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Second Floor Music publishes the music of many great jazz composers, most of whom wrote their compositions for instrumental recordings. We want to invite vocalists to share this world of great music, so we're making lyric versions available when possible. Some of our composers have added lyrics to their own music, while others have benefited from the efforts of fine lyricists.

As a producer and arranger, I've always been interested in suggesting new material to artists. I've found that most singers relate to a new song suggestion best by hearing someone else sing it. In addition to short audio clips, we also have full tracks available, both with and without vocals (in MP3 format, 192 bit rate) in many cases.

If our recorded example isn't in your key and you can't readily figure out what your key would be, send your "comfort range"--low note to high note--to our vocal editor Gloria Cooper who will suggest the right key for you - then we'll post that version on the website for purchase.

Some of you may already have our Sing JAZZ! publication, a lead sheet song book containing 76 wonderful jazz songs. It's another valuable resource.

Please come back to see and hear new additions soon.
Don Sickler

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Vocal key: B-flat
Style: Medium swing


Recorded January 12, 13 and June 21, 1999, and released on "Steal The Moon" / Carolyn Leonhart (Sunnyside SSC1086D)

  • Voice - Carolyn Leonhart
  • Piano - Rob Bargad
  • Bass - Jay Leonhart
  • Drums - Billy Drummond
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Concert key: Gm
Style: Ballad or Bossa

 

  • Vocal - Nancy Valentine
  • Piano - Cecilia Coleman
  • Bass - Tim Givens
  • Drums - Vince Cherico

There is no key indication because it's not really in a regular definable key. However, it definitely has a minor flavor and very interesting chord progression. Hear the bossa version on this page, press the Details button to hear the ballad.

Exclusive Audio: complete (with vocal) and accompaniment only

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Vocal key: C
Style: Ballad


  • Vocal - Nancy Valentine
  • Piano - Cecilia Coleman
  • Bass - Tim Givens
  • Drums - Vince Cherico

Bassist George Duvivier wrote this song (words and music) in the mid-1940s when he was a young man in his early 20s. The beautiful chord progression and melody certainly shows how deep he had already become, musically and harmonically, at that young age.

Exclusive Audio: complete (with vocal) and accompaniment only.
   
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Vocal key: C minor
Style: Slow ballad


Recorded on December 7 and 9, 1998, and released on "Another World" / Dena DeRose (Sharp Nine CD1016-2)

  • Vocal - Dena DeRose
  • Flugelhorn - Ingrid Jenson
  • Trombone - Steve Davis
  • Alto Sax - Steve Wilson
  • Piano - Dena DeRose
  • Bass - Dwayne Burno
  • Drums - Mark Taylor
  • Percussion - Daniel Sadownick

Exclusive Audio: accompaniment only

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Vocal key: F or B-flat
Style: Medium swing


Recorded on August 27, 1947, and released on "The Bebop Boys" (Savoy SJL2225)

  • Vocals - Kenny Hagood
  • Trumpet - Elmon Wright
  • Alto Sax - Howard Johnson
  • Alto Sax - Ernie Henry
  • Baritone Sax - Cecil Payne
  • Piano - John Lewis
  • Bass - Nelson Boyd
  • Drums - Kenny Clarke
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Vocal key: F
Style: Ballad


  • Vocal - Nancy Valentine
  • Piano - Cecilia Coleman
  • Bass - Tim Givens
  • Drums - Vince Cherico

Pianist and composer Walter Davis, Jr. understood the power of lyrics and always knew the lyrics of the songs he played. He wrote quite a few songs himself, both words and music, that he never had a chance to record, like this lovely ballad.

Exclusive Audio: complete (with vocal) and accompaniment only.
 
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Vocal key: B-flat
Style: Medium swing


Recorded on October 1, 2004, and released on "Dedicated To You" / Gloria Cooper (Origin 82450)

  • Vocal, Piano - Gloria Cooper
  • Trumpet - Don Sickler
  • Tenor Sax - Wayne Escoffery
  • Guitar - Freddie Bryant
  • Bass - Tim Givens
  • Drums - Vince Cherico
  • Arranger - Don Sickler

This lyric speaks of a budding romance between two people whose eyes, we ultimately discover in a nice bit of surprise, are the same color. L. Aziza Miller wrote the delightful lyric to Tommy Turrentine's instrumental Glo's Theme.

Exclusive Audio: complete (with vocal) and accompaniment only.
 
