Li’l Liza Jane is a perennial favorite of all kinds of bands and is certainly a staple in the New Orleans Brass Band repertoire. The song has unknown origins, but was first published in 1916 purportedly by the ”Countess Ada de Lachau”. It’s found a home on numerous recordings from Dr. John and Huey Smith to Bluegrass and Rock ‘N Roll bands.
The PHDS version leans more to a 20s style dance feel with the horns off the top on a big, raucous melody with harmonies and the hits. Then the vocals take over with a call and response. We’ve even included a classic interlude in this version that has been forgotten by many bands — not to be missed!
Composer: Trad. Standard
Instrumentation: Vocal lead, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Opt. Alto Sax, Opt. Tenor Sax, Opt. Bari Sax, Drums, Bass, Guitar/Banjo, Piano
Tempo: Quarter = 220
Style: Swing/Four to the Floor
Length: Depends on solos
Solos: Open Solo Section
Trumpet Top Note: G at the top of the Staff (F5)
Vocal Range: F in the Bass Clef (F3) to F in the Staff (F4)
Rehearsal/Conductor’s Score: Optional Add On
Optional Parts: Tuba in F for Bass
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