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The First 100 Tunes Every Jazz Musician Should Learn
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Gorecki
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:38 am    Post subject: The First 100 Tunes Every Jazz Musician Should Learn Reply with quote


    * All The Things you Are
    * Autumn Leaves
    * Alone Together
    * Bye Bye Blackbird
    * Beautiful Love
    * Body and Soul
    * Black Orpheus
    * Broadway
    * But Not For Me
    * Come Rain Or Come Shine
    * Darn That Dream
    * Days Of Wine and Roses
    * Desifanado
    * Dolphin Dance
    * Donna Lee (Back Home In Indiana)
    * Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
    * Doxy
    * Easy To Love
    * Embraceable You
    * Emily
    * Everything Happens To Me
    * Falling In Love With Love
    * Fly Me to the Moon
    * Getting Sentimental Over You
    * Green Dolphin Street
    * Giant Steps
    * Girl From Ipanema
    * How Deep Is The Ocean
    * Have You Met Miss Jones
    * Here's That Rainy Day
    * Honeysuckle Rose
    * How High The Moon (Ornithology)
    * I Got Rhythm (Oleo, Anthropology)
    * I'm Old Fashioned
    * In a Sentimental Mood
    * It Had To Be You
    * I Hear a Rhapsody
    * I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart
    * I Love You
    * In a Mellow Tone
    * Impressions (So What)
    * I'll Remember April
    * Invitation
    * In A Sentimental Mood
    * In Your Own Sweet Way
    * I Remember You
    * I've Never Been In Love Before
    * I Remember Clifford
    * It Might As Well Be Spring
    * Just Friends
    * Just You Just Me
    * Just In time
    * Like Someone In Love
    * Love For Sale
    * Lover Man
    * Love Walked In
    * Lover Come Back To Me
    * Lullaby Of Birdland
    * Maiden Voyage
    * Moments Notice
    * My Favorite Things
    * My Foolish Heart
    * My Funny Valentine
    * My One and Only Love
    * My Romance
    * Nica's Dream
    * Out of Nowhere
    * Our Love Is Here To Stay
    * Pennies From Heaven
    * Prelude To A Kiss
    * Perdido
    * Polka Dots and Moonbeams
    * Recordame
    * Satin Doll
    * Scrapple From the Apple
    * Secret Love
    * Skylark
    * Someone To Watch Over Me
    * Someday My Prince Will Come
    * Softly As In a Morning Sunrise
    * Speak Low
    * Stella By Starlight
    * Summertime
    * Take the "A" Train
    * Tangerine
    * Tenderly
    * There Is No Greater Love
    * There Will Never Be Another You
    * These Foolish Things
    * The Song is You
    * The Way You Look Tonight
    * Triste
    * The Touch Of Your Lips
    * They Cant Take That Away From Me
    * Watch What Happens
    * Wave
    * When I Fall In love
    * What's New
    * What Is This Thing Called Love (Hot House)
    * Witchcraft
    * Yesterdays
    * You And The Night And The Music
    * You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any arguments, additions, deletions?

I think 'Misty' should be required material. Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Gorecki....

Did I hear you complaining in another post about not having time to pick up the guitar to study...??... Confused ...............Laughin my arse off

Bjørn......
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bjorn wrote:
Well Gorecki....

Did I hear you complaining in another post about not having time to pick up the guitar to study...??... Confused ...............Laughin my arse off

Bjørn......


Snap!

In response to the original post I think it really depends on a lot of factors. In some circumstances I think it's best to just look at a bunch of blues and rhythm changes.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorecki wrote:
Any arguments, additions, deletions?

I think 'Misty' should be required material. Confused


I second that. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I'll put up a list with the 100 songs and four columns:

1. Can play the melody without looking on the chart
2. Can play the chords in a jazzy way without looking on the chart
3. Can improvise
4. Recorded in my homestudio

then I make a "x" for every step I achieved...

...I hope I get to the end before St Peter calls...

Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:49 am    Post subject: Re: The First 100 Tunes Every Jazz Musician Should Learn Reply with quote

Gorecki wrote:

    * All The Things you Are
    * Autumn Leaves

    * Body and Soul
    * Black Orpheus

    * Darn That Dream
    * Days Of Wine and Roses
    * Desifanado
    * Dolphin Dance

    * Embraceable You

    * Falling In Love With Love
    * Fly Me to the Moon

    * Green Dolphin Street
    * Giant Steps
    * Girl From Ipanema

    * Here's That Rainy Day
    * Honeysuckle Rose
    * How High The Moon (Ornithology)
    * I Got Rhythm (Oleo, Anthropology)

    * In a Sentimental Mood
    * It Had To Be You

    * Impressions (So What)
    * I'll Remember April
    * Invitation
    * In A Sentimental Mood

    * I Remember You

    * Just Friends

    * Just In time
    * Like Someone In Love
    * Love For Sale
    * Lover Man

    * Lullaby Of Birdland
    * Maiden Voyage
    * Moments Notice
    * My Favorite Things

    * My Funny Valentine

    * Nica's Dream
    * Out of Nowhere
    * Our Love Is Here To Stay

    * Prelude To A Kiss
    * Perdido

    * Satin Doll
    * Scrapple From the Apple

    * Skylark
    * Someone To Watch Over Me
    * Someday My Prince Will Come

    * Speak Low
    * Stella By Starlight
    * Summertime
    * Take the "A" Train

    * Tenderly
    * There Is No Greater Love
    * There Will Never Be Another You

    * The Way You Look Tonight
    * Triste

    * They Cant Take That Away From Me
    * Watch What Happens
    * Wave
    * When I Fall In love
    * What's New
    * What Is This Thing Called Love (Hot House)
    * Witchcraft

    * You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To


Okay, I've whittled Gorecki's fine list a little further down to what I consider my own essentials. If you know all these tunes by heart, you will pretty much have every chord change scenario in traditional jazz and standard pop. Most other songs will use something familiar from these examples. If you can competently solo over every one, you should consider yourself a pretty accomplished player.

If you are reading this thinking about learning all of these tunes in the near future, I suggest you download versions you like from Rhapsody or iTunes, and then spend a month or two just listening to every tune without the guitar, before you start transcribing or whatever.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lgiro wrote:
you might add All Blues


Yeah, I'd add that plus

Scrapple From the Apple
Straight No Chaser/Billie's Bounce
Cherokee
Footprints
Little Sunflower
Tune Up
Hi Fly
Ecaroh
Song For My Father
Take Five
Caravan
and Bluesette!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
you might add All Blues


All of me if good song to know. a common progression.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops...i did something wrong! :d


All of me if good song to know. a common progression.

Ramon
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe two great hancock`s - Cantaloupe Island & Maiden Voyage
+ Jobim - One note samba
+ Nat king Cole (maybe someone else write it) - (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (audience like it Wink )
+I`ve got You Under My Skin
+ Armstrong - What A Wonderful World (again it`s liked by audience - we`re playing for someone Wink )
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh and Yesterday by the beattles - it have nice harmony and head, which is recognizale by everyone
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the list doesn't have much bop

what about basic things like oleo, billie's bounce, tenor madness
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow.....there is a lot of interesting pieces here

Rick Smile


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah,
There's alot of really good Standards on your list, some were overlooked of course. I just learned this one and it will definitely do alot for your rhythm studies, it's called "One for my Baby" (and one more for the road) Howard Arlen & Johnny Mercer. It's the song Bette Midler sang to Johnny Carson when he left the Tonight Show, yeah like anyone remembers that... Laughing
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