“In Walked Bud” is a tune written in 1947 by the great Thelonius Monk. The tune was written in tribute to pianist Bud Powell. Based of Irvin Berlin’s tune “Blue Skies”, Monk recorded this tune multiple times throughout his career. Later famed jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks wrote lyrics to it. This tune is most commonly played in the key of Ab major.
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."