Jazz Standards

The following tunes are among those most commonly played by jazz musicians. I have made an attempt to categorize them based on how they are usually played. Most of the compositions are by jazz musicians, except for the ones marked “standard”.

You should try to become familiar with as many of these tunes as possible. Most of them can be found in the Real Book or in Chuck Sher’s books.

All Blues                         blues, modal
All Of Me                         standard
All The Things You Are            standard
Anthropology                      rhythm changes, swing
Au Privave                        blues, swing
Autumn Leaves                     standard
Beautiful Love                    standard
Beauty And The Beast              rock
Billie's Bounce                   blues, swing
Black Orpheus                     Latin
Blue Bossa                        Latin
Blue In Green                     ballad, modal
Blue Monk                         blues, swing
Blue Train                        blues, swing
Blues For Alice                   blues, swing
Bluesette                         3/4, swing
Body And Soul                     ballad, standard
C Jam Blues                       blues, swing
Caravan                           Latin, swing
Ceora                             Latin
Cherokee                          swing
Confirmation                      swing
Darn That Dream                   ballad, standard
Desafinado                        Latin
Dolphin Dance                     modal, non-tonal
Donna Lee                         swing
Don't Get Around Much Anymore     swing
E.S.P                             non-tonal
A Foggy Day                       standard
Footprints                        3/4, blues, modal
Freddie Freeloader                blues, modal
Freedom Jazz Dance                non-tonal
Four                              swing
Giant Steps                       swing
The Girl From Ipanema             Latin
Goodbye, Pork Pie Hat             ballad, swing
Have You Met Miss Jones           standard
I Mean You                        swing
I Remember Clifford               ballad, swing
I Thought About You               standard
If I Were A Bell                  standard
Impressions                       modal
In A Sentimental Mood             ballad, swing
In Walked Bud                     swing
Joy Spring                        swing
Just Friends                      standard
Killer Joe                        swing
Lady Bird                         swing
Lullaby Of Birdland               swing
Mr. P.C.                          blues, swing
Maiden Voyage                     modal
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy               rock
Misty                             ballad, standard
Moment's Notice                   swing
My Favorite Things                3/4, modal, standard
My Funny Valentine                ballad, standard
My Romance                        standard
Naima                             ballad, modal
A Night In Tunisia                Latin, swing
Nica's Dream                      Latin, swing
Nostalgia In Times Square         swing
Now's The Time                    blues, swing
Oleo                              rhythm changes, swing
On Green Dolphin Street           Latin, swing, standard
Ornithology                       swing
Recorda Me                        Latin
Red Clay                          rock
Round Midnight                    ballad, swing
St. Thomas                        Latin
Satin Doll                        swing
Scrapple From The Apple           swing
The Sidewinder                    blues, swing
So What                           modal
Solar                             swing
Some Day My Prince Will Come      3/4, standard
Song For My Father                Latin
Speak No Evil                     modal, non-tonal
Stella By Starlight               standard
Stolen Moments                    blues, modal
Straight, No Chaser               blues, swing
Sugar                             swing
Summertime                        standard
Take Five                         5/4, modal
Take The "A" Train                swing
There Is No Greater Love          standard
There Will Never be Another You   standard
Up Jumped Spring                  3/4, swing
Waltz For Debby                   3/4, swing
Wave                              Latin
Well, You Needn't                 swing
When I Fall In Love               ballad, standard
Yardbird Suite                    swing