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Jazz Ballads

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


The Nearness Of You

"The Nearness of You" is a tune written by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Ned Washington. It was published in 1938 and was featured in the Paramount motion picture "Romance in...

Georgia On My Mind

Georgia On My Mind was written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1930. Lyrics were written by Stuart Gorrell. It was first recorded in New York by Carmichael and his Orchestra with Bix...

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...
If I Were A Bell

If I Were A Bell

"If I Were A Bell" is a tune composed by Frank Loesser. It was written for his 1950 musical "Guys and Dolls". Miles Davis recorded it on his 1956 Prestige record...

Body And Soul

"Body and Soul" is a popular tune written in 1930 by Johnny Green. This is one of the most commonly played jazz ballads of all time. It was first recorded by Jack...

My Ideal

"My Ideal" is a tune written by Richard Whiting, Leo Robin and Newell Chase. This a beautiful ballad that has been performed and recorded by some of the greatest in jazz, both...

If You Could See Me Now

"If You Could See Me Now" is a tune written by Tadd Dameron with lyrics by Carl Sigman. Dameron wrote this tune specifically for vocalist Sarah Vaughan with whom he had...
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. ...

I Should Care

I Should Care appeared in the movie "Thrill of a Romance" in 1945. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra played recorded the tune for the original movie. "I Should Care" is a really...

You Don’t Know What Love Is

"You Don't Know What Love Is" was written by Gene De Paul and Don Raye in 1941. It was composed for the 1941 film "Keep em' Flying", however it was dropped...


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