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Swing Era & Early Jazz

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

Stormy-Weather

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather was written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, and first sang by Ethel Waters at the Cotton Club. The tune was originally written for Cab Calloway, vocalist and band...
Star-Eyes

Star Eyes

"Star Eyes" is a tune with words and music by Gene De Paul and Don Raye. It was introduced in the 1943 musical "I Dood It" by Jimmy Dorsey and his...

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...

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...

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...
Mack The Knife

Mack The Knife

"Mack The Knife" was composed by Kurt Weill for the music drama "Die Dreigroschenoper", or in English "The Threepenny Opera". The tune was originally entitled "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer" and...

In a Mellow Tone

In a Mellow Tone is a very common standard by Duke Ellington. Musicians of all levels like to play this tune, but I find that it is really a good tune...
Just-You,-Just-Me

Just You, Just Me

Just You, Just Me was written by Jesse Greer for the 1929 musical film Marianne. Lyrics were written by Raymond Klages. This tune has become one of the most renowned standards...
Lady-Be-Good

Lady Be Good

Lady Be Good is a really nice standard tune by George and Ira Gershwin. They wrote the tune for a 1924 musical "Lady Be Good." Incidentally, Fascinating Rhythm was another jazz...
Polka-Dots-and-Moonbeams

Polka Dots and Moonbeams

"Polka Dots and Moonbeams" was written by Jimmy Van Heusen. F major is the most common key for this well-known ballad. Lyrics were written by Johnny Burke. This tune was written...

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