Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicJazz · 1 decade ago

what are some good jazz songs ?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    My favorite jazz standards are:

    (1) Summer Samba (So Nice) (performed by Walter Wanderley),

    (2) Fly Me to the Moon (Bossa Nova) (performed by Joe Harnell),

    (3) Green Dolphin Street (performed by Oscar Peterson and Milt Jackson),

    (4) Our Love is Here to Stay (performed by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong),

    (5) Sleepin' Bee (performed by Nancy Wilson),

    (6) Li'l Darlin' (performed by Count Basie),

    (7) Girl Talk by Neal Hefti,

    (8) Skyliner (performed by the Manhattan Transfer),

    (9) Do Do Do (performed by Gertrude Lawrence), and

    (10) Cherokee (performed by Henry Mancini).

    Aside from these, among my top 100 favorite jazz recordings are:

    (1) Daydreaming by Fattburger,

    (2) Rainforest by Paul Hardcastle (Jazzmasters),

    (2) Journey through Ixtlan by Freddie Ravel,

    (3) Children's Games performed by Lee Ritenour,

    (4) Route 66 performed by Nat King Cole,

    (5) Polo in the Palisades by Russ Freeman,

    (6) Almost an Angel by Fattburger,

    (7) Killer Joe performed by Quincy Jones,

    (8) Northern Lights by Paul Hardcastle (Jazzmasters),

    (9) Stolen Moments performed by Oliver Nelson,

    (10) Love Will Follow performed by George Howard,

    (11) Misty Roses performed by Astrud Gilberto,

    (12) Joy Spring performed by Freddie Hubbard,

    (13) Corner Pocket performed by Count Basie,

    (14) Hooray for Hollywood performed by Benny Goodman,

    (15) Thunder Walk by George Benson,

    (16) Sun Goddess performed by Ramsey Lewis,

    (17) Come Fly with Me performed by Frank Sinatra,

    (18) The Late Late Show performed by Dakota Staton,

    (19) Waltz for Debby by Bill Evans, and

    (20) Computer Incantations for World Peace by Jean-Luc Ponty.

    The 100 Best Jazz Standards (from a survey at are:

    Ain’t Misbehavin'


    All Blues

    All Of Me

    All Or Nothing At All

    All the Things You Are

    Alone Together

    Autumn Leaves

    Back Home Again In Indiana

    Beautiful Love

    Bernie’s Tune

    Black Orpheus

    Blue Bossa


    Body & Soul

    But Not For Me

    Chelsea's Bridge




    Darn That Dream

    Days of Wine and Roses

    Don’t Get Around Much Anymore


    East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)

    Embraceable You

    A Foggy Day


    Forest Flower

    Georgia On My Mind

    Giant Steps

    Green Dolphin Street

    Have You Net Miss Jones

    Honeysuckle Rose

    How Deep Is The Ocean

    How High The Moon

    I Fall in Love Too Easily

    I Love You

    I Should Care

    I Thought About You

    I’m Getting Sentimental Over You

    If I Were a Bell

    I'm Confessin'

    In Your Own Sweet Way

    Infant Eyes

    It Could Happen to You

    Just Friends

    Lady Be Good


    Lazy Bird

    Like Someone In Love

    Limehouse Blues

    Lush Life

    Mack The Knife

    Maiden Voyage

    Midnight In Moscow



    Moment's Notice

    Moon River

    Moonlight Serenade

    My Foolish Heart

    My One and Only Love

    Night In Tunisia

    Old Devil Moon

    One Note Samba

    Out of Nowhere

    Prelude to a Kiss

    Quiet Nights


    'Round Midnight

    Satin Doll

    Scrapple From the Apple

    Shadow Of Your Smile

    So What – Impressions

    Softly as in a Morning Sunrise


    Someday My Prince Will Come

    Somewhere Over The Rainbow

    Song for My Father

    Speak No Evil

    Star Eyes


    Stella By Starlight

    Stompin' At The Savoy


    Sweet Georgia Brown

    Tadd's Delight

    Take the A Train

    Tea For Two


    That's A Plenty

    The Girl From Ipanema

    The Song Is You

    There is No Greater Love

    There Will Never Be Another You


    Waltz for Debbie

    What Is this Thing Called Love

    What's New



    A compilation called "The 100 Greatest Jazz Vocal Standards" is below (to listen to some samples, go to

    1. Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday/Cassandra Wilson)

