Are you a regular at you local jam session(s)? Or perhaps, you're a little afraid of them. Whatever the case may be, here's the podcast on the best reasons to attend your local jazz jam sessions. They're mostly always interesting learning experiences. Jam sessions can help you grow, since you'll be meeting other people interested in the same things (jazz!) as you are. Enjoy! :-)
Here's a shortlist of tunes that are very commonly called at most jazz jam sessions. It's by no means an exhaustive list, so write in the comments below some names of tunes you think are missing!
- There Will Never Be Another You
- All the Things You Are
- Have You Met Miss Jones
- Autumn Leaves
- A multitude of blues heads, such as C Jam Blues (in C), Tenor Madness (in Bb), Sunny Moon For Two (in Bb), Straight No Chaser (in Bb, or sometimes F)...
- Check out our list of top 50 blues heads!
- Blues for Alice (a Bird Blues)
- Donna Lee (usually with all instruments playing the head in unison, à la Joe Pass and NHØP)
- How High the Moon
- What Is This Thing Called Love
- Take the "A" Train
- Stella By Starlight
- In a Sentimental Mood
- Body and Soul (especially for those tenor sax players :P )
- Black Orpheus
- The Girl From Ipanema
- Blue Bossa
- How Insensitive
- Satin Doll
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