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Satin Doll

Music by Duke Ellington, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Originally Performed by Duke Ellington

"Satin Doll" is a jazz standard written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Written in 1953, the song has been recorded countless times, by such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, 101 Strings, Terry Callier, and Nancy Wilson. Its chord progression is well known for its unusual use of chords and opening with a ii-V-I turnaround.[

Johnny Mercer was often asked to write lyrics to already popular songs. The lyrics to "Satin Doll" were written after the song was already a hit in its instrumental version. Ellington used "Satin Doll" as the closing number at most of his concerts.

    Release Date: 1953


Satin Doll

Satin Doll

One of the most beloved and recognizable standards from the Duke Ellington catalog, Wayne Grimmer's setting is accessible and singable for almost any level ensemble, and will have your audience snapping along to this fantastic swinging chart!



Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Hywel Davies : A Duke Ellington Choral Suite : SATB : 01 Songbook : 884088485719 : 0853605904 : 14009357

Hywel Davies : A Duke Ellington Choral Suite

A Novello Voices Choral Suite, arranged by Hywel Davies. Contains: Take the A Train, Satin Doll, Lush Life, Things Ain't What They Used to Be and Perdido. The Novello Voices series features fabulous SATB arrangements of popular modern songs from West End shows and the worlds of jazz and pop.

Songlist: Take The 'A' Train, Satin Doll, Lush Life, Things Ain't What They Used to Be, Perdido

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Voicing: SATB | Performed by Duke Ellington | 4367b | Songbook | $7.95 | With Piano


Jay Althouse : Classic Jazz A Cappella : SATB : Sheet Music

Jay Althouse : Classic Jazz A Cappella

Here's a collection of three song each from three of the greatest songwriters of the classic jazz song - Gershwin, Porter and Ellington. Highly-regarded arranger Jay Althouse offers some stunning, tight, and tasty harmonies for unaccompanied mixed voices that can be performed separately or as three different sets by composer.

Songlist: Night and Day, Just One Of Those Things, You Do Something To Me, Satin Doll, Solitude, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Nice Work If You Can Get It, I Got Rhythm, Someone to Watch Over Me

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Voicing: SATB | 7683b | Sheet Music | $6.95 | A Cappella


Nicholas Hare : Novello Barbershop Songbook : TTBB : 01 Songbook : 884088671181 : 0711930139 : 14037592

Nicholas Hare : Novello Barbershop Songbook

The new-style Barbershop and close harmony songbook featuring twelve all-time great songs newly arranged in modern style for TTBB groups and choirs. Renowned vocal arranger Nicholas Hare has added helpful performance notes. From classics to pop hits these favourite songs include 'Angel Eyes', 'The Girl From Ipanema', 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' and 'Whispering Grass'.

Songlist: Angel Eyes, Eleanor Rigby, Maria, Satin Doll, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, The Girl From Ipanema, Uptown Girl, Wake Up Little Susie, What I Did For Love, When I'm Sixty-Four, Whispering Grass, Yesterday

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Voicing: TTBB | 7240b | Songbook | $16.95 | A Cappella


Duke Ellington : Duke Ellington Anthology : Solo : 01 Songbook : 884088236328 : 1423436997 : 00313400

Duke Ellington : Duke Ellington Anthology

The most important composer in the history of jazz, the legendary Duke Ellington lead his band continuously for five decades. This collection features 52 of his most beloved songs, including: Caravan - Don't Get Around Much Anymore - I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good - I'm Just a Lucky So and So - It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Mood Indigo - Perdido - Satin Doll - Solitude - Take the A Train - and more.

Songlist: Day Dream, Drop Me Off In Harlem, East St. Louis Toodle-oo, Love You Madly, Ring Dem Bells, Black Butterfly, The Mooch, I Didn't Know About You, Cotton Tail, Passion Flower, Everything But You, Something To Live For, Azure, Solitude, Dancers In Love, In A Mellow Tone, The Single Petal Of A Rose, Warm Valley, I'm Gonna Go Fishin', Jump For Joy, Caravan, Just A Settin' And A Rockin', Duke's Place, What Am I Here For?, Brown Skin Gal In The Calico Gown, Black And Tan Fantasy, Boy Meets Horn, Chelsea Bridge, Prelude To A Kiss, Perdido, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20313b | Songbook | $22.95 | PVG


Ella Fitzgerald : Original Keys For Singers : Solo : Songbook : 073999023343 : 0634063421 : 00740252

Ella Fitzgerald : Original Keys For Singers

Arguably the best female jazz singer ever, no one could out-swing or out-scat "The First Lady of Song." This fine book features authentic transcriptions in the original keys of 25 Fitzgerald classics in voice with piano accompaniment format.

