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Nature Boy

Music by Eden Ahbez

Originally Performed by Nat King Cole

"Nature Boy" is a song first recorded by American jazz singer Nat King Cole. It was released on March 29, 1948, as a single by Capitol Records, and later appeared on the album, The Nat King Cole Story. The song was written in 1947 by eden ahbez and is partly autobiographical. It is a tribute to ahbez's mentor Bill Pester, who had originally introduced him to Naturmensch and Lebensreform philosophies, which ahbez practiced. When Cole was performing in 1947 at the Lincoln Theater, ahbez wanted to present the song to him, but was ignored. He left the copy with Cole's valet, and from him the singer came to know of "Nature Boy". After receiving appreciation for his performance of the song, Cole wanted to record it but needed consent from the writer. Eventually, he tracked down ahbez.

    Release Date: 1948


Nature Boy

Nature Boy

First recorded by Nat King Cole and since covered by countless pop and jazz singers and ensembles and used in multiple movies, here is a really cool arrangement in an easy Bossa groove. With a beautiful section for scat singing, well supported by the ensemble, and multiple soloists featured, this chart works for medium to advanced vocal jazz ensembles.

Voicing: SATB



Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Celine Dion : A New Day Has Come : Solo : Songbook : 654979041344  : 00-0682B

Celine Dion : A New Day Has Come

Celine Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer, occasional songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. Born to a large, impoverished family in Charlemagne, Quebec, Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband Rene Angelil mortgaged his home to finance her first record. In 1990, she released the anglophone album Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world. This album-matching folio features eight pages of beautiful, full-color art and photos.

Songlist: At Last, Aun Existe Amor, Goodbye's (The Saddest Word), The Greatest Reward, Have You Ever Been in Love , I Surrender, I'm Alive, Nature Boy, A New Day Has Come , A New Day Has Come (radio remix) , Prayer, Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable), Right in Front of You, Sorry for Love, Ten Days, When the Wrong One Loves You Right

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Celine Dion | 5403b | Songbook | $21.95 | PVG


Steve Rawlins : Jazz Ballads For Singers - Womens Edition : Solo : Songbook & Online Audio : 073999761238 : 0634064568 : 00740258

Steve Rawlins : Jazz Ballads For Singers - Womens Edition

15 essential standards have been given new arrangements tailor-made for singers, with alternative jazz chord changes, complete verses, introductions and singer-flattering endings. This book is in a traditional jazz format designed for improvising accompaniments, with melody line, lyrics and chords in a handwritten music engraving style. Traditional chord changes are also included, along with the alternative chords in Steve Rawlins' creative arrangements. Keys in the Women's Edition are in a generally lower range, as is customary for this style of music. The Men's Edition keys are in a medium range. Audio is accessed online using the unique code inside the book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

Songlist: Autumn in New York , Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans , Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, I Could Write a Book , I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good), It Might as Well Be Spring , Just One More Chance , Lush Life , Manhattan , My Romance , Nature Boy , The Nearness of You, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square , Solitude , Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most

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Voicing: Solo | 9040b | Songbook & Online Audio | $19.95 | Voice with Jazz Combo


Various : Scat Omnibook : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088952396 : 1480355623 : 00122426

Various : Scat Omnibook

Instrumentalists, get ready for some fun. For the first time ever, you can play the exact lines as scatted by some of the greatest jazz legends of all time: Karrin Allyson, Louis Armstrong, Ann Hampton Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Gamarini, Dianne Reeves, Mel Tormé, Sarah Vaughan, and more! Of course singers can get in on the fun, too, with this unique songbook. Omnibooks are comprehensive collections featuring the most accurate note-for-note transcriptions right from the recordings and are spiral-bound for easy usability. They also include chord symbols, metronome markings and record information. This Scat Omnibook features 74 arrangements of 63 songs exactly as they were recorded. Includes an artist index and introduction on the history of scat vocals.

Songlist: You'll Have To Swing It, West Coast Blues, A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Air Mail Special, All Blues, All Of Me, Centerpiece, From This Moment On, All God's Chillun Got Rhythm, Nature Boy, Clementine, Schulie A Bop, St. Louis Blues, Bernie's Tune, Billie's Bounce (Bill's Bounce), Blue Skies, Bluesette, Body And Soul, Honeysuckle Rose, Stolen Moments, Bli Blip, Just Friends, There Will Never Be Another You, Suddenly In Walked Bud, Crazy Rhythm, Dinah, Sing, Sing, Sing, I Got Rhythm, Flat Foot Floogee, Flying Home, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 2997b | Songbook & CD | $19.95


Various : 151 of the Most Beautiful Songs Ever : Solo : Songbook : 888680925482 : 1540048292 : 00291051

Various : 151 of the Most Beautiful Songs Ever

This huge songbook (672 pages!) features 151 standards that every musician should know! Each song is arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. Songs include: All the Things You Are - At Last - Bridge over Troubled Water - City of Stars - Constant Craving - Crazy - Gabriel's Oboe - Hallelujah - Imagine - La Vie En Rose (Take Me to Your Heart Again) - My Heart Will Go on (Love Theme from 'Titanic') - Over the Rainbow - Perfect - River Flows in You - Shallow - Somewhere - Summertime - This Is Me - Time After Time - Wonderful Tonight - You Raise Me Up - and more. Listen to a Spotify playlist of all the songs from this book!

