Episode 8: Nanouche, “Hot Stuff”

Nanoversity of Jazz/Manouche arrangement of “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer. Chart available at leahpogwizd.com. Model recording created using Band-in-a-Box® and Finale software.  

Earlier this year, a friend of mine asked me to arrange Gypsy jazz versions of LGBT classics (think, “It’s Raining Men” and “I Will Survive”) for his wedding. To top off the awesomeness, I got to play the wedding with an amazing group of Seattle-based female musicians. Now that I’m in Birmingham, I wanted to create model recordings for my West Coast crew. Enter Band-in-a-Box® (with an assist from Finale)!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting model recordings and charts for various arrangements. I started with “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer because it seemed fitting for the hottest part of summer…

See below for model recording and chart. I changed the feel from disco to slow Gypsy swing and made some of the chords a little more “jazzy.”

I’m hoping to eventually create written basslines, solos, and melodies specifically for bassists. In the meantime, feel free to share any questions, comments, or suggestions. Thanks for listening!

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