Arranger SCHOEN, VIC
Composer PORTER, COLE
Voicing/Instrument JAZZ ENSEMBLE W/VOCAL
Publisher JAZZ LINES DISTRIBUTION
Dixieland Swing, Male Vocal/SSA w/Big Band
This is Vic Schoen's great arrangement of Begin the Beguine that was done for the unstoppable Andrews Sisters. The sisters had a major hit with this arrangement in 1939. The chart opens in a Dixieland 2 feel and stays there until measure 51 where it changes to a swing feel in 4. The vocal parts have been written out as-played and is trio throughout except for a 16 measure solo written on voice 2. Tenor saxophone 1 is on clarinet throughout (though the part can be played on tenor if need be). As is the case with most of the Andrews Sisters arrangements, there are great band fills in between vocal phrases. The vocal key starts in Bb then modulates to G then finishes up in Ab.