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Monkeyswithladders
11-17-2009, 04:05 PM
Bonjourno!

If any of you feel up to helping me make a set list, I'm searching for suggestions of jazz standards I should learn. I would really appreciate any suggestions :)

I was asked to play at an Art Gallery this February and am too self-loathing of a singer to attempt any uke/vocal songs, so my new project is arranging a bunch of chord/melody jazz standards for ukulele and am going to start practicing a ton. It's been a ball getting started over the last few days, and is been by far the most difficult playing I've attempted on ukulele. I'm really liking the push to do something harder and different than what I'm used to though.

So far I've tabbed out:
Epistrophy by Thelonious Monk
Fly Me to the Moon by Bart Howard
and Girl Talk by Neal Hefti

I might also use a melody tab of Here Comes the Sun and Somewhere Over the Rainbow I found online, so they really don't specifically have to be jazz. Just something cool that you'd expect to hear as you walk around a gallery viewing fine art :)

Oh, and when I'm done I'll definitely scan my arrangements and share them with the community, but it might take a bit for me to figure them out, tab them, and then revise them for what works. The Thelonious Monk piece was a B to get on our beloved little instrument, lol.

gotrice415510
11-17-2009, 04:10 PM
try Blue Bossa! awesome song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww5f5aAk9Vk

also Kalei Gamiao's version of "Aint No Sunshine" seems like it could work for ur show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysOCUKFpZZ0

last one, romance in D by mister AG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9A6at5Hhzc

good luck


also, post up those tabs if u can! im sure ppl will appreciate them

RevWill
11-17-2009, 04:43 PM
The tracklist of Willie Nelson's Stardust album is a great place to start.

Stardust
Georgia On My Mind
Blue Skies
All of Me
Unchained Melody
September Song
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Moonlight in Vermont
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Someone to Watch Over Me
Scarlet Ribbons
I Can See Clearly Now

Ukulele JJ
11-17-2009, 04:50 PM
Man, there are so many good ones out there! For starters...


Body and Soul
My Funny Valentine
All of Me
Any Gershwin, such as:

Summertime
I Got Rhythm
They Can't Take That Away From Me

Any Cole Porter, such as:

I Get a Kick Out of You
So In Love
Night and Day
I Concentrate on You

Any Jobim, such as:

Desafinado
Corcovado
Girl From Ipanema
Wave

Misty
Skylark
Any Rogers & Hart...
Days of Wine and Roses
Round Midnight
How High the Moon


Yeah, these are more "Great American Songbook" jazz than they are Be-Bop shredding tunes. But if you're playing for an audience, I say play stuff they know and like and want to hear.

JJ

Ukulele JJ
11-17-2009, 05:07 PM
More thoughts:

My comments about playing songs people "know and like" was based on a standard art galley audience of mostly "normal" consumers of music. Obviously there may be situations/audiences where busting out "Donna Lee" or "Peaches en Regalia" would be the perfect thing to do. :D

What makes something "jazz" isn't the song itself. It's the way the song is played. Heck, most of the jazz standards were originally just regular old Broadway show tunes that were jazzed-up. When Miles Davis plays a Cyndi Lauper song, or Coltrane plays something from "The Sound of Music", they make it jazz. But you can also play "Salt Peanuts" in a manner so square that it bears no relation to jazz.

JJ

lisaxy424
11-17-2009, 05:28 PM
Man, there are so many good ones out there! For starters...

Please let me know when the Ukulele JJ album with these songs comes out...:love:

Monkeyswithladders
11-17-2009, 06:04 PM
wow, thanks for all the suggestions you guys! I'll be busy listening to all of those over the next few days!

As for the nature of what I'm doing, I don't think it's a "show" as in like an area with an audience coming to see me. When they asked me to play they seemed to want that (but they haven't seen or heard anything of me other than that I play ukulele). I declined saying that I probably wouldn't be the best for that kind of act, but if they wanted to set up a small stage in the gallery for me to play background music on an event night as people walked around, I'd be glad to do so. So that's what I think I'm doing.

As for jazz itself, I spent about a year listening to a ton of jazz (kicked off by a jazz appreciation course) and was really into musicians like Thelonious Monk, Jelly Roll Morton, Dizzy Gilespie, Charlie Parker... but I never "got out" into any jazz circles to know what songs other people recognize or enjoy, and slowly over time stopped buying jazz albums altogether- so my knowledge on popular jazz is pretty stale. So JJ, you kind of hit the nail on the head when you remarked on what people know and love. The thing is that I know what kinds of songs I know and love, but have no idea what the more common and popular jazz standards are so that people walking by might recognize a tune and smile while they're there:)

KenjiBeast
11-17-2009, 06:13 PM
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11858836

This fellow's given me a measure of inspiration.. www.allaboutjazz.com is also a fantastic resource.

