What are some good Jazz songs?

I was wondering if you could give some suggestions for good Jazz songs, preferably by the famous ones, like Sonny Stitt, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Fats, and others. Thanks for your help!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    here's a baker's dozen of variegated goodies that come to mind, some obvious, perhaps, others less so, and with no duplication of artists, so as to allow for some variety:

    1. Chet Baker's "Someone To Watch Over Me" (his 3:00 approximate original rendition with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman, etc.).

    2. Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman."

    3. John Coltrane's "Syeeda's Song Flute."

    4. Elmo Hope's "Stars Over Marakesh."

    5. Alberta Hunter's "Amtrak Blues" (chronologically-removed recording-wise from what you're apparently looking for, but it fits stylistically, I think).

    6. Yusef Lateef's "Water Pistol."

    7. Abbey Lincoln's rendition of "Don't Explain," from her fine "That's Him" album.

    8. Charles Mingus' "Moanin'"

    9. Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" (I'd go with the "Genius of Modern Music" recording of it).

    10. Herbie Nichols' "House Party Starting."

    11. Art Pepper's "Surf Ride" (the 50s Savoy original of it, probably, given your apparent tastes).

    12. Django Reinhardt's "Nuages."

    13. Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas."

    Source(s): you can sample or download any or all of these songs from Amazon.com, which means that they're probably available via ITunes also...
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    here's my list, last guy had good list but half were ellington songs, which i supposed you could make a case for. How about by decade?

    This would get you grounded and figure out exactly what kind of jazz you really like.

    20s Struttin with some BBQ - Louis Armstrong

    30s It Dont Mean a Thing if it Aint got that Swing - Ellington

    40s Sing Sing Sing Benny Goodman

    50s So What- Miles Davis

    60s My Favorite Things - John Coltrane

    70s Fly with the Wind - McCoy Tyner

    80s Turnaround - Pat Metheny

    90s A Go-Go - Jon Scofield

    00s Footprints - Bruce Jackson

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  • 1 decade ago

    Sing, Sing, Sing

    Ain't Misbehavin'

    Singing the Blues

    Satin Doll

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  • 1 decade ago

    Green Dolphin Street - Mel Torme

    St. Thomas (don't recall artist)

    Anything by Billie Holiday

    Sketches of Spain - Miles Davis

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  • 1 decade ago

    Try the big female jazz vocalists, like Ella Fitzgerald, Sara Vaughan, Billie Holiday.

    I'm into jazz fusion, you might want to check out that. Allan Holdsworth, John Scofield.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong


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  • 1 decade ago

    satin doll--ellington

    scrapple from the apple-parker


    sophisticated lady

    yardbird suite-parker


    i got it bad-ellington

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sway with me Michael buble

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  • 1 decade ago

    Sing Sing Sing, dunno who it's by but it's a classic.

    A Taste of Honey, so many people have recorded this song, so if you just search around you'll find the version you like best.

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