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The Music

We have roughly 2,500 charts in our library, far more than even the youngest of us is likely to live to play. Here's a small sampling. Many titles will be familiar, but not all. Our performances are solidly grounded in big-band standards, but more recent and less familiar compositions are also well represented. We play lots of dance numbers, of course, but we also like to perform "concert" pieces that no one in his right mind would want to dance to.

It's hard to take requests at gigs, unless the music you want is already in our folders, but we welcome suggestions for the future. We're always looking to add to our library, and we'll do our best to find an arrangement of anything you propose.

(At one of our Stratford Festival gigs, a dance for the cast of "The King and I," one of the children in the show came up and requested the Chicken Dance. It went to our hearts to have to turn her down. . . . )

Our complete repertory is available as an Excel document; get in touch (click on "Contact Us" at left) if you'd like a copy.

  • A-B-C Boogie   -   Max Spickol & Al Russell
  • Accentuate the Positive   -   Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen
  • An Afternoon Affair   -   Mike Pendowski
  • Ain't That a Shame   -   Fats Domino
  • All About the Blues   -   Carl Strommen
  • All of Me   -   Seymour Simons & Gerald Marks
  • All the Way   -   James Van Heusen
  • April Love   -   Sammy Fain & Paul F. Webster
  • Almost Like Being in Love   -   Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe
  • April Love   -   Sammy Fain & Paul F. Webster
  • Altered States   -   Mike Tomaro
  • Around the World   -   Victor Young & Harold Adamson
  • Ask Anyone Who Knows   -   Eddie Seiler et al.
  • As Long as I'm Singing   -   Bobby Darin
  • Back Home   -   Sammy Nestico
  • Bahama Cruisin'   -   Mark Taylor
  • Balboa Bash   -   Ralph Yaw
  • Ballad for Holly   -   Rich Matteson
  • Basie - Straight Ahead   -   Sammy Nestico
  • Between You and Me and the Gatepost   -   Lennie Niehaus
  • A Big-Band Christmas   -  
  • Birdland   -   Josef Zawinul & Jon Hendricks
  • The Birth of the Blues   -   B.G. DeSilva et al.
  • Blue Cellophane   -   Duke Ellington
  • Blue Note Special   -   Mike Tomaro
  • Blues in the Night   -   Johnny Mercer & Harold Arlen
  • Blue Skies   -   Irving Berlin
  • Blue Tango   -   Leroy Anderson
  • Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy   -   Don Raye & Hughie Prince
  • Brazil   -   Ary Barroso
  • Broadway   -   Bill Byrd et al.
  • Cabaret   -   John Kander & Fred Ebb
  • Caminito   -   C. Penaloza & J.D. Filiberto
  • Canadian Sunset   -   Norman Gimbel & Eddie Heywood
  • Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man   -   Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern
  • Caravan   -   Duke Ellington et al.
  • Carnaby Street   -   Sammy Nestico
  • Cat Race   -   Toshio Mashima
  • Charade   -   Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo   -   Mack Gordon & Harry Warren
  • Cherokee   -   Ray Noble
  • Cocktails for Two Cha Cha   -   Arthur Johnston & Sam Coslow
  • Count on It   -   Jeff Jarvis
  • Country Toad   -   Chris Gallaher
  • Cry Me a River   -   Arthur Hamilton
  • La Cucaracha   -   traditional
  • La Cumparsita   -   G.H. Matos Rodriguez
  • Curly   -   Kuld & Maxwell
  • The Darktown Strutters Ball   -   Shelton Brooks
  • Dear Heart   -   Henry Mancini
  • Deep Purple   -   Mitchell Parish & Peter de Rose
  • Didn't We   -   Jimmy Webb
  • Disc Jockey Jump   -   Gene Krupa & Gerry Mulligan
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore   -   Duke Ellington & Bob Russell
  • Don't Know Why   -   Jess Harris
  • Down Basie Street   -   Dave Wolpe
  • Eager Beaver   -   Stan Kenton & Milton Raskin
  • Easy to Love   -   Cole Porter
  • Ebb Tide   -   Carl Sigman & Robert Maxwell
  • Edelweiss   -   Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Eso Beso   -   J. & N. Sherman
  • Fascination   -   F.D. Marchetti & Dick Manning
