We are heading back to the jazz standards this week at Piano Pieces. On the Sunny Side of the Street just happens to be one of our favourite songs over here and so the chance to showcase it could not be missed. Composed by Jimmy McHugh in 1930 the tune has been played and recorded but pretty much every notable jazz musician that we can think of. The reason for this, we suspect, is that the chords for this song are so much fun to solo over. Of course, it’s a great melody and a wonderful song to sing but the world of jazz has embraced this song as much for it’s harmony as with the tune itself. Our favourite recordings include those produced by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
The sheet music and chords below for On the Sunny Side 0f the street have been transposed so should be playable by pianists of all standards. The harmony still works really well in this key and now we actually prefer this version to the original, and no, not just because it is easier to play! We really hope that you enjoy playing this song and remember that you can comment and rate it below and also check back regularly for new pieces for the piano.