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Swing Era & Early Jazz

Classic tunes made popular during early periods of jazz and the swing era.

Sweet-and-Lovely

Sweet and Lovely

Sweet and Lovely was written by Charles Daniels, with lyrics by Harry Tobias.  Gus Arnheim, band leader and businessman, made the tune popular with his band, leading him to often be...

Honeysuckle Rose

This standard is the basis for another standard, Bird's composition Scrapple from the Apple. Bird took the A section of these changes and made a "contrafact" out of it, or a...

C-Jam Blues

C-Jam Blues is a great first jazz tune.  It's so simple to learn the melody by ear, and yet it swings so hard that pros still love to jam on it....

Satin Doll

"Satin Doll" is a tune written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in 1953 with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. This was a very popular Ellington Band tune and inspired many other jazz...

In A Sentimental Mood

"In A Sentimental Mood" is a ballad written by Duke Ellington. It was composed in 1935 and he recorded it with his orchestra that same year.  Lyrics were later written by...

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...
Thing's Ain't What They Used To Be

Things Ain’t What They Used To Be

Things Ain't What They Used To Be was written by Mercer Ellington in 1941. Mercer, son of Duke Ellington, wrote this piece for his father's orchestra due to an ASCAP strike...

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 in Duke's band, he came up with...
Sweet-Georgia-Brown

Sweet Georgia Brown

Some jazz standards are relatively unknown to people who don't listen to jazz. Sweet Georgia Brown, though, is known by EVERYONE, mainly because the Harlem Globetrotters have been using the tune...

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...

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