Recommend me some Jazz songs to learn?

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  1. Zenyatta Mondatta

    Zenyatta Mondatta Member

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    I've recently gotten more interested in Jazz guitar. I'm learning Autumn Leaves and would love to hear recommendations for similar jazz standards, especially songs that are somewhat pensive and chordy and sound okay without a backing band.

    Thanks!
     
  2. jkendrick

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    Autumn Leaves is good start. I’m not a jazz player but I’ve dabbled. Here are some I’d suggest assuming you don’t have much jazz experience.

    All The Things You Are
    All Blues
    Song For My Father
    C-Jam Blues
    Take the “A” Train
    Summertime
    Blue Bossa
    Milestones
    Satin Doll
    Stella By Starlight
    Straight No Chaser
     
  3. JonR

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    I second those choices (although maybe ATTYA and Stella are a little advanced for a beginner, especially with no backing).
    I'd add Girl From Ipanema. Cheesy elevator music for some, I guess, but "chordy" enough while still suiting a solo guitar.
     
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  4. Zenyatta Mondatta

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    This is great, thank you!


    Thanks! I actually learned that one years ago, although the version I learned was just the backing chords. I'll have to find a version that maybe incorporates the vocal melody as well.
     
  5. GovernorSilver

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    I like this book. Comes w/ CD so you can hear how each tune ought to be played.

     
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    I'd also have a look at 'standard' jazz blues progressions.

    assuming you're already quite familiar with standard blues progressions, it's not hard to start adding in a few changes here and there to get to a jazz-blues, which can then reflect back to help you with your blues playing, if you're into that as well. jazz blues is difficult at speed, for sure, but you can take it slow and it's a lot of fun to play by yourself. you can also make it as simple or as complicated as you like.
     
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  7. Zenyatta Mondatta

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    Hmm, your link isn't showing up
     
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    gotta love TGP's auto-magic sometimes messing with Amazon links. Try Google with this title, lol at the forum software copying the font size and bold:

    Barry Galbraith Guitar Solos
     
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    Whenever someone criticizes Ipanema I ask them to play the bridge.
     
  10. Zenyatta Mondatta

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    Thank you!
     
  11. KRosser

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    The beginning 'jazz pack' that I start students on, chosen for both the utility of the tunes and the sub-genres of jazz they represent:

    Autumn Leaves - standard
    Blue Bossa - latin
    Solar - bebop
    Blue Monk - blues
    Cantaloupe Island - straight 8th/modal

    You're already on your way to having 20% of my list down!

    If you're specifically looking for songs that make good solo guitar tunes, "Manha de Carnival" is maybe a better choice for latin than "Blue Bossa". I use BB with new jazz students because it's written by a jazz musician for jazz musicians and as such has a lot of key elements of vocabulary right there in the composition.
     
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    The Jamey Aebersold Maiden Voyage play-along has a book and CD w good backing tracks. (What's listed as 'Solar Flair' is actually a Blue Bossa backing track).
    Listening to actual jazz should be concurrent with noodling over backing tracks. There's no reason why you can't jam along with Miles Davis.
     
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  13. Zenyatta Mondatta

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    Thanks very much, this is very helpful :)
     
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    those links won't show with an ad-blocker installed. So TGP parsing the links is only one part of the equation (if ad-block disabled, it shows for me). Sometime in recent history TGP started doing that- if you click on that link TGP can get credit from amazon for the referral.
     
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    not sure of the 'utility' but
    Bye Bye Blackbird for the diminished, or look at what people play on that change.
     
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    Summertime
    Take the A Train
    All of Me
    Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
    There Will Never Be Another You
    On Green Dolphin Street
    Georgia On My Mind
    Stardust
    Night and Day
    My Funny Valentine
    Misty
    Just Friends
    The Days of Wine and Roses
    Corcovado
    Ain’t Misbehavin
     
  18. cubistguitar

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    Great suggestions!!

    Been enjoying Honeysuckle Rose, throw that one in there to. The whole Monk catalog in my opinion. Cole Porter too, Easy to love, anything goes, what is this thing called love. Gershwin, nice work, I got rhythm.
     
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    One essential step in any jazz journey is spending lots of time
    with Workin', Cookin', Relaxin', and Steamin', all by the
    Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul
    Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. This is ground zero for mainstream
    jazz and every detail of the performances are worthy of deep study; also,
    the repertoire is the backbone of every jam session and pickup gig.
     
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    Hallelujah I just love her so. - Ray Charles
    Fever - Peggy Lee

    For blues/jazz crossover, have a listen to Lonnie Johnson.
     
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