A Jazz Guide for Musicians
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Original compositions written by jazz musicians which were later embraced as jazz standards.
Great American Songbook
1920-1950s American popular songs written for musicals and film.
12-bar blues is the most common form in jazz. Examples include
Now's the Time
Blues for Alice
Compositions based on Gershwin's
I Got Rhythm
. One of the most common forms in jazz music.
Jazz characterized by musical modes rather than traditional harmony. One classic example is
Characterized by angular melodies and instrumental virtuosity. Source language of the modern jazz idiom.
Tunes characterized by lyrical melodies and slower tempos. Examples are
Body and Soul
3/4 Jazz Tunes
Jazz waltzes in 3/4 time. Examples include
Up Jumped Spring
Someday My Prince Will Come.
Tunes which were either written or influenced by Latino composers, such as Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Fusion, funk, and soul tunes not characterized by swing, including
Cold Duck Time
Swing Era & Early Jazz
Classic tunes made popular during early periods of jazz and the swing era.
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