Duke Ellington’s enduring standard is presented here in an arrangement for 4 Trombones and Rhythm section (in a lead sheet format).
This arrangement is prepared as a “Head” chart where, after the initial rundown of the melody, the form is repeated for as many soloists as are desired before a final D.C. to play the head once again before ending. Chord changes for the solo section are provided in all parts for flexibility in soloist selection. There’s an optional tag repeat in asterisks near the end of the head as a cue for an easy repeat to take to close this tune out.
The lead trombone part requires high range capability up to a high “C” but all four parts remain reasonably appropriate to their roles in the section. This chart makes for a good opportunity for a trombone quartet to perform this tune in harmony with a rhythm section.