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Out of Nowhere

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“Out Of Nowhere” is a tune by American composer Johnny Green with lyrics by Edward Heyman.
Green dedicated this song to his first wife Carol who persuaded him to abandon his financial career in order to pursue his musical career. Bing Crosby was the first to record this tune in 1931 making it his very first hit as a solo artist. Coleman Hawkins joined by guitarist Django Reinhardt and Benny Carter did a rendition of this tune in 1937. Hawkins’ solo on this tune was so well done that jazz historian Chris Tyle had this to say:
“The group’s rendition of “Out of Nowhere” is great from the start, with an intro by Reinhardt. Carter (on trumpet) plays the first chorus, punctuated by fills from Django. The next two choruses are Hawkins at his best. It’s no wonder that tenor saxophonists shied away from recording numbers Hawkins had done; in fact, there wouldn’t be another tenor player to attempt this tune until Don Byas in 1945.”
“Out Of Nowhere” was also featured in the 1931 Paramount western comedy “Dude Ranch”.
This tune is most commonly played in the key of 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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