Jazz Ballads

Tunes characterized by lyrical melodies and slower tempos. Examples are Body and Soul and Naima.

Autumn In New York - Jazz Standard

Autumn In New York

Autumn In New York was written by Vernon Duke in 1934 for the Broadway musical Thumbs Up.  Many jazz musicians went on to perform it including Billie Holiday and her iconic rendition. ...
Embraceable You - Jazz Standard

Embraceable You

Embraceable You was written by George Gershwin in 1928 originally for an unpublished operetta entitled East is West.  In 1930 it was published and featured in the Broadway musical Girl Crazy.  It...

Ugly Beauty

Ugly Beauty was written by the great innovative pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. It was recorded on his 1968 record Underground, and is the only waltz he ever wrote. This is...

Goodbye Porkpie Hat

Goodbye Porkpie Hat was written by the great bassist and composer Charles Mingus. It was first recorded on his iconic 1959 album Mingus Ah Um. The tune was written for the...
Never-Let-Me-Go

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go was written by Jay Livingston with lyrics by Ray Evans. This is a beautiful ballad to add to your repertoire. It is most commonly played in the...

Ruby My Dear

Ruby My Dear is a ballad written by pianist Thelonious Monk. He wrote the song for his first love, Rubie Richardson. Monk recorded it both solo and with a band, a...
Stormy-Weather

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather was written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, and first sang by Ethel Waters at the Cotton Club. The tune was originally written for Cab Calloway, vocalist and band...
I'm-Old-Fashioned

I’m Old Fashioned

I'm Old Fashioned was written by Jerome Kern for the film You've Never Been Lovelier in 1942. Johnny Mercer wrote lyrics to the piece and Fred Astaire was the first to...
Smile

Smile

Smile was written by the actor, filmmaker, and composer Charlie Chaplin. It was first used as an instrumental piece in Chaplin's 1936 film "Modern Times", and lyrics were later written by...
Here's-That-Rainy-Day

Here’s That Rainy Day

Here's That Rainy Day was written by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Burke. Published in 1953 and and first introduced in the Broadway musical Carnival in Flanders, this tune...
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