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“Satin Doll” is a tune written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in 1953 with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
This was a very popular Ellington Band tune and inspired many other jazz artist to record and perform it such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Frank Sinatra.

This tune is most commonly played in the key of C major.

Videos to learn the melody/changes

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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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  1. The Play-Along’s first four bars of the bass line are a very sweet propulsive phrase, I’ve transcribed as language for my bass playing, Thanks to the composer!

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