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Concert key: D-flat or A-flat
Style: Ballad


Recorded on January 22 and 23, 2001 and released on "Love Is For The Birds" / Meredith d'Ambrosio (Sunnyside SSC 1101D)

  • Vocal - Meredith d'Ambrosio
  • Piano - Lee Musiker
  • Bass - Jay Leonhart
  • Drums - Joe Ascione
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Concert key: D
Style: Folk song


First recorded on October 1 and 2, 1984, and released on "The Crossing" / Sheila Jordan (Black Hawk BKH50501).

  • Vocal - Sheila Jordan
  • Bass - Harvie Swartz

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Concert key: C and D
Style: Medium swing


Recorded on October 5, 2007, by Judy Niemack for jazzleadsheets.com.

  • Vocal - Judy Niemack
  • Trumpets - Don Sickler
  • Piano - Norman Simmons
  • Bass - John Webber
  • Drums - Victor Lewis
  • Arranger - Don Sickler

This is a great Johnny Griffin title, fun to sing with Judy Niemack's lyric.

Exclusive Audio: complete (with vocal) and accompaniment only.

Singers' Corner feature  - also see the instrumental lead sheet Sweet Sucker

 

Concert key: A-flat
Style: Ballad


Recorded in October and November, 1988, by Rachel Gould on A Sip Of Your Touch / Riccardo Del Fra (Ida IDACD 021)

  • Vocal - Rachel Gould
  • Bass - Riccardo del Fra

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Vocal key: B-flat
Style: Ballad


Recorded on October 23, 2004, by Rachel Gould for jazzleadsheets.com

  • Vocal - Rachel Gould
  • Piano - Cecilia Coleman
  • Bass - Tim Givens
  • Drums - Vince Cherico

The lead sheet shows how expertly master vocalist/lyricist Mark Murphy crafted his lyric to fit the beautiful ballad melody of Fritz Pauer's instrumental composition Sound Within An Empty Room.

Exclusive Audio: complete (with vocal) and accompaniment only
 

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Vocal key: C
Style: Medium African feel


Recorded on October 5, 2007, by Judy Niemack exclusively for jazzleadsheets.com

  • Voice - Judy Niemack
  • Bass - John Webber
  • Drums - Victor Lewis
  • Horns - Don Sickler

Exclusive Audio: complete (with vocal) and accompaniment only

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Concert key: B-flat
Style: Medium Latin


Recorded on November 23, 2002, and released on "Tina May Sings The Ray Bryant Songbook" (33 Records 33JAZZ 150)

  • Vocal - Tina May
  • Piano - Ray Bryant
  • Trumpet - Don Sickler
  • Alto Sax - Bobby Porcelli
  • Tenor Sax - Patience Higgins
  • Baritone Sax - Jay Brandford
  • Bass - Tim Givens
  • Drums - Vince Cherico
  • Arranger - Don Sickler

This is the lyric version of Ray Bryant's instrumental Cuban Fantasy. Ray Bryant's been a fan of Tina May's singing since they first met in Paris in 1997. They collaborated in a wonderful project, Tina May Sings The Ray Bryant Songbook, with Tina writing lyrics and singing. The album is a definitive recording of Ray Bryant's compositions with lyrics sung and mostly written by Tina with arrangements by Don Sickler.

Exclusive Audio: complete (with vocal) and accompaniment only.
 

Singers' Corner feature  - also see the instrumental lead sheet Cuban Fantasy

 

Vocal key: G minor
Style: Bossa


Recorded on October 1, 2004, and released on "Dedicated To You" / Gloria Cooper (Origin 82450)

  • Vocal, Piano - Gloria Cooper
  • Trumpet - Don Sickler
  • Tenor Sax - Wayne Escoffery
  • Guitar - Freddie Bryant
  • Bass - Tim Givens
  • Drums - Vince Cherico
  • Arranger - Don Sickler

Exclusive Audio: complete (with vocal) and accompaniment only.
 
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Concert key: B-flat
Style: Medium swing


Recorded on July 24, 2004, and released on "Wishing On The Moon" / Meredith d'Ambrosio (Sunnyside SSC1159)

  • Vocal - Meredith d'Ambrosio
  • muted Trumpet - Don Sickler
  • Piano - Cecilia Coleman
  • Bass - Tim Givens
  • Drums - Vince Cherico
  • Arranger - Don Sickler
Exclusive Audio: accompaniment only
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