Do the Monkey Swing

Click below to listen to a short sample of the fabulous Grammy-winning Al Jarreau singing “Do the Monkey Swing”

Al at the Mic  

“Do the Monkey Swing” is reminiscent of the “Big Band” swing tunes of the 1930’s and ‘40’s, featuring a musical device called “stop time” where the band appears to stop on heavy accents but the rhythm or time continues. The song also features what is known as a “Count Basie Ending” – emulating what the famous Big Band leader Count Basie would play on the piano at the end of a lot of his arrangements.  Jazz legend Al Jarreau brought his uniquely distinctive vocal style to this song.

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