The Way You Look Tonight arranged for Jazz Octet by Rich Willey


“The Way You Look Tonight”  written by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern is from the film Swing Time. It was performed by Fred Astaire singing to Ginger Rogers.

In 2004 the Fred Astaire version finished at #43 in AFI’s 100 Years . . . 100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.


“The Way You Look Tonight”  written by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern, arranged for jazz octet by Rich Willey, ranked #43 in American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Movies  series of cinematic milestones.

The instrumentation for this arrangement is trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, baritone sax and rhythm section. Also included is a lead sheet in case you want to have a vocalist sing the melody.

This arrangement was contributed to a program by a band comprised of this instrumentation. The chart is a reharmonized head arrangement that uses standard chord changes during the blowing. It is suggested that the optional vocal chorus be accompanied using the standard chord changes.

117 written measures, ♩ = 166, basic “head arrangement” that allows you to open up and let your group blow.

The ensemble is written at an intermediate level of difficulty so that a good high school-level group will be able to pull this off although there are some reharmonizations that might require some rehearsal to hear and get right. The blowing section uses standard chord changes.

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A recording of this arrangement does exist, and when it turns up it will be posted right here. 😊


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