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Jazz players, Share your set lists? (Must know jazz tunes)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Blackbird, Dec 3, 2001.

  1. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    For you guys who play Jazz, what songs do you play most frequently?
  2. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    That's a good start. How many tunes are you looking for, BW? This could be a loooooooooong thread.
  3. 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.
  4. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I'll add only a few:

    Fly me to the moon
    Watch what happens
    Girl From Ipanema
    One Note Samba
    Sudden Samba
    Mr Magic
    Morning Dance
    Have you met miss jones
    500 Miles High
    Red Clay

    I'm sure there are hundreds more....but it's early.
  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    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.
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I've got a similar Pocket Real Book which has 625 tunes!
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    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.
  8. here's just a few more I can add to the list, pretty much everyone I see/hear/play with knows these.
    Freddie Freeloader
    There'll Never Be Another You (great!!)
    'Round Midnight
    Watermelon Man
    What Is This Thing Called Love (another great!!)
  9. er um...

    Red Door
    Douce Ambiance
    Bernie's Tune
    Silver's Serenade
    Lullaby of Birdland
    My Little Boat
    Scrapple From The Apple
    Gentle Rain

    to name but eleven...

    (off the top of my head - I don't have the set lists in front of me...)

    - Wil
  10. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...and some Coltrane-

    "Giant Steps"
    "Afro Blue"

    (OK, so I did these in a Funk-Rock band).
  11. 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
    Green Onions

    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.
  12. i am very surprised that no one has mentioned

    The Chicken a.k.a. The Funky Chicken
  13. or Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
  14. Maiden Voyage
  15. b0nes83


    Dec 14, 2000
    get the "Real Book" my friend. peace
  16. htag and Pacman had some excellent starting points. Here are a few that either friends or I play or a lot:

    Billie's Bounce
    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
    Angel Eyes
    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....
  17. 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.

  18. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I have four real books.

    This is a process called "narrowing it down".:p

    Thanks for the suggestion anyway.


  19. b0nes83


    Dec 14, 2000
    Sorry Big Wheel..i must have missed that part when you put it in the thread. peace
  20. 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:
    Canteloupe Island
    Mercy Mercy Mercy
    'Round Midnight
    Stolen Moments
    Comin' Home Baby
    This I Dig of You
    Killer Joe
    Stella By Starlight
    So What
    The Sidewinder

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