My Blue Heaven by The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. Edited by Jeffrey Sultanof and Rob Duboff. Arranged by Sy Oliver. For big band with vocal trio (Lead Vocal, Backing Vocal Duet, 2 Alto Saxophones, 2 Tenor Saxophones, Baritone Saxophone, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums.). Recorded by the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. Swing. Medium. Score and parts. Published by Jazz Lines Publications (JL.JLP-9283).
Sy Oliver was the chief arranger for the Jimmie Lunceford band from 1934 though 1939. Many of Sy's compositions and arrangements are classics, which he wrote and copied for the princely sum of $2.50! In December of 1935, the Lunceford organization recorded one of the great hits of the swing era, My Blue Heaven, which had been popular several years earlier. Oliver was a master at taking older songs and reinvigorating them for Lunceford, and later the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. My Blue Heaven stayed in the Lunceford band book until the band broke up in the early fifties. Sometime in the late 1940s, several Lunceford classics were recopied, no doubt because the original parts were worn out, torn up, or simply marked up and unreadable. This edition of My Blue Heaven derives from these new parts, indicating how the band played this classic years after the original recording. Jeff Sultanof transcribed parts that were missing, as well as changing some things back to the way the band originally played this in 1935. The vocal parts were originally sung by members of the band. 3 separate vocal parts have been provided (lead vocal accompanied by a vocal duet). This is a classic arrangement from the Swing Era.