  • Fever   -   John Davenport & Eddie Cooley
  • Fly Me to the Moon   -   Bart Howard
  • A Foggy Day   -   George & Ira Gershwin
  • For All We Know   -   Sam M. Lewis & J. Fred Coots
  • For Once in My Life   -   Ronald Miller & Orlando Murden
  • Forty-Second Street   -   Harry Warren & Al Dubin
  • Four Brothers   -   Jimmy Giuffre
  • Georgia on My Mind   -   Hoagie Carmichael
  • Get It to Go   -   Glenn Kostur
  • A Ghost of a Chance   -   Bing Crosby et al.
  • The Glory of Love   -   Billy Hill (vocal )
  • Gone Fishin'   -   Sammy Nestico
  • Gone With the Wind   -   Herb Magidson & Allie Wrubel
  • Green Eyes   -   Nilo Menendez
  • Groovin' Hard   -   Don Menza
  • Harlem Nocturne   -   Earle Hagen
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas   -   Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane
  • Hay Burner   -   Sammy Nestico
  • Hello and Goodbye   -   Bob Brookmeyer
  • Hello, Dolly!   -   Jerry Herman
  • Here's That Rainy Day   -   Johnny Burke & James Van Heusen
  • Hey, Good Lookin'   -   Hank Williams
  • Hip Hoppin'   -   Lenny Stack
  • How High the Moon   -   Morgan Lewis & Nancy Hamilton
  • How Long Has This Been Going On?   -   George & Ira Gershwin
  • I Can't Get Started   -   Vernon Duke & Ira Gershwin
  • I Don't Want to Walk Without You   -   Jule Styne & Frank Loesser
  • I Hear Music   -   Frank Loesser & Burton Lane
  • I Left My Heart in San Francisco   -   Douglass Cross & George Cory
  • I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart   -   Duke Ellington et al.
  • I Like Be-Bop   -   Antonio Garcia
  • I'll Remember April   -   Don Raye et al.
  • I'm Beginning to See the Light   -   Rory Bourke
  • I'm Getting Sentimental Over You   -   Ned Washington & George Bassman
  • In a Mellow Tone   -   Duke Ellington & Milton Gabler
  • Indiana   -   Ballard MacDonald & James F. Hanley
  • In the Mood   -   Joe Garland
  • I Remember Clifford   -   Benny Golson
  • It Could Happen to You   -   Johnny Burke & James Van Heusen
  • It Don't Mean a Thing   -   Duke Ellington
  • I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm   -   Irving Berlin
  • I've Got You Under My Skin   -   Cole Porter
  • Jalousie   -   Jacob Gade & Vera Bloom
  • Jamaica Skies   -   Harry King & Pol Stone
  • Java   -   Freddy Friday et al.
  • The Jeep Is Jumpin'   -   Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges
  • Johnson Rag   -   Guy Hall & Henry Kleinkauf
  • Juan of These Days   -   Les Hooper
  • Jumpin' at the Web-Site   -   Lenny Stack
  • Just a Closer Walk   -   trad.
  • Katy   -   Sammy Nestico
  • Kisses Sweeter Than Wine   -   Joel Newman & Paul Campbell
  • The Lady Is a Tramp   -   Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers
  • Lassus Trombone   -   Henry Fillmore
  • The Last Waltz   -   Les Reed & Barry Mason
  • A Latin Affair   -   Dave Black & Gordon Brisker
  • Liechtensteiner Polka   -   Ed. Kotscher & R. Lindt
  • Little Brown Jug   -   trad.
  • A Little Money in January   -   Jim Ahrens
  • The Look of Love   -   Burt Bacharach & Hal David
  • Lover Man   -   Jimmy Davis et al.
  • Lullaby of Birdland   -   George Shearing
  • Magic Moments   -   Hal David & Burt Bacharach
  • Makin' Whoopee!   -   Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn
  • Mame   -   Jerry Herman
  • Manteca   -   Dizzie Gillespie et al.
  • The Man With the Horn   -   Jack Jenney et al.
  • Maybe Next Time   -   Lennie Niehaus
  • Midnight Passage   -   Ralph Gingery
  • Misty   -   Erroll Garner
  • Moments to Remember   -   Robert Allen & Al Stillman
  • Moonlight Serenade   -   Mitchell Parish & Glenn Miller
  • Moon River   -   Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
  • My Funny Valentine   -   Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers
  • Narnian Dance   -   Kris Berg
  • The Nearness of You   -   Hoagie Carmichael & Ned Washington
  • New Girl in Town   -   Bob Merrill
  • New Sneakerin'   -   John LaBarbera
  • New York, New York   -   Fred Ebb & John Kander
  • Nice 'n' Easy   -   Lew Spence et al.
