This classic old jazz standard penned in 1902 by Hughie Cannon gets a funky coat in this treatment.Originally a vaudeville song about a performer that drinks to excess and seeks the company of other women until his wife throws him out of their home for his debauchery. “Won’t you came home Bill Bailey” (the full title of the song) has always been a favourite of Dixieland and jazz bands, but this arrangement adds some fire, funk and punch to this jazz standard, complete with a semi-fugal treatment of the melody, a “Supersax” type chorus from the sax team and a double time swing piano solo and trombone section chorus. The chart then modulates and returns to the funk feel for the final rousing finale.
Technical and Ranges: Tpt 1: D above stave (only a few times) Trom 1: Ab above stave (only once). 4th Trom: Bass or trigger (low “C”)
Moderate technical and rhythmic difficulty. Semi-quaver lines occasionally. Soloist: Written/Impro: Piano. Written sax team solo.