Let me first say this: I love playing ballads. I can't wait until the next gig when I can crack out a fretless slab solo on The Nearness of You, and playing a simple two-feel chorus after chorus is incredibly satisfying. I look forward every time with a strong sense of anticipation everytime we crack out Nature Boy or Embraceable You. My quintet has 18 songs. 3 Bossas, 4 swing, and 11 -- count 'em, 11 -- ballads. We've got another gig coming up and another opportunity to add more songs, but all I can think of are ballads! We've got a singer, but the majority of the uptempo jazz I listen to is completely instrumental, and I'm the one who suggests almost all of the tunes. Out of the 7 tunes we can add, another is a (slow) bossa, 4 ballads, and 2 swing (It Don't Mean a Thing and Caravan.) The other more uptempo songs (uptempo being relative -- we're not playing Donna Lee here) we already have are Route 66, Fly Me To the Moon, If I Were a Bell (Miles changes,) and East of the Sun. Believe me -- we don't need any help in picking more ballads. Actually, I'm intentionally ignoring a LOT of them while picking songs, because we can load up our entire set with ballads quite easily. The challenge, at least for me, has been finding uptempo tunes with vocals. I've got a bit of an idea of where to look -- Duke and whatnot -- but do any of you guys have any particular favourite tunes to do with vocalists? Or, rather, for most of the people here...what songs do you hate doing the least with a vocalist?