Just Friends - Score Only (arr. @Jhavilah) by John Klenner Sheet Music for Jazz Ensemble at Sheet Music Direct
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Just Friends - Score Only (arr. @Jhavilah) Digital Sheet Music
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Just Friends - Score Only (arr. @Jhavilah)by John Klenner Jazz Ensemble - Digital Sheet Music

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"Just Friends" is a jazz standard composed by John Klenner with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis. It was first recorded in 1931 by Red McKenzie and his Orchestra, and has since become a beloved classic in the jazz world. The song's catchy melody and playful lyrics have made it a popular choice for jazz musicians and singers over the years.

The song is often played at a moderate tempo, and features a swinging, upbeat rhythm that is typical of the jazz music of the time. The melody is catchy and memorable, with its playful, syncopated phrasing and use of chromaticism. The lyrics tell the story of a couple who have decided to end their romantic relationship but remain friends, with lines like "Just friends, lovers no more, just friends, but not like before."

Over the years, "Just Friends" has been covered by many jazz greats, including Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, and Billie Holiday. Each artist brings their own unique interpretation to the song, showcasing their individual improvisational skills and musicality. The song has also been used in several films and television shows, cementing its place in popular culture.

Despite its popularity, "Just Friends" remains a challenging piece to play, requiring both technical proficiency and a deep understanding of the nuances of jazz music. Its enduring appeal is a testament to the power of great songwriting, and to the lasting impact of jazz music on popular culture.

This product was created by a member of ArrangeMe, Hal Leonard's global self-publishing community of independent composers, arrangers, and songwriters. ArrangeMe allows for the publication of unique arrangements of both popular titles and original compositions from a wide variety of voices and backgrounds.

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