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Java Jive

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Ben Oakland

Ben Oakland and Milton Drake (arr. Inge Sunde)

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General Info

Year: 1940 /
Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Pop song
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $48.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Laid back and relaxing, this wonderful rendition of Java Jive is approachable by small ensembles or those with incomplete instrumentation. Five flexible parts, which can be assigned by the conductor to any instrument grouping, will ensure harmonic and melodic balance.

- Program Note from publisher

Java Jive is a song written by Ben Oakland and Milton Drake in 1940 and most famously recorded by The Ink Spots. The lyrics speak of the singer's love of coffee. The lyrics also reflect the slang of the day, including a reference to "Mr. Moto", a Japanese film spy. The Ink Spots' 1941 recording of the song reached #17 on the U.S. Pop charts and is considered by many to be the definitive version.

The song has been extensively recorded over the years, with notable performances by Guy Lombardo and The King Sisters.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

  • Java Jive (Flex instrumentation) (with Drake; arr. Sunde)