Songlist: A-Tisket A-Tasket, Black Coffee, But Not For Me, Cheek To Cheek, (You'd Be So) Easy to Love, Embraceable You, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, How Long Has This Been Going On, I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good), I'm Beginning to See the Light, I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, If You Can't Sing It (You'll Have To Swing It), III Wind (You're Blowing Me No Good), Just One Of Those Things, The Lady is a Tramp, Let's Call The Whole Thing Off, Lullabye Of Birdland, Midnight Sun, Misty, Oh, Lady Be Good, Satin Doll, Stompin' At The Savoy, Take the 'A' Train

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Ella Fitzgerald | 9204b | Songbook | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


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


Willie Hill Jr. : Approaching the Standards for Jazz Vocalists : Solo : 01 Songbook & 1 CD : 654979195818  : 00-SBM00034CD

Willie Hill Jr. : Approaching the Standards for Jazz Vocalists

Approaching the Standards for Jazz Vocalists is an innovative, user-friendly approach to vocal jazz improvisation. Designed for the individual or group and male or female vocalists, this book and sing-along CD contains ten classic jazz songs selected from and correlated to Approaching the Standards Volumes 1, 2 and 3. Included are the same essential features as the instrumental books: CD demo, clearly written improvisation examples, jazz vocabulary, transcription opportunities, informative composer insight and a useful discography. Whether beginning their studies or improving their vocal jazz skills, all serious singers must have this book!

Songlist: Billlie' Bounce, On The Trail, Cantaloupe Island, Summertime, Satin Doll, C Jam Blues, I Got Rhythm

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Voicing: Solo | 6340b | Songbook & 1 CD | $17.95


Alti & Bassi : Il Mito Americano : 00  1 CD

Alti & Bassi : Il Mito Americano

Unfortunately our understanding of Italian is limited to restaurant menus, but a scan of the track list indicates that the spiritual and jazz standard are this CD's focus. These five European chaps obviously have a fondness for these particularly American forms; "Climbing Up The Mountain," "Summertime," "Satin Doll," and "Sophisticated Lady" are the mediums for Alti & Bassi's swinging big band style. Vocal orchestrations and scat are vital ingredients, and the group has a great deal of skill and versatility. Their gospel turn on "I'm Rolling Through This Unfriendly World" is warm and convincing. Occasional piano accompaniment.

Songlist: Tu vo fa' f'americano, Climbing up the Mountain, Down by the Riverside, Fugue with Satin Doll, Quando canta Rabagliati, Jusus Gave Me Water, Satin Doll, Summertime, I'm Rolling Thorough This Unfriendly World, When the Saints Go Marchin' In , Jazz, Sphisticated Lady, Dueling Voices

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2189c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Copley Cats : Landing On Our Feet : 00  1 CD

Copley Cats : Landing On Our Feet

An eleven member women's ensemble hailing from the Boston area who met while singing in college, the group could be loosely classified as contemporary, but also sing classic pop ("Walk on By") and jazz standards ("Satin Doll" and "Night and Day"). Several of their songs were arranged by Deke Sharon, including "Time and Tide," and "Passionate Kisses." A variety of members take turns on lead, and are consistently and solidly supported by this sorority of voices;

Songlist: Passionate Kisses, Song For The Asking, Time And Tide, American Tune, Is That The Way You Look?, Mary Don't You Weep, Night and Day, Satin Doll, Until You Come Back To Me, Walk On By, The Sound Of Music, Heart's Desire, Final Frontier

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2173c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Four Freshmen : Greatest Hits : 00  1 CD : 77612

Four Freshmen : Greatest Hits

There are 10 classic Four Freshmen songs here: "Graduation Day," "Day by Day," "It's A Blue World," "Charmaine," "Poinciana," "Satin Doll," "Lullaby of Birdland," "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me" and "When My Sugar Walks Down The Street," all from the original studio recordings. Every song is one of the 4F's biggest hits, as opposed to their other CDs, where every song merely sounds like it's one of their biggest hits. The point is, the 4F are incapable of doing a bad song or cover, so buy with confidence, and enjoy!

Songlist: Graduation Day, Day By Day, It's a Blue World, Charmaine, Pionciana, Satin Doll, Lullaby of Birdland, I'm Gonna Go Fishin', Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me, When My Sugar Walks Down the Street

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4781c | 1 CD | $12.98 | Accompanied


Four Freshmen : The Swingers / 5 Trumpets : 00  1 CD : 8436542018623 : IMT5012100.2

Four Freshmen : The Swingers / 5 Trumpets

It's a twofer! Two classic albums are included on this CD of one of the great male quartets of the twentieth century! Their ability to maintain perfect intervals in vertical harmony is legendary. Fortunately the legend lives anew as almost every one of their tremendous discography has now been remastered for CD.