Songlist: Easy Living, Open Arms, Crazy, Good Night, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Believe, Beautiful In My Eyes, You Belong To Me, Beauty And The Beast, The Colour Of My Love, At Last, Gabriel's Oboe, The Rose, Time After Time, Sway, Faithfully, If, Perfect, Hello, All I Ask Of You, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Change The World, Someone Like You, All Of Me, The Tracks Of My Tears, Ooo Baby Baby, Best Of My Love, All The Things You Are, All The Way, Somewhere, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 70728b | Songbook | $32.95 | PVG


Various Arrangers : Crooners : Solo : Songbook : 884088274979 : 1423463668 : 00311819

Various Arrangers : Crooners

Your audience will swoon over these 84 standards crooned by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Mel Tormé and others. Includes: Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive - Bewitched - Blue Velvet - Chances Are - Georgia on My Mind - I've Got the World on a String - Lazy River - Misty - Mona Lisa - The Nearness of You - Red Roses for a Blue Lady - There Is No Greater Love - When I Fall in Love - and dozens more. Includes a title index, artist index, and a great section of photos and bios of each featured artist.

Songlist: I Believe, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive, I'm Walking Behind You (Look Over Your Shoulder), If, Wish You Were Here, Till The End Of Time, Rockin' Chair, Chances Are, Alright, Okay, You Win, Nature Boy, Night Song, Cry, Change Partners, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Baby (You've Got What It Takes), Candy, There Is No Greater Love, Bewitched, Beyond The Sea, Learnin' The Blues, Just Walking In The Rain, Blue Velvet, Body And Soul, Mr. Lonely, It's Just A Matter Of Time, Careless Hands, Mona Lisa, Cheek To Cheek, The Christmas Song, My Foolish Heart, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 2491b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Various Arrangers : Singers Book Of Jazz Standards (Mens Edition) : Solo : Songbook : 073999442724 : 0634049674 : 00740209

Various Arrangers : Singers Book Of Jazz Standards (Mens Edition)

All fifty arrangements of jazz standards in this book are written in a single line "fake book" or "lead sheet" format. However, they are not just the standard renditions of the songs. All are custom arrangements, logical suggestions for repeated sections, and simple but stylish song endings. The chords below the lines are the traditional harmonies. The chords above the line are more advanced, alternate harmonies. A musician using these arrangements may use just one set of these chord changes, or a mixture of them within a song.

Songlist: All or Nothing at All, Alright, Okay, You Win, Autumn in New York, Body and Soul, But Beatufiul, Cheek to Cheek, Day by Day, Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fly Me To The Moon, The Frim Fram Sauce, Gee Baby, Aint I Good to You, Have You met Miss Joses?, Hello, Young Lovers, Honeysuckle Rose, I Could White a Book, I Get Along Without You Very Well, I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good), I'm Beginning to See the Light, I've Got My Love to keep Me Warm, I've Got the World on a String, I've Got You Under My Skin, It Might As Well Be Spring, Just One More Chance, The Late Late Show, Lean Baby, Lost Mind, Lush life, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 9046b | Songbook | $17.95 | Accompanied


Various Arrangers : Jazz Tracks for Singers - Men's Edition : Solo : Songbook & Online Audio : 073999871029 : 0634060708 : 00740243

Various Arrangers : Jazz Tracks for Singers - Men's Edition

15 songs in custom arrangements for singers. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

Songlist: Alright, Okay, You Win, Body and Soul, Cheek to Cheek, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Fly Me To The Moon, The Frim Fram Sauce, Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You, I've Got the World on a String, I've Got You Under My Skin, Lean Baby, Nature Boy, Route 66, When Sunny Gets Blue, Witchcraft, You Took Advantage of Me,

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Voicing: Solo | 9051b | Songbook & Online Audio | $24.95 | Voice with Jazz Combo


Various Arrangers : Singer's Book of Jazz Standards - Women's Edition : Solo : Songbook : 073999602517 : 0634049666 : 00740208

Various Arrangers : Singer's Book of Jazz Standards - Women's Edition

50 Essential Jazz Standards from the repertoir of the greatest artists in New, Custom, Vocal Arrangements and singer-Friendly Keys with Traditional and Alternate Chord Changes.

