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April In Paris

Music by Vernon Duke, Lyrics by Yip Harburg

"April in Paris" was composed for the Broadway musical Walk a Little Faster. The original 1933 hit was performed by Freddy Martin, and the 1952 remake (inspired by the movie of the same name) was by the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, whose version made the Cashbox Top 50.

Composer Alec Wilder writes, "There are no two ways about it: this is a perfect theater song. If that sounds too reverent, then I'll reduce the praise to 'perfectly wonderful,' or else say that if it's not perfect, show me why it isn't."

It has been performed by many artists, including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Bill Evans, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Frank Sinatra, Mary Kaye Trio, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Erroll Garner, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Goodman, Dinah Shore, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Blossom Dearie, Doris Day, Alex Chilton, Wynton Marsalis, Andy Williams, Amanda Thorpe, Michel Legrand, and Dawn Upshaw. Basie's 1955 recording is the most famous, and that particular performance was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. On this recording, trumpeter Thad Jones played his famous "Pop Goes the Weasel" solo, trombonist Benny Powell performed his much noted bridge, and Basie directs the band to play the shout chorus "one more time" and then "one more once."

    Release Date: 1933

Songbooks and Arrangements


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Gene Puerling : Puerling Charts II : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music

Gene Puerling : Puerling Charts II

Includes the Grammy Award winner "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square" as recorded by The Manhattan Transfer. The note-for-note arrangement matches the original recording!

Songlist: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Deck The Halls, Am I Blue?, Silent Night, Snowfall , April in Paris, Autumn in New York, Dancing in the Dark, Indian Summer

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by Singers Unlimited | 4211b | Sheet Music | $13.98 | A Cappella


Count Basie : Best of Count Basie : Solo : Songbook : 884088792268 : 1476867968 : 00109306

Count Basie : Best of Count Basie

22 tunes from the big band legend arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. Songs include: After You've Gone - April in Paris - Basie Boogie - I Never Knew - Jumpin' at the Woodside - Lester Leaps In - One O'Clock Jump - She's Funny That Way - Sweet Georgia Brown - Swingin' the Blues - Until I Met You (Corner Pocket) - and more.

Songlist: After You've Gone, Topsy, Until I Met You (Corner Pocket), April In Paris, Blue And Sentimental, Good Morning Blues, Cute, Poor Butterfly, Basie Boogie, Every Day I Have The Blues, I Never Knew, Good Bait, Jive At Five, Jumpin' At The Woodside, Lester Leaps In, Li'l Darlin', One Mint Julep, One O'Clock Jump, She's Funny That Way, Shiny Stockings, Sweet Georgia Brown, Swingin' The Blues

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Count Basie | 40166b | Songbook | $16.95 | PVG


Various : The Best Big Band Songs Ever - 4th Edition : Solo : Songbook : 888680900243 : 1540041441 : 00286933

Various : The Best Big Band Songs Ever - 4th Edition

This fourth edition boasts 66 swingin' big band favorites: Basin Street Blues - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Don't Get Around Much Anymore - In the Mood - Jumpin' at the Woodside - Mood Indigo - The Nearness of You - Satin Doll - Sentimental Journey - Sing, Sing, Sing - A String of Pearls - Take the A Train - Tuxedo Junction - and more.

Songlist: April In Paris, Sweet Lorraine, Moonlight Serenade, Begin The Beguine, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Flying Home, I Can't Get Started, Jumpin' At The Woodside, One O'Clock Jump, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Shiny Stockings, Sing, Sing, Sing, Skyliner, Take The 'A' Train, Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money, Too!), Don't Be That Way, Straighten Up And Fly Right

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Voicing: Solo | 40617b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Various Arrangers : The REAL Book for Vocalists - Vol. 1 for High Voice : Solo : Songbook : 884088198916 : 1423451228 : 00240307

Various Arrangers : The REAL Book for Vocalists - Vol. 1 for High Voice

The Real Vocal Book has many of the selections from volumes 1 and 2 of the instrumental Real Books, but now with the lyrics added to the pre-existing melody line. Nearly 300 essential songs compiled especially for singers.

Songlist: Agua De Beber, Alfie, Alice In Wonderland, All Alone (Left Alone), (All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings, All Of Me, All Of You, All The Things You Are, Alright, Okay, You Win, Always, Angel Eyes, April In Paris, Are You Havin' Any Fun?, Autumn In New York, Autumn Leaves, Avalon, Azure, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Baltimore Oriole, Basin Street Blues, Bewitched, Beyond The Sea, Billie's Blues, Billie's Bounce, Birdland, The Birth of the Blues, Blame It on My Youth, Blue Skies, Bluesette, Body And Soul, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 5186b | Songbook | $29.95


Various Composers : The Great American Songbook - The Composers : Solo : Songbook : 884088106522 : 1423419545 : 00311365

Various Composers : The Great American Songbook - The Composers

From Berlin to Gershwin to Carmichael to Cahn, this folio features a comprehensive collection of standards from the greatest American composers, along with photos and bios of these masters of song.

Songlist: Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive, Ain't Misbehavin', All The Things You Are, All The Way, April In Paris, Autumn In New York, The Best Is Yet To Come, The Best Things In Life Are Free, Beyond The Blue Horizon, Big Spender, Blue Skies, Body And Soul, Button Up Your Overcoat, Buttons And Bows, Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, Change Partners, Cheek To Cheek, Come Fly With Me, Come Rain or Come Shine, Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me, Don't Blame Me, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Easy Living, Everything's Coming Up Roses, A Fine Romance, For You, For Me, For Evermore, Georgia On My Mind, Here's That Rainy Day, Honeysuckle Rose, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 5324b | Songbook | $24.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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April in Paris : SATB : Paris Rutherford : Vernon Duke : Songbook : 08747960 : 884088210649

Paris Rutherford : April in Paris

The quiet emotion of this classic ballad moves dreamlike from the undulating opening to the surprise harmonic lift. Stunning and expressive! Available separately: SATB, ShowTrax CD. Rhythm parts available digitally (gtr, b, dm). Duration: ca. 4:00.

Arranger: Paris Rutherford | Composer: Vernon Duke | Lyricist: Yip Harburg

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08747960 | Showtrax CD Available


April in Paris : SSAA : Teena Chinn : Vernon Duke : Sheet Music : 00-CHM00056 : 654979015741

Teena Chinn : April in Paris

Slow, long phrases and reflections of days gone by make this classic a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The SATB arrangement has beautiful harmonies and the SSAA for women is a real treat. The style of this title lends a nice variety to any choral program.

Arranger: Teena Chinn | Composer: Vernon Duke | Lyricist: Yip Harburg

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-CHM00056 | Showtrax CD Available

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