Songlist: Lulu's Back in Town, Li'l Darlin', Let's Take A Walk Around the Block, Dynaflow, Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me, Spring Isn't Spring Without You, Taps Miller, When My Sugar Walks Down the Street, Satin Doll, This Could Be the Start of Something, Lullaby of Birdland, I'm Gonna Go Fishin', Easy Street, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside), After You've Gone, Good-Bye, There Will Never Be Another You, Got a Date with an Angel, Something in the Wind, Someone Like You, The Night We Called It a Day, Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight, Give Me the Simple Life, Lonely Night In Paris, )I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

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43113c | 1 CD | $13.95 | Jazz Combo


Nightlife : Blues In The Night : 00  1 CD

Nightlife : Blues In The Night

Though not generally identified with blues, in fact barbershop does have something in common with jazz and blues alike - they are all distinctly American musical forms. As David Wright says in his liner notes describing the quartet (he also arranged four songs), "the richness of their blend evoked the texture of blues and gospel..." These 1996 gold medalists (and members of the heralded Masters of Harmony Chorus), are indeed staking out their own forty acres of barbershop territory. Sublime adaptations of the title track, "How High The Moon," "Satin Doll," "Steal Away" and "Baby It's Cold Outside" are just some of the wonderful surprises in store. While staying true to the core structure of barbershop, these arrangements are festooned with borrowed inflections from other styles, and gently evoke the romance of days gone by!

Songlist: How High The Moon, Mobile, Satin Doll, My Funny Valentine, Slap That Bass, Steal Away, When I Lift Up My Head, Blues In The Night, Ride The Chariot, London By Night, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Today, Watch What Happens, Who Will Buy?, One Moment in Time

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5397c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Standing Room Only : SRO : 00  1 CD

Standing Room Only : SRO

SRO has been bobbing in and out of the top five in competition for as many years. Based in the Southwest, their sound on this recording, produced in 1992, is as consistent an example of the quartet style as can be found. From their opening medley of "Deed I Do/Put Your Arms Around Me," to their adaptation of "Orange Colored Sky," (arranged by the group's own Fraser Brown, who handled a good half of the arranging chores), SRO is expert in their use of devices such as the swipe, with minimal use of solo voice ornamentation. Their material is well-rounded; easy listening, (John Denver's "My Sweet Lady,"a simple and restrained interpretation) vocal jazz (BSU's score of "Java Jive") and barbershop, of course!

Songlist: Medley, Deed I Do, When My Baby Smiles at Me, Java Jive, My Sweet Lady, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, From the First Hello, Medley, You're Nobody's Sweetheart Now, Just a Girl That Men Forget, You Keep Coming Back Like a Song, Satin Doll, Here Am I Broken Hearted, When the World Was Young, Orange Colored Sky

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5716c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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Satin Doll : TTBB : Wayne Grimmer : Johnny Mercer :  1 CD : 00287146 : 812817021716

Wayne Grimmer : Satin Dollnew

One of the most beloved and recognizable standards from the Duke Ellington catalog, Wayne Grimmer's setting is accessible and singable for almost any level ensemble, and will have your audience snapping along to this fantastic swinging chart!

Arranger: Wayne Grimmer | Composer: Johnny Mercer

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $3.20 | A Cappella |
00287146


Satin Doll : SATB : Jay Althouse : Duke Ellington : Duke Ellington : Sheet Music : 00-31292 : 038081340609

Jay Althouse : Satin Doll

Considered one of the founding fathers of jazz music, Duke Ellington was one of the most popular and prolific composers of the 20th century. This varied trio of a cappella charts offers stunning, tight, and tasty harmonies.

Arranger: Jay Althouse | Composer: Duke Ellington Performed By: Duke Ellington

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-31292


Satin Doll : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Duke Ellington : Duke Ellington : Sheet Music : 08745839 : 073999458398

Kirby Shaw : Satin Doll

This cool, sophisticated jazz classic, set in a medium groove by Kirby Shaw, will have your group sounding like pros in no time at all! Available: SATB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:00.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Duke Ellington Performed By: Duke Ellington

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08745839


Satin Doll : SSA : Kirby Shaw : Duke Ellington : Duke Ellington : Sheet Music : 08745841 : 073999458411

Kirby Shaw : Satin Doll

This cool, sophisticated jazz classic, set in a medium groove by Kirby Shaw, will have your group sounding like pros in no time at all! Available: SATB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:00.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Duke Ellington Performed By: Duke Ellington

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08745841

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