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Jazz Originals

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

Take the A Train

Take The A Train was written in 1939 by Billy Strayhorn for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The title refers to the, at the time, new A train service in New York...

Cherokee

"Cherokee" is a tune written by Ray Noble originally intended for an "Indian Suite".  This tune was heavily adopted by bebopers such as Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown and remains to...

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...

Steeplechase

Steeplechase was written by Charlie Parker. It is a melody written over a 32 bar "Rhythm Changes", with a slight alteration: The A sections do not go to the IV chord....

Let’s Cool One

"Let's Cool One" is a tune written by Thelonious Monk. This composition is one of Monk's more traditional pieces in the sense of jazz harmony. Some of Monk's pieces tend to...

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...

Perdido

Perdido is one of my very favorite jazz tunes. It's such a simple tune, but it's got a great melody, and the changes are just fun to blow on. It's not...

Yardbird Suite

Yardbird Suite was composed by Charlie Parker in 1946. The title refers to Parker's nickname known amongst his colleagues: Yardbird, or Bird. This is a great bebop standard to know! It...

Stompin At The Savoy

"Stompin At The Savoy" is a tune written by Edgar Sampson although it is often credited to Chick Webb and Benny Goodman who made it famous. Edgar Sampson was an alto...

Scrapple From The Apple

"Scrapple From The Apple" is a bebop tune written by the great pioneer of bebop himself, Charlie Parker. This tune borrows the changes of "Honeysuckle Rose" for the A section and "I...

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