    2. Summertime (Ella Fitzgerald/Nina Simone)

    3. God Bless the Child (Billie Holiday/Carmen McRae)

    4. What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong/Etta Jones)

    5. What A Difference A Day Made (Dinah Washington/Sarah Vaughan)

    6. My Funny Valentine (Sarah Vaughan/Chet Baker)

    7. Mack The Knife (Frank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald)

    8. Body and Soul (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)

    9. Someone To Watch Over Me (Blossom Dearie/Ella Fitzgerald)

    10. You've Changed (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)

    11. Lullabye of Birdland (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald)

    12. Fine and Mellow (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)

    13. Fever (Peggy Lee/Michael Buble)

    14. The End of A Love Affair (Billie Holiday/Chaka Khan)

    15. How High The Moon (Ella Fitzgerald/June Christy)

    16. Don't Explain (Billie Holiday/Dinah Washington)

    17. Oh Lady, Be Good! (Ella Fitzgerald/Mel Torme)

    18. You Don't Know What Love Is (Billie Holiday/Dinah Washington)

    19. Teach Me Tonight (Dinah Washington/Al Jarreau)

    20. Stormy Weather (Lena Horne/Dinah Washington)

    21. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (Eartha Kitt/Billie Holiday)

    22. They Can't Take That Away From Me (Ella Fitzgerald/Frank Sinatra)

    23. The Very Thought of You (Billie Holiday/ Nat King Cole)

    24. East of the Sun (West of the Moon) (Lee Wiley/Diana Krall)

    25. I Loves You Porgy (Nina Simone/Billie Holiday)

    26. Black Coffee (Peggy Lee/Sarah Vaughan)

    27. (Corcovado) Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Sarah Vaughan/Astrud Gilberto)

    28. What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Billie Holiday/Betty Carter)

    29. Night and Day (Billie Holiday/Mel Torme)

    30. It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Ernestine Anderson/Tony Bennet)

    31. Willow Weep For Me (Billie Holiday/Nina Simone)

    32. I've Got You Under My Skin (Dinah Washington/Frank Sinatra)

    33. Prelude To A Kiss (Sarah Vaughan/June Christy)

    34. Tenderly (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Sarah Vaughan)

    35. Like Someone In Love (Sarah Vaughan/Chet Baker)

    36. Misty (Sarah Vaughan/Billy Eckstine)

    37. Unforgettable (Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole/Johnny Hartman)

    38. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Billie Holiday/Chet Baker)

    39. Fly Me To The Moon Frank Sinatra/Astrud Gilberto)

    40. Peel Me A Grape (Anita O'Day/Diana Krall)

    41. Georgia On My Mind (Ray Charles/Shirley Horn)

    42. Girl from Impanema (Astrud Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim/Eartha Kitt)

    43. My Man's Gone Now (Sarah Vaughan/Nina Simone)

    44. But Beautiful (Billie Holiday/Carmen McRae)

    45. Autumn Leaves (Sarah Vaughan/Eva Cassiday)

    46. But Not For Me (Billie Holiday/Chris Connor)

    47. Easy Living (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)

    48. Solitude (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)

    49. A Night In Tunisia (Ella Fitzgerald/Lamberts, Hendrick, & Ross)

    50. Love Me or Leave Me (Billie Holiday/Nina Simone)

    51. Blue Skies (Ella Fitzgerald/Dinah Washington)

    52. My Favorite Things (Sarah Vaughan/Tony Bennett)

    53. Stardust (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald)

    54. You Belong To Me (Ella Fitzgerald/Jo Stafford)

    55. Agua De Beber (Water To Drink) (Astrud Gilberto/Frank Sinatra)

    56. Embraceable You (Sarah Vaughan/Etta James)

    57. If I Were A Bell (Dinah Washington/Ella Fitzgerald)

    58. Love Letters (Diana Krall/Nat King Cole)

    59. Skylark (Susannah McCorkle/Ernestine Anderson)

    60. Cheek To Cheek (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Sarah Vaughan)

    61. Something Cool (June Christy/Carol Sloane)

    62. Good Morning Heartache (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)

    63. Sophisticated Lady (Ella Fitzgerald/Billy Eckstine)

    64. Poor Butterfly (Sarah Vaughan/Helen Merril)

    65. 'Deed I Do (Lee Wiley/Diana Krall)

    66. Time After Time (Chet Baker/Ernestine Anderson)

    67. Cry Me A River (Dinah Washington/Etta James)

    68. I Only Have Eyes For You (Mark Murphy/Frank Sinatra)

    69. April In Paris (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong)

    70. Cloudburst (Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross/Jon Hendricks)

    71. Dedicated To You (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald)

    72. My Man (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)

    73. Manhattan (Blossom Dearie/Stacy Kent)

    74. Twisted (Annie Ross/Manhattan Transfer)

    75. A Fine Romance (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Billie Holiday)

    76. You Go To My Head (Billie Holiday Frank Sinatra)

    77. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Billie Holiday)

    78. You Better Go Now (Jeri Southern/Billie Holiday)

    79. 'S Wonderful (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald)

