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On Green Dolphin Street in Eb

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On Green Dolphin Street is a standard tune that commonly switches between latin and swing.  The tune is also done commonly in the key of C.  We encourage you to dig in and learn the tune in both keys.
On Green Dolphin Street is also one of our 10 Mother Tunes.

Videos to learn the melody/changes

Camden Hughes
Camden Hughes
Camden is a working jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator currently living near Boise, ID. He teaches music at the Idaho Arts Charter School, and is the jazz adjunct professor at Northwest Nazarene University. Check out his music at


  1. The tune is in C major and nit in Eb, I’ve informed you a year ago, but nothing changed. That’s disapointing a bit, hmmm ???
    Mostly playind jam sessions the song is played in Eb I assume… So please…

    • Nit in Eb aye chompers. disapointing a bit, hmmm ??? try washing hair to get rid of nit, playing in wrong key for year won’t help. all the best with nit mr thomas krause

      • Eb is the correct key. People only play it in C because it was wrongly transposed in the original real book, presumably by an alto saxophone player who learned it in Eb and wrote it in their key. There isn’t really a ‘correct’ or ‘wrong’ key, though, everyone plays it in different keys and it would be nice to have it in multiple keys here.

      • Sorry I type sometimes wrong. But all over Mr “very good at jazz” Are there any recordings to proove? Just send me an example mp3 at [email protected] , I’ll send back recordings of me, too, do you? Perhaps we may work together. I studied jazz and play Jazz since 40 years. Actually using an EWI Roland Aerophone when mastered really a good instrument, but needs quiet some work. No good for beginners.

    • many years ago I discovered this song …..and the key was E b . I know the C real book
      version ….but despite I play jazz guitar I prefer the Eb tonality for traveling the neck with more brillance and share with sax or clarinet . BESIDES You should work in the twelve keys !

    • What’s good for Miles is good for the world. In anno domini 1958
      Miles Davis recorded
      “On Green Dolphin Street”
      [composer Mr.Kaper]
      in key signature of Eb (E flat) —
      Who are we to argue ?
      Evidence still available on


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