Jazz Originals

Original compositions written by jazz musicians which were later embraced as jazz standards.

Cool Blues Jazz Standard

Cool Blues

Cool Blues is a blues head written by Charlie Parker. This is a great blues head to know and add to your repertoire. It can be played in any key, but...
Groovin' High - Jazz Standard

Groovin’ High

Groovin' High was written by the great trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in 1945. The chord changes are based off of Paul Whiteman's composition Whispering. Be sure to learn the four bar intro...

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...

Eternal Triangle

Eternal Triangle was written by saxophonist Sonny Stitt. This song was featured on trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's 1957 record Sonny Side Up. The recording features Stitt and his contemporary tenor giant Sonny...

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...

Nica’s Dream

Nica's Dream was composed by Horace Silver. He wrote the piece for Pannonica de Koenigswarter, a supporter and friend to many jazz musicians in the bebop era. It is important to...

This I Dig of You

This I Dig of You was written by tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley. It was first released on his pivotal 1960 hit record Soul Station. This tune is generally played at quicker...

Countdown

Countdown was written by John Coltrane and first appeared on his iconic 1960 release of "Giant Steps". This composition demonstrates Coltrane's harmonic innovation which has been dubbed "Coltrane Changes". Countdown is...

Bernie’s Tune

Bernie's Tune was written by Bernie Miller. It was made popular by saxophonist Gerry Mulligan on his 1952 record of the same title. Mulligan did not know Miller or know much...
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