a Crush on You
Deke Sharon : Men's Popular Jazz
In "Heartache Tonight" rock & roll, country, and streetcorner sensibilities combine in this fun, up tempo of the Eagles classic. Complete with handclaps and footstomps, this arrangement features a high tenor solo and lots of moving harmony, making it a perfect closing song or encore. "Only You (and You Alone)" is a streetcorner ballad made famous by The Platters is the perfect showcase for a male quartet that's looking for a fun doo-wop piece. The solo is in the first tenor, and crosses into falsetto frequently, allowing for a powerhouse vocal showcase, and the other three parts have fun with the lyrics. Street corner meets close harmony in this rendering of Paul Simon's ode to days-gone-by " Still Crazy After All These Years". Perfect for graduations and retrospective events. The tenor solo can be shared or split between several singers. Light vocal percussion is optional. First a hit for Maurice Chevalier, then Louis Prima, then David Lee Roth, the catchy, flirtatious songs, 'Just A Gigalo/I Ain't Got Nobody' have topped the charts for three generations. Tuneful, playful background parts support a tenor or Baritone solo (which can be shared): send your soloist into the audience and you'll have a huge crowd pleaser.
Songlist: Heartache Tonight, Only You (And You Alone), Still Crazy After All These Years, Just a Gigalo / I Aint Got Nobody
Four Freshmen : Four Freshmen Collection
'Love Lost' is a collective work by Bob Flanigan, Don and Ross Barbour and Ken Albers. 'Oh, Lonely Winter' is from the Four Freshmen and Five Guitars Capitol record album. Lyrics by Bill Comstock and music by Ken Albers. 'This October' is considered one of the greatest of all hits of the Four Freshmen. 'I'll Remember April' was recorded on the Voices in Love albums, this great arrangement by Dick Reynolds is one of the all-time favorites. The cappella arrangement of Indian Summer by Nelson Riddle is stunning.
Songlist: Indian Summer, Love Lost, Oh, Lonely Winter, This October, I'll Remember April
Various Arrangers : Men's Jazz Holiday
"All On A Christmas Morning" is one of the least performed but most hauntingly beautiful of the Alfred Burt Christmas carols, this male chorus version features tight four-and five-part voicings and jazz reharmonizations throughout, a rare step-out solo for the second bass, followed by another step-out solo for the first tenor. Rangy, but worthy addition to any Christmas program. This arrangement of "Away In A manger" seeks to give the lyrics their proper focus. It very effectively catches the mood that was intended with the lyrics, alternating shimmering harmonies with unison lines. Each member of the quartet is featured with one verse per person. This jazz waltz arrangement of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" is reminiscent of Blue Rondo a la Turk. The top tenor has the melody throughout, sung sweetly above the energetic rhythmic bed of the others. Other than a few slightly tongue twisting lines, this arrangement is not at all difficult, but it is very effective. "What Are The Signs?" This little Alfred Burt Christmas carol is effective on its own or as a prelude to other carols in the program, especially other Burt carols. It begins with a Gregorian chant effect with all voices in a very quiet, low unison, then opens into a beautiful four-part male chorale in its second half. Requires good low range in the second bass part.
Songlist: All On a Christmas Morning, What Are the Signs?, Away In a Manger, We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Various Arrangers : Men's Vocal Jazz Standards 1
A very happy version of "Sunday" inspired by Sinatra's famous recording. The bass leads in with everyone on words right off the bat. There are fun syncopations and falls in the chorus with a half-step modulation with no pivot chord (a sort of key 'slam'). Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week quoted in the tag. This is a very fun arrangmenet. "Without A Song" What more can we say? A beautiful song, a beautiful arrangement. 'Over the Raininbow' is a simple, yet beautiful harmonization of the classic tune. 'You Are Too Beautiful' is an easy, yet effective arrangement of this all time Rodgers and Hart ballad, that gives your men's section a chance to really shine!
