Category:   JAZZ CHOIRS
Composer:   Clarence Bassett
Arranger:   Steve Zegree
Publisher:   Shawnee Press
Edition:   A-1955
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Peg Sorensen
North St. Paul High School 2008
R&R Chair Jazz Choirs

One of the most famous songs recorded by Manhattan Transfer, this song has always been a favorite of my singers. The singers love to imitate the vocal style of Manhattan Transfer, especially the bass section. The basses sing on monosyllables while the other three voice parts sing the words. The first two verses feature a tenor solo. The solo/dance section may be played by a saxophone, or you may give your students a chance to experiment with vocal improvisation. This section would also make an excellent dance break. When my choirs have performed it, we used colored rain ponchos and wild designed umbrellas. We couldn’t find enough galoshes for everyone! Now, if we could only get it to rain on stage (like it did for “Singing in the Rain” in London!) I did, however, use sound and light effects to imitate thunder and lightning to start and conclude the piece. All ages will love this number!

Also available: guitar, bass and drums – Accompaniment/Full Performance cassette