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Here’s That Rainy Day

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Here’s That Rainy Day was written by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Burke. Published in 1953 and and first introduced in the Broadway musical Carnival in Flanders, this tune became a huge hit not only in the jazz world but in pop as well. A slew of hit artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Rosemary Clooney, Bill Evans, and Freddie Hubbard, to name a few, recorded and performed this tune. The former late-night show host Johnny Carson claimed that Frank Sinatra’s version of “Here’s That Rainy Day” was his favorite ballad. Though a staple ballad piece, it has been performed in many different styles including bossa and swing. The most common jam session key for instrumentalist is G major.

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


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