"Emily" Jazz Standard Tutorial
In this lesson, we will create a solo piano arrangement of Johnny Mandel’s song ‘Emily’. This tune is played in many different keys, but for this lesson, we will create an arrangement in the key of G similar to the Bill Evans recordings of the tune.
We will be using the Bill Evans’ arrangement as a guideline, as it is one of the most famous and influential recordings of the tune. Another great version to check out is the Stan Getz recording, also with Bill Evans on piano.
"Emily" follows an A B A C form. The first A is in the key of G, The B Section modulates to the key of E, and the C part starts with the relative minor Em and then stays in the key of G throughout.