Songlist: You Are Too Beautiful, Sunday, Over The Rainbow, Without a Song
Various Arrangers : Men's Romance
This is a nice, simple treatment of the Van Morrison favorite "Moondance". A solo in the second tenor range is true to the melody with some interesting chord subsititutions in the harmony parts. Beginning with a duet between solo and bass, there is plenty of room for some subtle, improvised vocal percussion from the other two voices. A bass part that doesn't get too low makes this a great choice for a young male quartet. An easy, yet effective arrangement of the all time Rodgers and Hart ballad "You Are Too Beautiful", that gives your men's section a chance to really shine! Here's a snappy, toe-tapping rendition of " Let's Get Away From It All". It starts right in on the chorus and cruises along to a big ending. Straight-ahead, very fun to sing, and makes a great show opener. "I've Got A Crush On You" starts with a rubato introduction into a slow-ish swing groove for the chorus. The verse is in the middle and is sung rubato with "oo's" behind the lead. Back to tempo second time around with a half-step modulation into the last'A' with a ritard into the ending.
Songlist: Moondance, I've Got a Crush on You, You Are Too Beautiful, Let's Get Away From It All
Various Arrangers : Men's Jazz 1
The arrangement of 'Bye, Bye, Blackbird' is a rubato ballad version of this pretty, old song. There is some re-harmonizaton, but overall the chords remain pretty square. You will find much opportunity to interpret phrasing as you like. The infectious original chart, 'Love Will Find a Way' starts out with a bed of close harmonies that explodes into a funk groove, highlighting a tenor solo. After the ensemble is featured in the bridge, the arrangement moves up a whole step. There is plenty of room for soloing as the tune moves through the chorus and ends with a thick-textured finish. The perfect showcase for your men. The 8-part arrangement of 'Eleanor Rigby' challenges the singer without detracting from the great lyrics. The first two verses can be baritone solos or the entire baritone section in unison. The third verse incorporates some unison and some unusual chord substitutions. The tenor 1 part is mostly in the falsetto range. The tenor 2 part usually falls in the head voice range and is all harmony. Works well as a showcase piece or closer for a male group with strong part-singing skills.
Songlist: Love Will Find A Way, Bye, Bye Blackbird, Eleanor Rigby
Various Arrangers : Men's Broadway
This warm a cappella arrangement of "Maria" beautifully portrays the emotion and thrill of falling in love for the first time. From the Leonard Bernstein classic West Side Story, this is a welcome addition to the TTBB repertoire. From The Little Mermaid, "Kiss The Girl" is in a fantastic a cappella arrangement. Fun Latin rhythms and a variety of vocal inflections make this a great change of pace for any concert! The breathtaking Elton John ballad "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" in a sonorous setting suitable for all a cappella ensembles. From the Broadway classic A Chorus Line, "What I Did For Love" is in an a cappella setting that will leave your audience spellbound! This is every performer's anthem!
Songlist: Kiss The Girl, Maria, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, What I Did For Love
Various Arrangers : Christmas Gems for Male Voices
Spread a little Christmas cheer with the doo-wop-style arrangement of the classic '50s pop song " Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree". Works great in all the voicings. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" is easily transportable for carorling or other programming options, this doo-wop style a cappella setting of this holiday classic will be a favorite. "We Three Kings" is the exact arrangement from the chart-topping album "Christmas Cheers" by a cappella powerhouse Straight No Chaser. Wild and fun, complete with elements of Mission Impossible, Boys II Men and Reggae. 2 tenor and 1 bass solo. . Irving Berlin's classic " White Christmas " in an exquisite a cappella setting. " Run To The Manger" is an original a cappella Christmas spiritual and is packed with rhythmic vitality and inspiring lyrics. Features a great hook and call-and-response solos. " Follow That Star to Bethlehem" celebrates Christmas with an energized rhythmic drive, an optional soloist, and solid, well-crafted vocal harmonies. An excellent holiday feature!
