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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Sheet music for "Joe Jazz" (1930)

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sethb - Posted - 01/22/2020:  11:29:28

I'm looking for the sheet music for a 1930 tune called "Joe Jazz," written by Richard Whiting. It was used in the 1930 Pre-Code movie musical "Let's Go Native" with Jeannette MacDonald, and was sung by Jack Oakie. You can see/hear the number on YouTube: It's a highly syncopated tune, with a very interesting orchestration.

All my usual sources (eBay, university sheet music collections, Google, Amazon, etc.) have turned up dry. Apparently a good number of the songs from this film musical were issued individually as sheet music by Famous Music, Inc., the music publishing arm of Paramount Pictures. And there may also have been a folio that included most of the tunes, including "Joe Jazz," but that hasn't turned up yet either.

If anyone has the sheet music for this tune, or knows of any other possible avenues to explore, I'd appreciate it. SETH

Edited by - sethb on 01/22/2020 11:30:21

guitarbanjoman - Posted - 01/23/2020:  06:44:13

Seth, I’m guessing that if Vince Giordano doesn’t have the music for this tune, the nobody will.

He and the Nighthawks play every Monday and Tuesday night at the Iguana Restaurant
240 W. 54th St.

In the past, he generously provided me with copies of a lot of rare Venuti-Lang sheet music which I was looking for back when I played my guitar with a jazz violinist...

Good luck!


guitarbanjoman - Posted - 01/23/2020:  14:40:51

I forgot to mention that Vince has amassed a legendary amount of sheet music and band arrangements from the twenties.

Now, whether he can actually find an arrangement of one particular tune in his vast collection is a different question...

But good luck, anyway!


sethb - Posted - 01/26/2020:  16:07:39

Thanks for the Giordano tip, I'll give it a try! SETH

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