On Green Dolphin Street is one of our 10 Mother Tunes.  This famous tune was made for a 1947 movie, “Green Dolphin Street,” and is known for switching back and forth between latin and swing feels, and for the pedal I underneath changing harmonies for the first 7 bars of the A section.  The form is basically ABAB, with the second B being different than the first B.  It’s a 32 bar song form, as is so common in the jazz idiom. It’s normally called in C or Eb, although I heard Benny Green call it in Bb to test out a young bass player at a jam session one time. The poor guy couldn’t quite hang, so Benny graciously bumped it up to C for him.

Check out also On Green Dolphin Street in Eb.  You should know the tune in both keys.

30 Stepsto Better Jazz Playing

Videos to learn the melody/changes

On Green Dolphin Street in (C)


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  2. As is written here, this tune changes back and forth between latin and swing beats. Yet, in the "Play Along" version here, it stays with a latin beat the entire tune.

  3. I am amazed at the generosity of this site, the content is so high quality and thorough. Good on you for opening up this community, I’m stranded in a city with no musicians for the next 7 weeks but this sight will keep me going!

  4. Wow! Thanks. Just learnt this from Tim Richard’s great book, but he only gives the pedal section. Now I can play along to Miles’ ’58 version, which you’ve got here too. Wow Red Garland grooves doesn’t he. I think he drives it better than Bill Evans. But Bill is a genius too. Thanks for all the great resources. Will definitely return.

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