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Jazz Originals

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

Giant Steps

"Giant Steps" is a tune written by the legendary tenor saxophonist John Coltrane for his ground-breaking 1960 record "Giant Steps". This tune highlights a Coltrane innovation that jazz musicians call "Coltrane...

Blues for Alice

Blues for Alice on Learn Jazz Standards is a great way to improve your ability to play more inside the changes with bebop ideas. Check out our Blues for Alice jazz...

Well You Needn’t

"Well You Needn't" is a tune written by Thelonius Monk in 1944. It was written for one of Monk's students, a singer named Charlie Beamon. Monk wrote the tune and told...
I Hear a Rhapsody - Jazz Standard

I Hear A Rhapsody

"I Hear A Rhapsody" is a tune written by George Fragos, Jack Baker and Dick Gasparre in 1940. It's a commonly called standard and great to know. It's a 32 bar AABA...

My Little Suede Shoes

My Little Suede Shoes is a very catchy, lyrical tune.  It's one of the most accessible tunes Bird wrote.  Many of his tunes had angular melodies that some people  unaccustomed to...

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...

Impressions

Impressions was written by John Coltrane. The changes are identical to Miles Davis' tune So What. Trane recorded "So What" with Miles on Miles' classic, best-selling jazz album "Kind of Blue"...

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...

Equinox

"Equinox" was written by the great tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. It was recorded on his 1964 hit record "Coltrane's Sound". Coltrane's wife, Naima, named this tune. Equinox is a 12 bar...
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....

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