Songlist: All Or Nothing, Alright Okay You Win, Autumn In New York, Black Coffee, Body And Soul, But Beautiful, Come Rain or Come Shine, Day By Day, Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me, Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Fever, Fine And Mellow, Fly Me To The Moon, The Frim Fram Sauce, Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You, Good Morning Heartache, Hello, Young Lovers, HoneySuckle Rose, I Could Write A Book, I Get Along With You Very Well, I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good), I'm Beginning to See the Light, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, It Might As Well Be Spring, Just One More Chance, The Late Late Show, Lost Mind, Lush Life, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 9410b | Songbook | $19.95 | Voice and Piano


Mt. San Antonio College - Singopation : Drive : 00  1 CD : Bruce Rogers

Mt. San Antonio College - Singopation : Drive

Mt. Sac's dynamic ensemble Singcopation, founded in 1997 by Director of Choral Activities Bruce Rogers, consists of 12 auditioned male and female student vocal jazz specialists. These exceptional singers have taken home a variety of trophies from vocal jazz competitions, been named "Most Outstanding College Vocal Jazz Group in the Country" by Downbeat. On the 14 generally accompanied (Piano, Drums & Bass) tunes of "Drive," Singcopation shows us a level of sophistication and polish rarely found at the college level. Particularly fine are Steve Allen's "This Could be the Start of Something Big," the scatty, salsa-flavored "Virou Areia," the sexy, silly, nearly a cappella "I Feel So Smoochie," a very cool arrangement of "Nature Boy," Bobby McFerrin's sweet a cappella (of course) title tune, a moody cover of Lennon/McCartney's "In My Life," John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice," a smooth, rhythmic cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Corcovado," and very nice vocal percussion on the a cappella "Virtual Insanity." We are big fans of Singcopation, and enjoyed every cut of "Drive!"

Songlist: This Could Be The Start Of Something Big, Minuano, Not Like This, Virou Areia, Don't Be On The Outside, I Feel So Smoochie, Nature Boy, Drive, In My Life, Moments' Notice, Corcovado, Snow Samba, Virtual Insanity, I Want You Back

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7622c | 1 CD | $14.98


The Real Group : Live In Japan : 00  1 CD

The Real Group : Live In Japan

"Live music is a powerful thing" says the opening sentence of this recording's liner notes and for The Real Group it is especially true. Recorded in April 2013 at the intimate jazz club Billboard Live Club in Osaka and Tokyo, this superb recording showcases the stunning voices and sublime arrangements that make the Real Group one of the very best in the business. Some of the songs on the recording have been in their repertoire for awhile but have never been recorded before by current group members Emma and Morton. They bring a fresh new interpretation of the material and its wonderful to hear how these old favorites have developed. There is also plenty of new material such as "Lucky Luke", the Daft Punk song "Harder Better Faster Stronger", the swingin' "Gee! Mine or Mozart's?" and Michael Jackson's "Bad". This reviewer has had the great pleasure of hearing the Real Group perform live and this recording helps relive the experience and for those of you who have not heard them live now here's your chance. The physical CD comes with a lovely color booklet chock full of photos and musings from the group members.

Songlist: Gota, Pass Me The Jazz, Nature Boy, Lucky Luke, Bad, Hellosong, A Life For Me, Catching The Big Fish, Harder Better Faster Stronger, Gee! Mine or Mozart's?, Love's Forever, Love's For You, For Me, For Now, Words, Julfemman, Mister Father, Count Basie Medley

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Performed by The Real Group | 22142c | 1 CD | $19.95 | A Cappella


Ro Sham Bo : It's Not Over : 00  1 CD

Ro Sham Bo : It's Not Over    onsale

Berkeley, CA's three man, three woman a cappella jazz ensemble Ro Sham Bo, who impressed us with a strong set at the '06 Harmony Sweeps Bay Area Regional (winning Best Original Arrangement and 2nd place overall), bring us this impressive debut CD of 12 songs. The salsa favorite "Mas Que Nada" starts the program, the brilliantly arranged "Nature Boy," the silly "Barney is the Devil," jazzy "Why Haven't I Heard From You," "Greasy Granny" and "It's Over," the bluenote, scattish "Anthopology," the Blues standard "God Bless the Child," the moody "Interlude" and the striking bluenote arrangement of "Ballgame," which was a special request that the group sang only one time, are favorites. "It's not over" is a beautifully selected, arranged and performed debut by this talented mixed Bay Area sextet!

