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Jitterbug Waltz was written by pianist Fats Waller in 1942. The original version was recorded with a Hammond B3 which would later become a popular instrument in jazz. Covered by a plethora of artists such as Oscar Person, Errol Garner, Joe Pass, Eric Dolphy, and many others, Jitterbug Waltz became a staple piece in jazz repertoire. Be sure to listen to different recordings of this tune. Some versions include an 8 bar intro, that sometimes is also played in between solos and at the end(see Joe Pass’s as a reference). It is most commonly played 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."

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