  • Nice Work if You can Get It   -   George & Ira Gershwin
  • Nightowl   -   Mark Taylor
  • Night Train   -   Oscar Washington et al.
  • One O'Clock Jump   -   Count Basie
  • Orange Colored Sky   -   Milton DeLugg & Willie Stein
  • Out of Nowhere   -   Edward Heyman & Johnny Green
  • Outside Pocket   -   Rob Berry
  • Over the Rainbow   -   Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg
  • Peaceful Thunder   -   Louie Bellson & Dave Black
  • Peg o' My Heart   -   Fred Fisher & Alfred Bryan
  • Pennsylvania 6-5000   -   Carl Sigman & Jerry Gray
  • Phunky Speakin'   -   Victor Lopez
  • Pressure Cooker   -   Sammy Nestico
  • The Queen Bee   -   Sammy Nestico
  • Quiet Time   -   Jeff Taylor
  • Rainy Sunday   -   Carroll DeCamp
  • Rock Around the Clock   -   Max C. Freedman & Jimmy DeKnight
  • Rocks in My Bed   -   Duke Ellington
  • Route 66   -   Bobby Troup
  • Royal Garden Blues   -   Clarence & Spencer Williams
  • Safety Net Blues   -   Dave Barduhn
  • Saint Louis Blues   -   W.C. Handy
  • Samba Domingo   -   Bob Lowden
  • Satin Doll   -   Duke Ellington et al.
  • Second Hand Rose   -   James F. Hanley & Grant Clarke
  • Sentimental Journey   -   Bud Green et al.
  • 720 in the Books   -   Jan Savitt & Johnny Watson
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll   -   Charles Calhoun
  • Silk Stockings   -   Cole Porter
  • Silver Bells   -   Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
  • Since I Fell for You   -   Buddy Johnson
  • Sing, Sing, Sing   -   Louis Prima
  • Skylark   -   Hoagie Carmichael & Johnny Mercer
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue   -   Richard Rodgers
  • Sleigh Ride   -   Leroy Anderson
  • Sluefoot   -   Johnny Mercer
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes   -   Jerome Kern & Otto Harbach
  • Somebody Loves Me   -   George Gershwin et al.
  • Somethin' Stupid   -   C. Carson Parks
  • Sophisticated Lady   -   Duke Ellington et al.
  • Speak Low   -   Kurt Weill & Ogden Nash
  • Star Dust   -   Hoagy Carmichael & Mitchell Parish
  • Stars Fell on Alabama   -   Frank Perkins & Mitchell Parish
  • Stella by Starlight   -   Victor Young & Ned Washington
  • Stompin' at the Savoy   -   Benny Goodman et al.
  • Stormy Weather   -   Ted Koehler & Harold Arlen
  • The Stripper   -   David Rose
  • Summertime   -   George Gershwin & DuBose Heyward
  • Sunny   -   Bobby Hebb
  • Sway   -   N. Gimbel & P.B. Ruiz
  • The Sweetest Sounds   -   Richard Rodgers
  • Sweet Georgia Brown   -   Ben Bernie et al.
  • The Swingin' Shepherd Blues   -   Moe Koffman et al.
  • Take the "A" Train   -   Billy Strayhorn
  • Take Your Time   -   Ken Harris
  • Tequila   -   Chuck Rio
  • There Will Never Be Another You   -   Mack Gordon & Harry Warren
  • They Were Doin' the Mambo   -   Sonny Burke & Don Rave
  • Times Are Gettin' Better   -   Pete Coulman
  • Tonight   -   Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim
  • Topsy Turvy   -   Lennie Niehaus
  • Tribute to Miller   -   Carroll DeCamp
  • Tuning Up   -   Toshiko Akiyoshi
  • Tuxedo Junction   -   Erskine Hawkins et al.
  • The Wall Street Rag   -   Bud Coleman
  • Watermelon Man   -   Herbie Hancock
  • Whatever Will Be, Will Be   -   Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
  • What's on Your Mind?   -   Art Wiggins
  • When the Saints Go Marchin' In   -   trad.
  • White Christmas   -   Irving Berlin
  • Who's Sorry Now?   -   Ted Snyder et al.
  • Willow Weep for Me   -   Ann Ronell
  • Winter Wonderland   -   Dick Smith & Felix Bernard
  • Witchcraft   -   Cy Coleman
  • A Woman in Love   -   Frank Loesser
  • Woodchopper's Ball   -   Joe Bishop & Woody Herman
  • Yesterday   -   John Lennon & Paul McCartney
  • You Are Too Beautiful   -   Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers
  • You Made Me Love You   -   Joe McCarthy & James V. Monaco
  • You Make Me Feel So Young   -   Josef Myrow & Mack Gordon
  • Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart   -   James F. Hanley


 
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