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Help me pick a jazz standard!

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by mikeyv123, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. mikeyv123


    Nov 20, 2013
    Hey guys,

    So I'm going to be auditioning to Humber (Toronto) and I need to pick a jazz standard to walk around the chords with.

    I'm relatively new to jazz standards but I know the most popular ones. It was suggested to me that I pick one that the instructor at the audition wouldn't have heard over and over again that day, so I would stick out and sound refreshing.

    I was going to pick Autumn Leaves before that, reasons being: because I like the chord progression (mostly a chord per bar) since I'm new to walking bass this gives me lots of room to walk around before the next chord. And it's just a pretty simple medium swing, nothing too crazy going on.

    But seeing how Autumn Leaves is so popular, lots of other bassists might pick this.

    So can you guys help me pick a standard similar to this one that isn't quite as popular?

  2. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Serenade to a Cuckoo. Or if you want to do a Latin, Como En Vietnam.
  3. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Green Dolphin Street. Great tune with great changes, or maybe Nardis by Miles Davis.
  4. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Anything by Cole Porter
  5. Johnny StingRay

    Johnny StingRay

    Nov 24, 2006
    My three favorites..........Days of Wine and Roses, Satin Doll, Sophisticated Lady.
  6. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Cole Porters worth a mention:
    Our Love is Here to Stay
    You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
    Love For Sale
    Night And Day
    Great changes, great melodies, and if you have a singer, great lyrics
  7. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    The Sorcerer. herp derp
  8. rstellar13

    rstellar13 Sarcastic Panda

    Sep 2, 2012
    Allentown, PA
    Nuages, Stella by Starlight, or Four on Six at the correct tempo can be pretty fun
  9. mikeyv123


    Nov 20, 2013
    thanks a lot guys, gonna try some of these out
  10. mikeyv123


    Nov 20, 2013
    this is great advice, thanks a lot!

    i think ive chosen "you go to my head" really like that one
  11. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    And I DEFINITELY recommend learning the lyrics. It's not just about connecting to the emotional content of the words (although that's a good thing to have), it's the best way to develop a personal interpretation of the melody in a way that still connects to the written word. You don't have to phrase "...and you linger like a haunting refrain..." exactly as it's written on the page, but if you are just playing the notes and not the words you end up with stuff like

    andyoulin gerlike a haunt ingre frain

    And that not only sounds bad to anyone who knows the tune, it actually sounds awkward to people who don't (bitter personal experience).

    Find a singer you like (but both Tony Bennett and Billie Holiday have great versions) and listen to them a LOT, try to cop their phrasing....
  12. ^ Spot on Ed!!
  13. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    The Way You Look Tonight.
  14. "They Can't Take That Away From Me"
  15. davidhilton

    davidhilton Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 13, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Solar, There will never be another you, Beautiful Love, Softly as Morning sunrise.