You Came a Long Way From St Louis


Here is Jon Harpin's transcription of the Shorty Rogers chart written for June Christy's 1962 "Big Band Specials" album. This is an unusual arrangement which switches between a Rock and Swing feel, and the rhythmic structure of many of the band backing lines give the chart a distinctive 1960's feel. The chart contains an Alto solo which may be played as-written or improvised from the chords provided. Also, there are a couple of modulations in the chart, just to keep things interesting. It opens in Bb, shifts to F for the instrumental section, remains in F for the vocal return and then modulates to C for the close. The Trumpet ranges are high (lead to high F#, 2nd to C# and 3rd to C) so this might be a chart to play earlier in the programme, rather than later. There are no sax doubles.

Part Number
Pop Rock & Swing
Arranged by
Shorty Rigers
Transcribed by
Jon Harpin
June Christy
2 mins 10 secs
Trumpets 1-4
F#6, C#6, C6, G5
Trombones 1-4
A4, G4, G4, F4
Medium / Advanced
Vocal Ranges
F3 - Bb4 (11 steps as sung)

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