Goin' To Chicago Blues


Written by Count Basie and his vocalist, Jimmy Rushing, this tune was a staple of the easy Basie band. The chart that we offer here is a later vocal version written for Peggy Lee by Quincy Jones. It still retains a certain Basie flavour, as one might expect from a QJ chart. The band backings complement the vocal lines and the instrumental bridge has a great double-time feel at its heart. The brass ranges are quite high. You will need a lead Trumpet who can repeatedly hit a written high F (four times in the chart) and the lead Trombone reaches high C too. IF your players have the chops this chart is for them. There are no sax doubles and the vocal key is C throughout.

Part Number
Arranged by
Quincy Jones
Transcribed by
Jon Harpin
Peggy Lee
2 mins 35 secs
Trumpets 1-4
F6, D6, D6, G5
Trombones 1-4
C5, A4, G4, Eb4
Medium / Advanced
Vocal Ranges
D3 - C5 (14 steps, as sung)
Vocal Key

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