Jazz Ballads

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

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But Beautiful

“But Beautiful” is a ballad written by Jimmy Van Heusen, with lyrics written by Jimmy Burke. It was introduced in the film “Road to Rio” in 1948. Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis was...

Ask Me Now

"Ask Me Now" is a classic ballad written by Thelonius Monk. The tune tends to center around the key of Db major, however, there is no key indicated on the chord charts...
Skylark

Skylark

"Skylark" is a tune written by the great Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The tune was written in 1941 and Johnny Mercer struggled for a year after he received...

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...
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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...
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Polka Dots and Moonbeams

"Polka Dots and Moonbeams" was written by Jimmy Van Heusen. F major is the most common key for this well-known ballad. Lyrics were written by Johnny Burke. This tune was written...
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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...

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...
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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...
Misty

Misty

"Misty" is a tune written in 1954 by Errol Garner. This ballad has become very popular both in and out of the jazz world. This song had a key role in...

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