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Bebop

Characterized by angular melodies and instrumental virtuosity. Source language of the modern jazz idiom.

Tenor Madness

"Tenor Madness" is a Bb blues written by the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.  It is also the title track of his hit record "Tenor Madness" which was recorded on May...
Airegin - Jazz Standards

Airegin

Airegin was composed by tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins in 1954. It's title derives from the spelling of Nigeria backwards(Airegin). The Miles Davis Quintet was the first group to record the tune....

Ornithology

"Ornithology" is a tune written by Charlie Parker. The word ornithology means the study of birds which makes this an appropriate title seeing as Charlie Parker's nickname is "Bird". This tune is...

Billie’s Bounce

"Billie's Bounce" is a 12 bar F blues written by Charlie "Bird" Parker. This is a great example of Bird's bebop style written over a blues. It is important to know the...

Cheryl

"Cheryl" is a 12 bar blues written by Charlie "Bird" Parker.  It's one of our personal favorites on Learn Jazz Standards.  Studying the melody is a good way to get into...

Au Privave

"Au Private" was written in 1951 by the great Charlie Parker.   This bebop tune is a 12 bar blues in the key of F. It's a nice tune to add to your...
A night in Tunisia - Jazz Standards

A Night in Tunisia

A Night in Tunisia is a colorful tune written by arguably jazz music's most colorful character-Dizzy Gillespie.  Jazz folklore has it that Dizzy Gillespie penned A Night in Tunisia, also known...

Let’s Cool One

"Let's Cool One" is a tune written by Thelonious Monk. This composition is one of Monk's more traditional pieces in the sense of jazz harmony. Some of Monk's pieces tend to...

Straight No Chaser

"Straight No Chaser" is a 12-bar blues head written by Thelonius Monk. It was first recorded on Monk's Blue Note Sessions in 1951. The song was originally written in Bb, but...

Donna Lee

"Donna Lee" is a bebop tune written by Mile Davis. It is written over the same changes as the great standard "Indiana". Written in 1947, it was first recorded with the...

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