Songlist: Follow That Star To Bethlehem, White Christmas, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, A Holly Jolly Christmas, We Three Kings
Various Arrangers : Men's Jazz Vol. 2
Not to be confused with the sensational A Cappella band with the same name, 'Rockapella' is an original a cappella piece with a slow, almost Baroque opening that builds into a high-intensity groove. Features soloist and doo-wop bass line for added energy. A lot of fun for audience and performers! The lush and comical a cappella arrangement of Tom Lehrer's famous parody, 'I Hold Your Hand in Mine,' is faithful to the original in length and tone. Harmonically, it recalls Gene Puerling with a nod to barbershop. The ranges are well within the limits of a good men's jazz group. Levine added four words after the last chord which should get a big laugh if the audience isn't already in hysterics. 'Rockin Robin' was made popular by Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five. This arrangement, written for four-part men's ensemble with a tenor solo, has tight harmonies and abrupt tempo changes that are sure to keep the audience's attention.
Songlist: Rockapella, Rockin' Robin, I Hold Your Hand In Mine
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Arranged in a swinging big band style, this standard will let your group shine in performance! Available separately: SATB, SAB, TTBB, ShowTrax CD. Combo parts available digitally (tpt 1, 2, tsx, tbn, bsx, gtr, b, dm). Duration: ca. 3:05.
Pitch Perfect starts with a bang - The Treblemaker's arrangement of the modern Rhianna classic. A perfect show opener or closer for your male a cappella group (4-parts plus solo, vocal percussion optional).
Arranger: Deke Sharon | Composer: Rihanna | Performed By: Pitch Perfect
Now available separately: men! Frosty and friends come thumpity thumping right down to town - but with a little bit of a rock 'n' roll update. Zany and fun!Available separately: SATB, 3-Part Mixed, 2-Part, TTB, IPAK and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:40.
Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
A classic! Ed Lojeski's arrangement of Java Jive still grooves with an infectious style that will inject a light moment in every concert! Now available in newly engraved print and digital editions. Available separately: SATB, TTBB, SSAA. Rhythm section parts available as a digital download (gtr, b, dm). Duration: ca. 2:50.
This famous jazz piano piece by Vince Guaraldi has been a top-selling SATB arrangement and is now available in additional voicings that will fit almost any choral ensemble. Challenging, yet accessible, this piece will be a surefire novelty hit for the holiday season, or any time of year!
Arranger: Philip Kern | Composer: Vince Guaraldi | TV/Movie: Peanuts
Paul Simon's fabulous '70s hit comes to choral life keeping true to its original sound. Optional tenor and soprano solos with backing chorus and gospel-style harmonies, all to a great shuffle-beat, will make this a performance gem for your mixed and men's choirs. Available: SATB; SAB; TTB; StudioTrax CD.
Great fun for older choirs and their audiences, this piece features a showy men's trio, backed by the girls. It's a 'tongue-in-cheek' piece on the meaning of being 'a modern man.' Fine selection for festival and concert. Written expressly for the three men of Swedish vocal jazz phenomenon The Real Group. Great entertainment!
One of the greatest songs of all time, Hoagy Carmichael's classic romantic ballad shimmers in a rich a cappella setting highlighted by lush harmonies and gently arched phrasing in this superb arrangement. Available separately SATB, SSAA and TTBB. Duration: ca. 2:40.
This hit propelled Simon and Garfunkel to popularity in the 1960s. Mark Hayes' new arrangement is fully orchestrated to create a fresh sound, but in keeping with the familiarity of the work that is so loved and respected. Glorious arranging that will appeal to mixed groups as well as men's ensembles. Available: SATB; SSAB; TTB; Orchestration; StudioTrax CD.
Originally popularized by the Four Freshmen, this iconic arrangement of the Bobby Troup song helped pave the way for a cappella vocal jazz as well as influencing the singing style of the Beach Boys.
Singing has never been so much fun! The scat melodies of supergroup 'N Sync will bring your audience to their feet. Irresistible! Available: SATB divisi, TTBB divisi, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:15.
The rich history of American music - blues, gospel, jazz, rock and roll - are all present in the people, the land and the culture of the Mississippi Delta. This popular Marc Cohn classic, recently covered by the group Lonestar, pays homage to this musical genre that translates perfectly to the choral setting. Available separately: SATB, SAB, TBB. ShowTrax CD also available. Performance time approx. 3:00.
Arranger: Mark Brymer
The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members of the Swingle Singers.
Arranger: Jonathan Rathbone | Performed By: Swingle Singers
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