Perdido is one of my very favorite jazz tunes. It’s such a simple tune, but it’s got a great melody, and the changes are just fun to blow on. It’s not very hard, and it’s very accessible to most beginning jazz musicians, but also a favorite of many advanced players.

I really fell in love with this tune when I jammed with Bruce Forman and Carl Saunders at the Great Basin Jazz Camp in 2008. I was on the faculty of the camp, and they were the artists-in-residence. Carl and Bruce both came in with the shout chorus in perfect unison at the end of the tune. I was in heaven!

I don’t believe it is any sort of copyright violation to put up the shout chorus, so I will also include that. I HIGHLY recommend playing the shout chorus! Instead of playing the entire head at the end, I like playing the shout chorus over the first two A sections, and then come in with the melody from the bridge on. That’s one way of doing it.

None of the videos include the shout chorus. It’s well-known, but not everyone plays it all the time. It’s optional, but very hip!

Learn this Shout Chorus to Be Played at the end of the Tune!

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Learn this Perdido Etude with Sheet music for all instruments.

30 Days to Better Jazz Playing

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Videos to learn the melody/changes