Rose Room

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This article is about the jazz song. For the room in the White House in Washington, D.C., see Queens' Bedroom.
1918 sheet music cover

"Rose Room", also known as "In Sunny Roseland", is a 1917 jazz standard, music by Art Hickman, lyrics by Harry Williams. It is almost always performed as an instrumental. Composed at a time when the popularity of ragtime was fading in favor of thirty-two bar form and twelve-bar blues songs, the song has been called "definitely ahead of its time" by composer Alec Wilder. Indeed, while popular in the late 1910s and early 1920s, the song enjoyed its biggest popularity during the swing era.[1] The song was named after the Rose Room in St. Francis Hotel, where Hickman was playing at the time.[2] In 1914, jazz pioneer Bert Kelly was a member of Hickman's band.

Duke Ellington is credited in reviving the popularity the tune with his 1932 recording. Ellington later used the song's chord progression in his 1939 composition "In a Mellow Tone".[1] Rose Room is also the song with which Charlie Christian impressed Benny Goodman in 1939, jamming it solo after solo for 45 minutes with Goodman's band.

Modern Swing Group, Leader: John Kongshaug recorded a version in Oslo on December 6, 1954. It was released on the 78 rpm record His Master's Voice A.L. 3489.

Bandleader Phil Harris used "Rose Room" as his theme song while performing in San Francisco. The Lawrence Welk Orchestra/Show made a rendition with "Peanuts" Hucko on clarinet. The show in question pays tribute to Roses.

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  1. ^ a b Chris Tyle: Rose Room overview at jazzstandards.com - retrieved on 24 May 2009
  2. ^ Gene Lees: Cats of Any Color: Jazz Black and White. Oxford University Press US, 1995. ISBN 0-19-510287-8. p. 204

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