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Stompin At The Savoy

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“Stompin At The Savoy” is a tune written by Edgar Sampson although it is often credited to Chick Webb and Benny Goodman who made it famous. Edgar Sampson was an alto saxophonist in Chick Webb’s band when he wrote the tune. “Stompin At The Savoy” refers to the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York City which was home to many of the famous swing era bands. Folks from all over would come to the Savoy to dance all night to bands of the likes of Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb and Teddy Hill. “Stompin At The Savoy” could be considered a theme or an anthem for the swing era. It’s a song that epitomizes this time in history, a time when jazz was a music of dancing.
This song is most commonly played in the key of Db major.

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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 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."


  1. this tune “stompin at the savoy” is not availtable under the index section of this site could u put it there to make it easier accessable thx 😛


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