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The First 100 Tunes Every Jazz Musician Should Learn
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thane27



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say take five is definatly a quissential jazz standred along with misty. Also I'm not sure if it was on the list but what about take the a train? Or the various songs from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess for example summertime.
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wierdOne



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello... this is my first post here... I've been reading the posts for a while and decided to join this weekend... anyways.....

I learned Ornithology about 4 months before I learned Blue Bossa.... It's funny... but I LOVE playing blue bossa... it gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling.... but as far as bop tunes go... I, personally, don't like playing them that much.... I think I just like the simpler melodies... don't get me wrong.. I LOVE listening to Charlie Parker and all the guys/gals that have followed.... I just don't like thinking that much when I'm playing... yet...

the point is... Had there been a logical list of jazz tunes in order of chordal/melodic complication serving as a road map...... well... 1... I'm sure that I would have learned a ton of tunes by now.... and 2... well... cerebrally I might be to the point where I like playing bop.....

Sadly, I have to work a 40 hour a week job and attend school full time.... the only time I have to play my instrument is on my 4 dinner jazz gigs each week... I get a few hours here and there... so the practice time i get is intensely focused... There aren't too many Jazz guru's locally that I can turn to for advise, so I've been blindly feeling my way through the jazz world... learning the tunes that I liked.... that takes FOREVER when you don't have a strong chordal/theoretical foundation built....

I would love to see this list completed... scratch that... I NEED to see this list completed...

thanks... billy
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ourway



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:59 pm    Post subject: First 100 tunes Reply with quote

Wierd one,

Try this site.
http://www.jazzstandards.com/compositions-3/whywasiborn.htm
Supposedly Tunes in thier preference 1 to 1000

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like also the chords prog. of blue bossa & There Will Never Be Another You.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Solar, Tune-up and Four are required material.. that's part of Miles heritage I guess.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gabriel wrote:
I think Solar, Tune-up and Four are required material.. that's part of Miles heritage I guess.



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about the only "standard" to come out of the fusion era.....

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'll have to add "Airmail Special" by Charlie Christian and ofcourse all of his best work.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love 'Autumn in New York' - especially Tal Farlows take on it - exquisite Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't really read all the posts in this thread, but why not follow the six year plan of standards used by The Manhattan School of Music:

Look att page 13 fw...

http://www.msmnyc.edu/pdfs/jazz%20hndbk%202005.pdf

To me it seems like a good plan if you don't know where to start...

/Jan Olof
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a pretty good list on that Manhattan website. It's nice to have some guidelines.

However, I don't really understand the reasoning behind some of their choices- like waiting until your fifth year to tackle Summertime or St. Thomas Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jokron wrote:
I haven't really read all the posts in this thread, but why not follow the six year plan of standards used by The Manhattan School of Music:

Look att page 13 fw...

http://www.msmnyc.edu/pdfs/jazz%20hndbk%202005.pdf

To me it seems like a good plan if you don't know where to start...

/Jan Olof


Reading about the Juries brings back memories...Both good and bad.. Laughing

Pretty ambitious list: 30 standards per year, plus the other courses, like Theory, ear training, sight singing, Piano, music history, Probably some sort of classical ensemble as well.Maybe conducting..Sheesh... Shocked

I'm doing about half of the standards they require and working a full time day gig...Aw too be young again and have all that energy.. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I at least play 2 of those 100 (Favorite Things and Wave) well. Still working on Funny Valentine and Girl from Ipanema. Wow, I got 98 more to work on. Good luck to me. Other pieces also came to mind....Georgia and Sweet Georgia Brown.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rolland Harrison wrote:
Aw too be young again and have all that energy.. Laughing


Agree... Laughing

/Jan Olof
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

johng83 wrote:
That's a pretty good list on that Manhattan website. It's nice to have some guidelines.

However, I don't really understand the reasoning behind some of their choices- like waiting until your fifth year to tackle Summertime or St. Thomas Rolling Eyes


"Summertime" have been played by so many people in so many different versions and styles so I guess you need a higher skill level to do something really new of that tune, maybe that's the reason...?

/Jan Olof
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