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Swing Era & Early Jazz

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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