Songlist: Mas Que Nada, Baghdad Cafe, Barney Is The Devil, Why Haven't I Heard From You, God Bless The Child, Greasy Granny, Nature Boy, Simple House, It's Over, Anthropology, Interlude, Ballgame

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7472c | 1 CD | $1.95 | A Cappella


Scottsdale Chorus : Anything Can Happen : 00  1 CD

Scottsdale Chorus : Anything Can Happen

Lori Lyford directs the 2006 International Chorus Winners the Scottsdale (AZ) Chorus in 13 beautiful, nostalgic songs. The liner notes have some colorful pictures of the group in performance, wearing red and hot green, and blue velour pantsuits, having the time of their lives. Favorites are "Make 'Em Laugh," "Lazy Day," "Nature Boy," "Cuddle Up A Little Closer," "Two Tickets to Georgia/Sentimental Gentleman Medley," "It's Your Song," "Swanee," the title tune, "This Time Around" and "Goodbye, World, Goodbye." A fun collection from one of Sweet Adelines' most dynamic groups.

Songlist: Make 'Em Laugh, Lazy Day, Nature Boy, Lover, Come Back To Me, Cuddle Up A Little Closer, Anything Can Happen, Two Tickets To Georgia/ Sentimental Gentleman Medley, Love Me and The World Is Mine, It's Your Song, What'll I Do?, Swanee, This Time Around, Goodbye World, Goodbye

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5845c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


The Singers Unlimited : The Complete A Cappella Sessions : 00  2 CDs

The Singers Unlimited : The Complete A Cappella Sessions    Out of Print

It doesn't get any better than this! After years of being available only on the box set here is a 2 CD release of all 33 a cappella recordings (not including Christmas) of quite probably the best vocal jazz group ever. The arrangements of Gene Puerling are simply exquisite and his ability to transform a song to completely new heights is astounding. We carry many thousands of a cappella CDs and this release is, in our opinion, the most essential CD for the collection of any serious fan of a cappella music!

Songlist: Both Sides Now , London By Night, Here, There And Everywhere, Lullabye, Michelle, The Fool On The Hill, Emily, Since You Asked, More I Cannot Wish You, Try To Remember, Clair, Killing Me Softly with His Song, Yesterday, My Romance, Lost In The Stars, April In Paris, Girl Talk, Nature Boy, I Don't Know Where I Stand, Autumn In New York, Like Someone In Love, Indian Summer, Anything Goes, The Way We Were, One More Time Chuck Corea, Sweet Lorraine, Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair, Someone To Light Up My Life, Love Is Here To Stay, The Entertainer, and more

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7612c | 2 CDs | $29.95 | A Cappella


Vocation : Vocation : 00  1 CD

Vocation : Vocation    onsale

Three men, three women sextet Vocation was formed in 1999 at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden,and were helped by conductor Lone Larsen in shaping their unique sound. Reviewers have compared them to a heady list - the Real Group, Take 6, Manhattan Transfer and the New York Voices. Playing regularily on Swedish radio and TV, Vocation won "Choice of the Audience Award" at the International Vocal Group Fest in Tilburg, Holland in 2002. Eleven songs, a few accompanied by jazz band, eight in English: Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing," "Without a Song," Johnny Mercer's "I Remember You" and "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Gee Baby ain't I Good to You?," plus the a cappella "Almost Like Being in Love," "Not Like This" and "Nature Boy." There's also three very nice pieces in Swedish, particularly "Nar Charlie ar fudd," with music by Hoagy Carmichael, we would guess that "Charlie" refers to jazz great Charlie Parker. The sound is bright and hot, the English flawless, and Vocation swims easily in the company of MT, NY Voices, Real Group and other big fishes in the vocal jazz school. A very impressive and enjoyable debut CD!

Songlist: It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Without A Song, Regnets sang, Nar Charlie ar todd, I Remember You, Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You, Almost Like Being In Love, Imorron, Hot Like This, Nature Boy, Come Rain of Come Shine

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7619c | 1 CD | $9.95 | Primarily a cappella


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Nature Boy : SATB : Paris Rutherford : Eden Ahbez : Nat King Cole :  1 CD : 00262856 : 888680728281

Paris Rutherford : Nature Boy

First recorded by Nat King Cole and since covered by countless pop and jazz singers and ensembles and used in multiple movies, here is a really cool arrangement in an easy Bossa groove. With a beautiful section for scat singing, well supported by the ensemble, and multiple soloists featured, this chart works for medium to advanced vocal jazz ensembles.

Arranger: Paris Rutherford | Composer: Eden Ahbez Performed By: Nat King Cole

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00262856 | Showtrax CD Available

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