Here you find all the songs we play. We also have a musical backlog of songs we are planning to play.

PLEASE! Remember to print out the required sheets for your instrument and bring them with you to the session!

NEW: Download all the sheets in a single ZIP file:

Everybody Wants To Be A Cat

Thanks to Undine!

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Everbody_Wants_To_Be_A_Cat.pdf

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Mackie Messer

Thanks to Jörg!

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Mackie_Messer.pdf

Examples of the song:

Darling Nelly Gray

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Darling_Nelly_Gray.pdf

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When I get Low I get High

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_When_I_get_Low_I_Get_High.pdf

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Sous le Ciel de Paris

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Sous_Le_Ciel_De_Paris.pdf

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iRealPro Chord-Sheet thanks to Stefan!

Some Of These Days

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Some_Of_These_Days.pdf

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St. Louis Blues

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_St_Louis_Blues.pdf

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Christmas 2022: Jada

Thanks to Jakob!

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Jada.pdf

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Shine On Harvest Moon

Thanks to Anton Wunderlich & The Time Rag Department and Are You Syncopated Festival 2022!

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Shine_On_Harvest_Moon.pdf

Examples of the song:

Experimental: After You've Gone in Bb

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_After_Youve_Gone.pdf

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The Blues My Naughty Sweety Gives To Me

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Blues_My_Naughty.pdf

Example of the song:

Song of the Wanderer

Thanks to Anna!

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Song_Of_The_Wanderer.pdf

Example of the song:

I'm Alone Because I Love You

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Im_Alone_Because_I_Love_You.pdf

Example of the song:

Bei Mir Bist Du Schön

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Bei_Mir_Bist_Du_Schoen.pdf

Example of the song:

Dark Eyes / Очи чёрные

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Dark_Eyes.pdf

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Joseph Joseph

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_JosephJoseph.pdf

Special Choir Version in Dm and with an intro: Open_Swing_Orchestra_JosephJoseph_Choir_Dm.pdf

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Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Coquette.pdf

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Root Hog Or Die

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Root_Hog_Or_Die.pdf

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Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor

Thanks to Jakob!

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Make_Me_A_Pallet_On_Your_Floor.pdf

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Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Tomorrow.pdf

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Tennessee Waltz

Thanks to Jörg!

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Tennessee_Waltz.pdf

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I'm Crazy 'bout My Baby

Thanks to Jakob for the song and thanks to Melanie for typing it into Musescore!

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Im_Crazy_bout_my_Baby.pdf

Examples of the song:

Mama Don't Allow

Thanks to Jörg!

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Mama_Dont_Allow.pdf

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Comes Love

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Comes_Love.pdf

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Jakob's improvisation workshop May 4, 2019

Jakob's improvisation workshop April 27, 2019

Biscuit Roller

Thanks to Samuel Hudson and Steffen Kistner of the Careless Cats for this beautiful arrangement and the friendly permission to use it!

Jakob's improvisation workshop February 2, 2019: Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Leadsheet (all voices)


San (Give Me My Dime Back)

Thanks to Samuel Hudson and Steffen Kistner of the Careless Cats for this beautiful arrangement and the friendly permission to use it!

Example: Tuba Skinny

Jakob's improvisation workshop January 12, 2019

Some practising tipps

Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

Examples of the song:

Parla più piano

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Parla_Piu_Piano.pdf

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Clips and photos of our show at Marie-Antoinette

Here you will find some short clips and photos from our show at Marie-Antoinette on October 29, 2018.
Many thanks to Igor!

Five Foot Two

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Five_Foot_Two.pdf

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Mean To Me

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Mean_To_Me.pdf

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Deep Purple

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Deep_Purple.pdf

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On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_On_The_Sunny_Side_Of_The_Street.pdf

Example of the song: The Man Overboard Quintet

Basin Street Blues


Bill Bailey

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Bill_Bailey.pdf

Example of the song:

Improvisation Session(s)

We try to offer something special every now and then.
This time we have some nicely prepared improvisation training material and also a session to try this out at Septemper 30, thanks to Volker.

Attn Rhythm Section!

Here we have some rhythmic variations, thank you Volker!

Every now and then we will play one part with one of these variations (see PDF) by calling out loudly:

  • Off Beat
  • One, Two, Three
  • One and Four (rather advanced but let's try)

The other variations in the PDF we won't cover yet.

All Of Me

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_All_Of_Me.pdf

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Backwater Blues

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Backwater_Blues.pdf

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Look at the Clave page to see how we are playing the A part.

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Caravan.pdf

Example of the song:

New Orleans Bump

You can download a ZIP file with all the sheets together or the sheets for your instrument individually here:

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Sheets for the swing choir summer party on July 17

Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Satan_Your_Kingdom_Must_Come_Down.pdf

Examples of the song:

My Life Will Be Sweeter

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_My_Live_Will_Be_Sweeter.pdf

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Midnight In Moscow

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Midnight_In_Moscow.pdf

Example of the song:

Careless Love

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Careless_Love.pdf

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Here is how the chords can be played on ukulele: Careless_Love_Ukulele_Chords.pdf, thanks to Volker for sharing!

This link might also help ukulele players:

Blue Drag

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Blue_Drag.pdf

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Sweet Georgia Brown

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_Sweet_Georgia_Brown.pdf

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St. James Infirmary

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_St_James_Infirmary.pdf

Example of the song:

Louis Armstrong - St. James Infirmary

When The Saints Go Marching In

Sheets, chords and lyrics: Open_Swing_Orchestra_When_The_Saints_Go_Marching_In.pdf