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“Broadway” was written in 1940 with words and music by Billy Byrd, Teddy McRae and Henri Woode. This is a great jam session tune to know and a good one to add to your repertoire. It has a catchy melody and a common set of changes, making it a good tune to practice improvising.

 

This tune is most commonly called in the key of Eb major.

Videos to learn the melody/changes

Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."

3 COMMENTS

  1. Both the example videos ( of Dexter and deFrancesco) are played in Bb) Users need to transpose the melody to Eb to play with the play-along.

    • Hi trinuedevries, that's okay! Jazz musicians play songs in different keys all of the time. So though it's a little more work, the practice of transposing will serve as yet another step towards internalizing the melody and chord changes.

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