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Jazz Standard

Jazz standard refers to a tune that is widely known among jazz musicians. This would include songs such as:

  • All of Me
  • My Favourite Things
  • Satin Doll
  • Summertime

There is no definitive list of standards. Many 'standards', such as those above, were originally written in the 1930s and 1940s, often for musicals and similar productions. However, jazz musicians might also include a wide range of more recent tunes in their concept of 'standards'.

If invited to take part in a 'standards gig', the best thing to do is ask the person who's booking the gig or the other musicians involved for particular tunes they have in mind! However, time spent working through a respectable 'fake book', such as The New Real Book, will help in such situations.

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An example list of Jazz Standards (http://amadeus.siba.fi/~eonttone/standard)

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