On the Sunny Side of the Street

Performance by UT Austin Jazz Ensemble.

On the Sunny Side of the Street is an arrangement of the 1930 composition of the same name by Jimmy McHugh – with a twist. The chord changes are not from the original tune but rather from Ray Noble’s “Cherokee,” another composition from the 1930s. I made this new combination of two very old tunes for an all-star North Texas big band of high school and college students in 2016. The band was selected by Austin Zhang (NYC saxophonist, Manhattan School of Music) to perform for a 1930s big band music night. So, when Austin asked me to write a chart for the band, I made sure to stick to tradition in my arranging but, at the same time, innovate with the material I had. I hope you enjoy On the Sunny Side of the Street.