    80. Speak Low (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)

    81. A Tisket A Tasket (Ella Fitzgerald/Mildred Bailey)

    82. All Of Me (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)

    83. Straighten Up and Fly Right (Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole)

    84. Them There Eyes (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)

    85. Tell Me More, And More, And Then Some (Billie Holiday/Nina Simone)

    86. You'll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini) (Ella Fitzgerald/Dee Dee Bridgewater)

    87. In A Mellow Tone (Ella Fitzgerald/Johnny Mathis)

    88. Our Love Is Here To Stay (Dinah Washington/Ella Fitzgerlad)

    89. Violets For Your Furs (Billie Holiday/Frank Sinatra)

    90. I Cover The Waterfront (Billie Holiday/Dinah Washington)

    91. This Bitter Earth (Dinah Washington/Etta James)

    92. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (Helen Merril/Ella Fitzgerald)

    93. Take the "A" Train (Betty Roche/Anita O'Day)

    94. I Walk A Little Faster (Blossom Dearie/Tony Bennet)

    95. I Could Write A Book (Dinah Washington/Betty Carter)

    96. I'll Get By ( As Long As I Have You ) (Billie Holiday/ Peggy Lee)

    97. Once Upon A Summertime (Blossom Dearie/Astrud Gilberto)

    98. That Old Feeling (Chet Baker/Billy Eckstine)

    99. Rockin' Chair (Mildred Bailey/Peggy Lee)

    100. The Waters of March (Agua De Marco) (Susannah McCorkle/Mark Murphy)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well man that is a broad question but I have a few favorites:

    1. St Vitus Dance- Horace Silver (beautiful piece with a piano, drums, and bass)

    2. Autumn Leaves- A lot of artists play this but I like Cannonball Adderly's version.

    3. Blue Train- John Coltrane (ultiamte classic)

    4. Blue Monk- Thelonious Monk (another classic must have

    5. Favorite Things- John Coltrane

    6. Body and Soul- Stan Getz

    7. A Night in Tunisia- Art Blakey or Dizzy Gillespie

    8. Moanin- Art Blakey

    9. Freddie Freeloader- Miles Davis

    10. Kind of Blue- Miles Davis

    11. Sister Sadie- Horace Silver

    12. Cherokee- Clifford Brown and Maz Roach

    13. Sidewinder- Lee Morgan

    14. Somewhere over the Rainbow- Louis Armstrong

    15. Basin Street Blues- Louis Armstrong

    16. No Bananas- Louis Prima

    17. Monk's Dream- Thelonious Monk

    18. Body and Soul Thelonious Monk

    19. Central Park West- John Coltrane

    20. Quicksilver- Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, Horace Silver

    21. Kind of Blue- Miles Davis

    22. Maiden Voyage- Herbie Hancock

    23. Strode Rode- Sonny Rollins

    24. Four on Six- Wes Montgomery

    25. Summertime

    26. Green Sleeves- John Coltrane

    27. Tea for Two- Theloios Monk

    28. Pennies From Heaven- Stan Getz and Oscar Peterson

    29. Round About Midnight- Thelonious Monk

    30 Round About Midnight- Grant Green

    31. Green Street- Grant Green

    32. Summertime- Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

    33. I Got Plenty O Nuttin'- Gershwin or Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald

    34. It Don't Mean A Thing- Duke Ellington

    35. Unforgettable- Natalie and Nat King Cole

    36. Girl from Impanena- Stan Getz

    37. April in Paris- Count Basie

    Cd's To Get:

    1. Something Else- Cannonbal lAdderly

    2. Night Train- Oscar Peterson

    3. Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio- Sran Getz

    4. Blowin' the Blues Away- Horace Silver

    5. A Night at Birdland Vol. 1- Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, Horace Silver

    6. Study in Brown- Clifford Brown and Max Roach

    7. Monk's Dream- Thelonius Monk

    8. Sidewinder- Lee Morgan

    9. Live at Basin Street- Mr. Louis Armstrong

    10. Kind of Blue- Miles Davis

    11. Blue Train- John Coltrane

    12. Love Supreme- John Coltrane

    13. Giant Steps- John Coltrane

    14. MIngus Ah Um- Charles Mingus

    15. Monkism- Thelonious Monk

    16. Maiden Voyage- Herbie Hancock

    17. Saxophone Colussus- Sonny Rollins

    18. Lester Young And Oscar Peterson

    19. Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery

    20. Green Street- Grant Green

    All these are classics and must haves for jazz collectors. Its a great start, good luck!

    Source(s): My Personal Favorites. All My Opinions
  • 1 decade ago

    Depends what kinid of jazz... bebop, dixie, swing, big band, hardbop...etc. Some basic ones could be the whole Miles Davis kind of blue album. Also Summertime, autumn leaves, whatever from bill evans...etc.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I love the Louis Armstrong CD called "the Best of the Decca Years - Vol One". - some great old standards like:

    on the sunny side of the street

    that lucky old sun

    lazy river

  • 1 decade ago

    some of the best artists in jazz genre are: sade, norah jones, paul hardcastle, rick braun, jim brickman, acoustic alchemy, diane krall, miles davis, harry connick jr., herbie hancock, steve cole, najee, incognito..etc

    but there's different types of jazz too..i.e. smooth jazz, contemporary, big band swings, acid, avant garde, soul...etc

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  • 1 decade ago

    sway - michael buble

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