"Over By Here (There)’ The Chicago Love Song"

Year of composition
John Philips
Easy (Grades 1-3)
4 minutes
Jazz music
Big band
Instrumental parts

This is a funky 2 beat built on double (24 bar) blues. It has an optional vocal, cued in for alto ,sax that should be sung thru a megaphone like the old Winchester Cathedral. The title comes from a pattern of speech found only in Chicago where people still say "over by here and over by there". It swings well and invites a couple tambourines playing on 2 and 4. This is a fun chart but is very correct musically even if you expect the Blues Brothers to show up when it’s played. It can be opened for solos if needed. Don’t get too serious about the vocal, it’s best with your worst singer, maybe with a clothes-pin on his nose. Enjoy it with your audience.

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