[Dixielandjazz] Star Dust

Steve Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 3 09:59:47 PDT 2006

dingle at baldwin-net.com wrote (polite snip)

>> Bill Haesler wrote: (also politely snipped)

>> Was Carmichael's key D major?  I thought it
>> was D-flat major, and I have seen it written it in Db or C, but never
>> in D.

> Ingle:
> I believe it was in D-flat -- at least many of the brassplayers I know
> play it in that key. C is more common.

I'm with you Don and believe the correct key was Db. Some bands may play it
in C but I think probably because it is easier for them in C. My pocket
booklet which cross-references 2000 American Songbook tunes, alpha, by year,
by Broadway show, by composer, by key, by bands making it famous, says Db.

Sadly that book is no longer in print. It is invaluable when hunting for
tunes to play at a trio or quartet gig. No charts or anything, just tune
names. Luckily my bass and guitar guys know at least 2/3rds of them.


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