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Jazz Originals

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...

Desafinado

Desafinado is a bossa nova composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim in 1959. The Portuguese word "desafinado" can be translated into English as "out of...

Caravan

Caravan was written in 1932 by trombonist Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Irving Mills. It is said that while Tizol was...

Jitterbug Waltz

Jitterbug Waltz was written by pianist Fats Waller in 1942. The original version was recorded with a Hammond B3 which would later become a...

Watermelon Man

Watermelon Man was written by Herbie Hancock, originally for his 1962 hit record Takin' Off. Hancock wrote this tune with the intention of marketing...

Bluesette

Bluesette was written by harmonica player Toots Thielemans. It became an international hit in the 1960's and was original recorded with him whistling the...

Lady Bird

Lady Bird was written by pianist and composer Tadd Dameron in 1939. It was first released to the public in 1948. It's most ground-breaking...

Round Midnight

"'Round Midnight" is a tune written by the great innovative pianist Thelonious Monk. Monk claims that he composed Round Midnight when he was 18...

Lester Leaps In

Lester Leaps In was written by Lester Young for Count Basie's Kansas City Seven in 1939. This is a Rhythm Changes tune, a popular...

Peace

Peace was written by the great pianist and composer Horace Silver. It's a 10 bar ballad that explores diatonic and modal functions. This is...

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