That said, I'd repeat the sentiment that jazz is never inherent in a composition. It's in the fingers, man! If you really get into it, a lot of cats just rip the heads off old standards and reharmonize them, or stick a new melody on an old set of changes. Love it like jazz. It's divine, it's asinine, it's depressing and it's almost certainly window dressing..

grammy
11-17-2009, 10:26 PM
autumn leaves.
la vie en rose
the bear necessities
high society calypso
running wild.

buddhuu
11-17-2009, 10:53 PM
Sweet Georgia Brown

Stormy Weather

Makin' Whoopee

Ain't Misbehavin'

Only a Paper Moon

sebi
11-17-2009, 11:23 PM
I'd love to hear (and see) these two standards played on ukulele:

Miles Davis' So What (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEC8nqT6Rrk)

and especially

John Coltrane's Giant Steps (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kotK9FNEYU)

:iwant:

Lanark
11-18-2009, 02:21 AM
I might suggest just going ahead and investing in some books like the Standards Real Books (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_sq_top/187-1295260-4978445?_encoding=UTF8&keywords=standards%20real%20book&index=blended&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_r=1QDGBTY4AGZ2R998QSGT&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_i=1883217091) which have a goodly variety of stuff with the changes and alternate chords as played by musicians and more than a few songs you'd recognize but might not immediately occur to you. The one I've been working my way through when I need something new has stuff from Fats Waller to Ellington to Henry Mancini (I was working out "Days of Wine and Roses" just yesterday. Just a gorgeous tune.) and tons of stuff I know from Sinatra records.

You'd also probably want a really good chord book to go with it too. It's been a great way to learn cool songs and all kinds of 11ths, 13ths and long ass compound chords full of Flat 5ths and Sharp 9ths.

I personally find it is entirely worth making the investment in the book with the actual chords for something over spending a lot of time fixing internet tabs.

I'd also love to see how you worked out "Epistrophy" if you wanna share....

Ukulele JJ
11-18-2009, 02:34 AM
I might suggest just going ahead and investing in some books like the Standards Real Books (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_sq_top/187-1295260-4978445?_encoding=UTF8&keywords=standards%20real%20book&index=blended&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_r=1QDGBTY4AGZ2R998QSGT&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_i=1883217091)

Good point. I've been using the old-school Real Book since back in its "illegal" days. Now they're legit, and all are worth buying:

Volume I (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0634060384)

Volume II (http://www.amazon.com/dp/063406021X)

Volume III (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0634061364)

I always bring all three when I do jazz (piano) gigs.

JJ

Kimosabe
11-18-2009, 03:43 AM
Glen Rose has two great little jazz books that are well worth the money, teach you about common jazz patterns, chords, voicing and give you a total of about fifteen very nice song. You can contact him at glenrose88@yahoo.com or I believe his website is jazzyuke. Anyway, look him up. He also shows how to use fake books.

rogue_wave
11-18-2009, 03:51 AM
Don't forget Lyle Ritz. He has a few great jazz ukulele albums and Flea Market Music has songbooks and tabs.

http://www.mele.com/music/artist/ohta-san+&+lyle+ritz/ukulele+duo/
http://www.mele.com/music/artist/herb+ohta+%26+lyle+ritz/a+night+of+%60ukulele+jazz/

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/Jumpin-Jim-s-Ukulele-Masters-Lyle-Ritz/3809344

existence
11-18-2009, 08:58 AM
More thoughts:

My comments about playing songs people "know and like" was based on a standard art galley audience of mostly "normal" consumers of music. Obviously there may be situations/audiences where busting out "Donna Lee" or "Peaches en Regalia" would be the perfect thing to do. :D

What makes something "jazz" isn't the song itself. It's the way the song is played. Heck, most of the jazz standards were originally just regular old Broadway show tunes that were jazzed-up. When Miles Davis plays a Cyndi Lauper song, or Coltrane plays something from "The Sound of Music", they make it jazz. But you can also play "Salt Peanuts" in a manner so square that it bears no relation to jazz.

JJ

Sorry to veer off topic here, but I feel compelled to say that the way Gillespie takes the bridge on Salt Peanuts is one of the most joyous moments in music, ever.

existence
11-18-2009, 09:21 AM
I'd love to hear (and see) these two standards played on ukulele:

Miles Davis' So What (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEC8nqT6Rrk)

and especially

John Coltrane's Giant Steps (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kotK9FNEYU)

:iwant:

Oh man, me too. Especially Giant Steps. That has to be the hardest progression to improv over.

martinukulele
11-18-2009, 06:24 PM
Here's a good online resource for song selection:

www.theguitarguy.com/home.htm

clayton56
11-19-2009, 12:00 AM
On A Clear Day (ever since I was blown away by a tenor sax man under the Chicago el tracks playing that tune, and for only $1)

Gaby
11-19-2009, 02:24 PM
Lyle Ritz is indeed an artist you should check out!

Mr. Sandman, Whispering and Sweet Georgia Brown generally work well. There's some Django Reinhardt uke tabs out there as well that you could sneak in.

brUKEman
11-19-2009, 03:00 PM
A good place to start would be to go to Dominator's site http://www.dominator.ukeland.com/index2.shtml
Check out his version of "Misty" or "One Note Samba".

You can also try "Girl from Ipanema" or "Take Five"

You can also take some of the old classics like "Makin Whoopie" or "Slowboat to China" and just put a Jazz twist on it.

Be sure to let us know what you picked and how you made out..

Bman

gotrice415510
11-19-2009, 03:10 PM
well show or not i think u shud do Blue Bossa and tab it so that i can learn it:D....i guess my other suggestions were kinda dumb though