Ever wonder which jazz standards are the most important to know? Well, these tunes below represent some of the best tunes in the jazz cannon. These tunes are called often, so do your homework and learn them if you haven’t already! Here is the list:
I think Stella by Starlight should also be on this list, but then we would have 11 tunes, not 10! This is from a list that guitarist Bruce Forman gave me, and I thought it was worth sharing on LJS. If you haven’t checked out Bruce’s playing, you definitely should! He’s an incredible artists.
Bruce came up with the idea of the 10 Mother Tunes to help students know what tunes to learn. However, it’s worth noting that his list will often change when he is telling students about the 10 Mother Tunes at clinics because there are so many worthy contenders.