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Moose the Mooche

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Moose the Mooche was written by the bebop pioneer Charlie Parker. The composition was written shortly after Dizzy Gillespie left him to return to New York during a tour in Los Angeles. It is believed that the title refers to his drug dealer in L.A. who was nicknamed “Moose the Mooche”, as Parker was a heroine addict. This is a rhythm changes tune, meaning it is based off of the chord progression of Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm”.
It is most commonly called in the key of Bb.

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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