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Graham Martin
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« on: Jan 01, 2017, 07:39PM »

Over the years I have tried to come up with a Master List of jazz tunes with which one should have some familiarity. Several jazz websites have tried to do the same thing and one that I have kept my eye on over the years is the FreeJazzInstitute.org website, which is an offshoot from AllAboutJazz website. This list seems to be one of the best and I decided to make it the nucleus of my own collection.

My next quest was to get these tunes entered into Band-in-A-Box so that I had a good backing for practice purposes. This I have now done, although I have many more tunes in my collection that are either from the Dixieland genre of jazz or just personal favourites mainly stolen from Pop music. However, I was just wondering what you felt about the main list from FreeJazzInstitute under their heading Essential Jazz Tunes and whether you feel there are any obvious omissions.

This is the list:

A Foggy Day
A Night In Tunisia
Afro Blue
Ain't Misbehavin'
All Blues
All Of Me
All The Things You Are
Alone Together
Anthropology
Autumn in New York
Autumn Leaves
Beautiful Love
Billie's Bounce
Blue Bossa
Blue Monk
Blue Trane
Blues For Alice
Bluesette
Body And Soul
Caravan
Cherokee
Confirmation
Cottontail
Darn that dream
Dolphin Dance
Donna Lee
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Fine and Dandy
Footprints
Four
Freddie Freeloader
Freedom Jazz Dance
Giant Steps
Girl From Ipanema, The

God Bless the Child
Have You Met Miss Jones
Here's That Rainy Day
Honeysuckle Rose
How Deep is the Ocean
How High the Moon
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Got Rhythm in F and B-flat
I Love You
I Should Care
I Thought About You standard
I'll Remember April
I'm in the Mood For Love
Impressions
In a Sentimental Mood
Indiana (Back Home Again in)
In Walked Bud
It Could Happen To You
It's You or No One
Joy Spring
Just Friends
Killer Joe
Lady Be Good
Lady Bird
Like someone in love
Love Me or Leave Me
Lullaby Of Birdland
Maiden Voyage
Meditation
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Misty
Moment's Notice swing
Moonlight in Vermont
My Favorite Things
My Funny Valentine
My One and Only Love
My Romance
Nica's Dream
Night and Day
Oleo
On Green Dolphin Street
Out of Nowhere
Over the Rainbow
Pennies from Heaven
Polkadots and Moonbeams
Recorda- me
Rhythmining
Round Midnight
Ruby My Dear
Satin Doll
Scrapple From The Apple
September in the Rain
So What
Softly, As in A Morning Sunrise
Solar
Someday My Prince Will Come
Song For My Father
St. Thomas
Stella By Starlight
Stolen Moments
Straight No Chaser
Sugar
Summertime
Take The A Train
Tea For Two
The Song Is You
There is no Greater Love
There Will Never Be Another You
These Foolish Things
Waltz For Debby
Wave
Well You Needn't
What Is This Thing Called Love?
What's New?
Willow Weep For Me
Yardbird Suite
Yesterdays
You Don't Know What Love Is
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

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« Reply #1 on: Jan 01, 2017, 08:02PM »

Wow.  Any chance you might make the Biab files available to form members?

Also,  is the melody line usually included in the Biab file?
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 01, 2017, 08:28PM »

Not sure what the criteria are for including in the list, but how about Nice Work if You Can Get It?

Trombonists should have I'm Getting Sentimental Over You are their list.

Nice to see Willow Weep for Me on your list.
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 01, 2017, 10:22PM »

Bit of a bias toward instrumental tunes in that list.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 01, 2017, 10:50PM »

No Ornithology?

A little light on blues? Things Ain't What They Used To Be, Tenor Madness, Now's the Time.
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 02, 2017, 12:45AM »

Wow.  Any chance you might make the Biab files available to form members?

Also,  is the melody line usually included in the Biab file?

The melody line is included in all my  BiaB files and usually the lyrics. Unfortunately the forum is not allowed to supply tunes because of copyright laws. However, as I have previously pointed out, you can get most of these tunes from the Yahoo Band-In-A-Box Group which has two huge libraries of tunes - one is tunes with melodies and the other is just backing tracks:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Band-in-a-Box/conversations/topics
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Band-in-a-Box-Files/info
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Band-in-a-Box-Files2/info

You must join all three groups before you are able to access and download the files.

I should also point out that many of the files are now quite old and mostly midi rhythm sections, not that I mind these and you can update to RealTracks more or less at the push of a button. There is a small bug with the conversion of lyrics because of the 2016 introduction of bar-based lyrics. PG Music are apparently working on this and it really is more of an annoyance than anything.

Also people organise swap groups etc. amongst their mates. ;-)

I also have the published music for all of my files as I like to check the progressions thoroughly. :/

 
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 02, 2017, 01:12AM »

Can somebody make a list of jazz tunes that are trombone-specific (let's say like I'm Getting Sentimental Over You or Too little time)? :/
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 02, 2017, 01:20AM »

Not sure what the criteria are for including in the list, but how about Nice Work if You Can Get It?

Trombonists should have I'm Getting Sentimental Over You are their list.

Nice to see Willow Weep for Me on your list.

The first thing I should point out is that it is not my list. The criteria for selection was that the tunes had to be on all the lists of several other jazz tune collection sites. As explained by the author:

"On most jazz sites, (such as http://www.AllAboutJazz.com, and http://www.TalkBass.com ), you can typically find a list of tunes that that site's users believe that everyone should know in order to be generally prepared. The lists vary from site to site, reflecting web-regional preferences just as you might find regional jam session preference differences. The following is the intersection of several of those lists, and I'll try to get the changes posted to as many of these as possible.
In the process of finding only the tunes common to many sites, and coming up with a "short list" a lot of great tunes got eliminated, but here are the common tunes:
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My list of favourite (if not essential) tunes to play is some 1200 tunes. And I also have subsidiary lists under specialist headings by genre, by bands I have played with, etc. I have been working with Band-in-a-Box for about 20 years and have used it to make up all the musician's band folders for several bands, not to mention festival bands I have organised in the past. Pant

"I'm Getting Sentimental" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" are certainly is in my BiaB favourites list and I have even put the TD transcription up on this forum. But "Yes" a list of essential trombone tunes might be another interesting idea. "Stardust" and "Angel Eyes" would also have to be there, judging by the number of trombone features there are on YouTube. Good!

My whole reason for putting this up was the 'essential' criteria; to make absolutely sure I had not missed anything. I was also interested in what the members of this forum felt about the list.
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 02, 2017, 01:38AM »

No Ornithology?

A little light on blues? Things Ain't What They Used To Be, Tenor Madness, Now's the Time.

Yep, definitely "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" should be added.

"Now's The Time" I have in my favourites list. But not "Tenor Madness", which I might add because I very much like the Sonny Rollins version. I have the music in the Real Book Volume II Second Edition and there are several backing tracks on YouTube. I have to say that most tenor players do it much to fast. Evil 
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