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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Blackbird, Dec 3, 2001.
For you guys who play Jazz, what songs do you play most frequently?
That's a good start. How many tunes are you looking for, BW? This could be a loooooooooong thread.
Seems I've had to play nearly every single number in my old "Essential Real Book"
I've got the newer Chuck Sher books too, but seldom use them, the cats seem to stick with the old Real Book.
I'll add only a few:
Fly me to the moon
Watch what happens
Girl From Ipanema
One Note Samba
Have you met miss jones
500 Miles High
I'm sure there are hundreds more....but it's early.
One of the guys I work with put together a book of changes called "Pocket Changes", which has about 400 tunes in it and is about 1/4 the size of the real book. It's available at www.jazzbooks.com , and would be a good start toward learning the basic "must know" tunes.
I've got a similar Pocket Real Book which has 625 tunes!
As many as I can get. Mostly, I'm thinking of the tunes that are so obviously called that most bassissts have them memorized. I have a growing repertoire, but would like to expand it in a functional way.
here's just a few more I can add to the list, pretty much everyone I see/hear/play with knows these.
There'll Never Be Another You (great!!)
What Is This Thing Called Love (another great!!)
Lullaby of Birdland
My Little Boat
Scrapple From The Apple
to name but eleven...
(off the top of my head - I don't have the set lists in front of me...)
...and some Coltrane-
(OK, so I did these in a Funk-Rock band).
What if my jazz band plays some rocky/funky stuff? LoL
Actually set list is usually...
A Night In Tunisia
Feels So Good
What Is Hip (Its funk..oh well)
If You Believe
Channel One Suite
Thats all I have on the top of my head.... my book of songs (not Real Book) has about a setlist of 50 that my band HAS played. So what if were picky bastards? lol.
i am very surprised that no one has mentioned
The Chicken a.k.a. The Funky Chicken
or Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
get the "Real Book" my friend. peace
htag and Pacman had some excellent starting points. Here are a few that either friends or I play or a lot:
Birth of the Blues
Nostalgia in Times Square
In a Mellow Tone
Song for My Father
Night and Day
Our Love is Here to Stay
Moonlight in Vermont
Bye Bye Blackbird
I Cried for You
Basin Street Blues
Oh, Lady Be Good
God Bless the Child
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Sure, this list may be a little obscure, but most of them are fairly well known (in my circles anyway). Do I have all of these memorized - oh good god no! Always something to strive for....
You rock Danny!
You said Basin Street Blues!!!
I LOVE that song, brings back good memories of me in my band class in 6th grade playing sax. First real song I learned, it was hard for me than, first song I ever performed live too.
I have four real books.
This is a process called "narrowing it down".
Thanks for the suggestion anyway.
Sorry Big Wheel..i must have missed that part when you put it in the thread. peace
I recently hooked up with some cats to get a new jazz thing going. Here's a list of some of the tunes we've decided to work up:
Mercy Mercy Mercy
Comin' Home Baby
This I Dig of You
Stella By Starlight