Before you start...

Download our free eGuide "Learn Jazz Standards The Smart Way" and make sure you are setting yourself up for success!

Chord Charts

“Tenor Madness” is a Bb blues written by the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.  It is also the title track of his hit record “Tenor Madness” which was recorded on May 24th, 1956.   This tune is also the only recording that Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane ever did together.  Check out the original recording and be prepared to be blown away by these two tenor giants’ solo’s.  As I always mention for every blues post, please pay special attention to the melody and create your solo with that in mind rather than resort to playing your “blues stuff”.

Videos to learn the melody/changes

Previous article
Next article
Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra
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."

Tenor Madness Chord Charts

Follow Us

Join the LJS Inner Circle Membership

Join the Inner Circle


I want to...