Beginning Jazz Tune List

This list is a starting place. Often I see Jazz tune lists and I get overwhelmed. This list is an attempt to list songs from easiest to more difficult.

Blues (or Blues-like)

  • C Jam Blues
  • Night Train
  • Sonnymoon for Two
  • Watermelon Man
  • Cantaloupe Island
  • Blue Monk
  • Summertime
  • Moanin’
  • The Preacher

(vi) ii V7 I

  • Tune Up
  • How High the Moon
  • Satin Doll
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Black Orpheus
  • I Could Write a Book
  • Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
  • Take the ‘A’ Train
  • I’ve Got Rhythm
  • All of Me

Circle of 5ths

  • Autumn Leaves
  • All the Things You Are
  • Sweet Georgia Brown
  • Bluesette
  • Take Five
  • Chameleon
  • Footprints
  • So What
  • Impressions

Good to know (other songs I like)

  • St. Thomas
  • The Girl from Ipanema
  • My Funny Valentine
  • Blue Bossa
  • Body and Soul
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
  • Georgia on my mind
  • A Foggy Day
  • I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free