“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.
The Bill Evans Arrangement
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.
The Form & Modulations
“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.