This is one of my all-time favorites. It’s sad, sultry and romantic – everything a great jazz song should be. I’m the first to admit I’m not a good vocalist (I’m a player, NOT a singer), but I just had to try this piece. If you’re a for-real singer, take my arrangement and blow your audience away with something they may not have heard before.
“When Sunny Gets Blue” was written by Marvin Fisher and Jack Segal – originally recorded by none other than Johnny Mathis. But it took Nat King Cole to really put this one over the top and make it the jazz standard it is today. This tune is perfect in every way, but an idiot DJ named Rick Dees almost derailed its popularity by doing a stupid parody that somehow caught on with the masses. The first line is “When Sunny gets blue, her eyes get grey and cloudy”. But this creature Dees recorded it as “When Sunny sniffs glue, her eyes get red and bulgy”. That was 50 years ago, but I’d still like to wring his scrawny little neck.
My Yamaha has great saxophone sounds, and they really shine in this arrangement. Everybody loves a sax solo. Trot this one out in the middle of your last set. Hit the blue spots, wait for the crowd to quiet down a bit, then take them back to when music was really music. It would be a nice effect if you could squeeze out a tear or two, or at least let your voice crack a little. Just sayin’….