April 2022:"Everything But You" by Duke Ellington, Harry James, and Don George, arranged by Kirby Shaw
submitted by Samantha Roberts
Vocal Jazz, Contemporary, & Commercial Music R&R Chair
"Everything But You" was written in 1945 by the great Duke Ellington and Harry James, with lyrics by Don George. Kirby Shaw's arrangement of "Everything But You" was published in 2020 and it can be sung with SATB, SAB, or SSA voicings. I think that more advanced high school ensembles would enjoy the SATB/SSA versions. Due to the tight voicings, and 3 part women's splits, a younger, less experienced, high school ensemble would do better with the SAB version.
I think this is a great piece for choirs who are working on perfecting tight voicings and tight harmonies because this song is full of them. I really like that there is a pretty significant scat soli section in the middle of the song. Learning a scat soli section like this is a really great way to get students introduced to scat singing and it opens them up to learning new syllables that they can use when soloing. I also really like the range in this piece. Often times in vocal jazz music (especially high school level or higher), the range of certain parts may be outside of what a typical high school student is capable of singing. Sometimes the bass part is really low or the soprano/tenor parts are really high. This entire song is in a really comfortable range for the typical high school student.
I also think that it is great that this piece has a couple of accompaniment options. This piece comes with a written piano accompaniment, which is great for ensembles and directors that might not have access to a rhythm section. You also have the option to buy this piece with written drum, guitar, and bass parts. This is a great option for those ensembles that have access to a rhythm section that can play with them.
Kirby Shaw website: http://www.kirbyshaw.com/
Score Preview: https://www.jwpepper.com/Everything-But-You/11306522.item#.YkEWaRPMKz1
Reference Recording: https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&productID=11306522&type=audio