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The First 100 Tunes Every Jazz Musician Should Learn
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ingeneri



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alfonso, get thee to the Sinatra records! Frank is considered to own this tune. Nobody should have to listen to Bette Midler under any circumstances.

As for the list, I think the blues are underrepresented a bit so: Nows the Time, Au Privave, Tenor Madness, Sunnymoon for Two, Straight no Chaser, Blue Monk, and Blue Train are all good to know.

In addition to the tunes, you should be able to follow anyone who calls out blues or rythm changes in any key. That 1st jazz teacher of mine was a session guy in NY and claimed you needed to memorize all these standards in every key (guess he worked with singers).
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:04 pm    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......


And you are entirely correct, however this list is stolen and took me 45 seconds to get from one place to the other. Shocked

Just seemed like a good starting point. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:10 pm    Post subject: Re: The First 100 Tunes Every Jazz Musician Should Learn Reply with quote

ntgr8 wrote:
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.


That was EXACTLY my thinking when I first saw this list, if you know the tunes and can play over them properly, at that point a person must have acquired a solid JIQ (Jazz Intelligence Quotient), seems only logical. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ingeneri,
You are absolutely right also I mentioned Howard Arlen as composer along with Johnny Mercer. It was actually Harold Arlen, no relation to the great jazz guitarist and seven stringer Howard Arlen from the East Coast.

ingeneri wrote:
Alfonso, get thee to the Sinatra records! Frank is considered to own this tune. Nobody should have to listen to Bette Midler under any circumstances.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And you are entirely correct, however this list is stolen and took me 45 seconds to get from one place to the other. Shocked

Just seemed like a good starting point.


Hehe, sure....Thats what I thought.... Laughing

Bjørn...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe add Sweet Georgia Brown?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also don't forget the famous Scott/Young classic "Back in Black"
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JakeJew wrote:
Also don't forget the famous Scott/Young classic "Back in Black"


But Scott was dead right? I dunno?

Please insert another quarter to try again! Shocked Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorecki wrote:
JakeJew wrote:
Also don't forget the famous Scott/Young classic "Back in Black"


But Scott was dead right? I dunno?

Please insert another quarter to try again! Shocked Mr. Green


Hah, I was wondering if anybody would catch that. I was too lazy to look up the name of the other singer.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JakeJew wrote:
Gorecki wrote:
JakeJew wrote:
Also don't forget the famous Scott/Young classic "Back in Black"


But Scott was dead right? I dunno?

Please insert another quarter to try again! Shocked Mr. Green


Hah, I was wondering if anybody would catch that. I was too lazy to look up the name of the other singer.


I've played a swing versions of Stairway to Heaven and Crazy Train for years, little harder to make BiB sound jazzy but...could be done...right? Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorecki wrote:
JakeJew wrote:
Gorecki wrote:
JakeJew wrote:
Also don't forget the famous Scott/Young classic "Back in Black"


But Scott was dead right? I dunno?

Please insert another quarter to try again! Shocked Mr. Green


Hah, I was wondering if anybody would catch that. I was too lazy to look up the name of the other singer.




I've played a swing versions of Stairway to Heaven and Crazy Train for years, little harder to make BiB sound jazzy but...could be done...right? Confused



Hmm. How about a modal thing with lots of sus chords, a modern latin/bossa type of beat, piano, bass, and drums? I'm thinking mid tempo McCoy Tyner...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JakeJew wrote:

Hmm. How about a modal thing with lots of sus chords, a modern latin/bossa type of beat, piano, bass, and drums? I'm thinking mid tempo McCoy Tyner...


Love it! Have Sax play the melody square around the rest so people could still recognize it...love it! Awesome!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All sounds good, but where would a beginner start?

What would the educational standards be?

I have memorized Autumn Leaves chord melody, but
where to next.


Rick Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rich9999 wrote:
All sounds good, but where would a beginner start?

What would the educational standards be?

I have memorized Autumn Leaves chord melody, but
where to next.


Rick Smile


off the top of my head, I think some of best absolute beginner tunes in terms of chord changes and melody are

autumn leaves, blue bossa, solar, all the things you are, there will never be another you...

and learning a bunch of blues and rhythm changes would be pretty important...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorecki wrote:
JakeJew wrote:
Gorecki wrote:
JakeJew wrote:
Also don't forget the famous Scott/Young classic "Back in Black"


But Scott was dead right? I dunno?

Please insert another quarter to try again! Shocked Mr. Green


Hah, I was wondering if anybody would catch that. I was too lazy to look up the name of the other singer.


I've played a swing versions of Stairway to Heaven and Crazy Train for years, little harder to make BiB sound jazzy but...could be done...right? Confused


I`m currently writing jazz chord melody tune "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Very Happy
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