Puttin’ On The Ritz by Irving Berlin ♫ for vocalist + septet arranged by Rich Willey


Do you know the first song to be sung by a multiracial ensemble in American cinema? Written in 1927, introduced by Harry Richman and chorus in the 1930 musical film Puttin’ On the Ritz.

Now you can play this very hip funk/jazz version with a little hint of J.S. Bach thrown in for extra fun!


Puttin’ On The Ritz  by Irving Berlin ♫ Vocalist + Septet, arranged by Rich Willey.

Fun, funky and jazzy arrangement of this 1929 blockbuster. in the key of F minor starting with an instrumental intro (verse) and followed by a full ensemble rendition of melody before the vocal chorus.

Open for solos followed by full ensemble “soli” chorus. After soli section there is a 15-bar “fugue” for the horns followed by a totally different arrangement of the melody for the out-chorus.

Arranged to be played at ♩ = 180, this arrangement is flexible, allowing for vocal chorus(es) and multiple solo choruses. Total arrangement length is 165 bars, difficulty level is intermediate to advanced. This is practically an epic arrangement that’s a tried and true crowd-pleaser.

Written solos for any of our charts may be special ordered at a reasonable cost. Email us through our contact page with any and all inquiries.

This flexible septet comes with parts for Trumpet or Alto Sax 1, Alto Sax or Trumpet 2,  Tenor Sax 3, Trombone or Tenor Sax 4, Piano, Bass, Drums, and Vocal Lead Sheet in a PDF that you’ll be able to download immediately upon submission of your order.

View Puttin’ On The Ritz  melody and lyrics:  Puttin’ On The Ritz by Irving Berlin / Free PDF of vocalist lead sheet

Hear Rich perform the entire arrangement (trumpet/bass trumpet/vocal) with ProTools and a MIDI rhythm section:


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