Ten songs of the year

THE TEN SONGS FOR 2013-14

Every year the jazz department creates a list of ten standards which all jazz students at Ithaca College must thoroughly memorize (the melody, chords, and often with the lyrics and all 12 keys). These songs are subsequently used as study material for jazz repertoire and jazz arranging classes, and are played in private jazz lessons, combos, ensembles and jam sessions. 

This year, the chosen songs are closely associated with jazz pianist/composer Thelonious Monk; five are songs that Monk wrote, and the other 5 are songs that he played in interesting or original ways.

For the 2013-14 school year, the ten songs are:

  • Don't Blame Me by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
  • I Mean You by Thelonious Monk
  • I Should Care by Sammy Cahn, Alex Stordahl and Paul Weston
  • In Walked Bud by Thelonious Monk
  • Let's Cool One by Thelonious Monk
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It by George and Ira Gershwin
  • Rhythm-a-ning by Thelonious Monk
  • Sweet and Lovely by Gus Arnheim, Charles N. Daniels and Harry Tobias
  • Tea For Two by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
  • Ugly Beauty by Thelonious Monk

THE 2013-14 LISTENING LIST

This is the list of required listening, but it is, of course, not a complete list of all recommended recordings.  There are many more; seek them out!

Don't Blame Me - Art Tatum
Don't Blame Me - Ben Webster
Don't Blame Me - Charlie Parker at Storyville
Don't Blame Me - Charlie Parker on Dial
Don't Blame Me - Ethel Waters
Don't Blame Me - Frank Sinatra
Don't Blame Me - John Coltrane Jazz Be Bop 1954-57
Don't Blame Me - Nat King Cole instrumental
Don't Blame Me - Nat King Cole vocal 1947
Don't Blame Me - Nat King Cole vocal 1958
Don't Blame Me - Sarah Vaughan
Don't Blame Me - Thelonious Monk 1970 Bootleg series from Japan
Don't Blame Me - Thelonious Monk details unknown
Don't Blame Me - Thelonious Monk from film Straight, No Chaser
Don't Blame Me - Thelonious Monk live in Denmark

I Mean You - Art Blakey with Thelonious Monk
I Mean You - Fred Hersch
I Mean You - Giants of Jazz Dizzy, Kai, Sonny Stitt, Monk, Al McKibbon, Art Blakey
I Mean You - Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane from Discovery Live at the Five Spot
I Mean You - Thelonious Monk from 5 by Monk by 5
I Mean You - Thelonious Monk from Blue Note
I Mean You - Thelonious Monk live in 1969
You Know Who - Carmen McRae

I Should Care - Bill Evans live at Town Hall
I Should Care - Bill Evans
I Should Care - Dexter Gordon
I Should Care - Ernie Henry Quintet with Kenny Dorham 1956
I Should Care - Frank Sinatra
I Should Care - Hank Mobley
I Should Care - Julie London
I Should Care - Thelonious Monk from Solo Monk
I Should Care - Thelonious Monk from Thelonious Himself

In Walked Bud - Fred Hersch
In Walked Bud - Peter Bernstein
In Walked Bud - Thelonious Monk Blue Note
In Walked Bud - Thelonious Monk Johnny Griffin from Misterioso
In Walked Bud - Thelonious Monk Johnny Griffin from Thelonious in Action
In Walked Bud - Thelonious Monk San Francisco Holiday
In Walked Bud - Thelonious Monk with Coltrane Discovery Live at the Five Spot
In Walked Bud - Thelonious Monk with Jon Hendricks from Underground
Suddenly - Carmen McRae Live
Suddenly - Carmen McRae

Let's Cool One - Fred Hersch
Let's Cool One - Peter Bernstein trio
Let's Cool One - Thelonious Monk and Johnny Griffin from Misterioso
Let's Cool One - Thelonious Monk Blue Note
Let's Cool One - Thelonious Monk from Monk's Blues

Nice Work If You Can Get It - Billie Holiday
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Ella Fitzgerald
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Fred Astaire
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Maxine Sullivan
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Stan Getz
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Thelonious Monk alt. take
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Thelonious Monk solo piano from Jazz Portrait
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Thelonious Monk

Listen To Monk - Carmen McRae
Rhythm-a-Ning - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers w Thelonious Monk Johnny Griffin Bill Hardman Spanky Debrest
Rhythm-a-Ning - Mike Titlebaum Cory Combs John Hollenbeck trio
Rhythm-a-Ning - Thelonious In Action with Johnny Griffin
Rhythm-a-Ning - Thelonious Monk live video with Charlie Rouse

Sweet and Lovely - Bill Evans Trio
Sweet and Lovely - Bing Crosby
Sweet and Lovely - Bob Brookmeyer
Sweet and Lovely - Ella Fitzgerald
Sweet and Lovely - Gerry Mulligan Sextet
Sweet and Lovely - Lee Konitz and Gary Versace duo
Sweet and Lovely - Lee Konitz and Lennie Tristano 1
Sweet and Lovely - Lee Konitz and Lennie Tristano 2
Sweet and Lovely - Lee Konitz and Lennie Tristano 3
Sweet and Lovely - Thelonious Monk from Monks Dream
Sweet and Lovely - Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane
Sweet and Lovely - Thelonious Monk trio from Reflections

Tea For Two - Anita O'Day in 1945
Tea For Two - Anita O'Day Live at Mister Kelly's 1958
Tea for Two - Anita O'Day Live at Newport 1958
Tea For Two - Art Tatum
Tea For Two - Bud Powell
Tea For Two - Dimitri Shostakovich orchestration
Tea For Two - Django Reinhardt
Tea For Two - Duke Ellington at Newport
Tea For Two - Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
Tea For Two - Fats Waller piano solo
Tea For Two - Gerry Mulligan with Chet Baker
Tea For Two - Gerry Mulligan with Paul Desmond
Tea For Two - Johnny Hodges live at Buckminster Square
Tea For Two - Lennie Tristano and John LaPorta
Tea For Two - Lester Young from I Never Knew
Tea For Two - Lester Young from Lester Swings
Tea For Two - Lester Young from Movin' With Lester
Tea For Two - Marion Harris in 1925
Tea For Two - Rebecca Luker and George Dvorsky
Tea For Two - The Benson Orchestra of Chicago in 1924
Tea For Two - Thelonious Monk from Criss Cross take 9
Tea For Two - Thelonious Monk trio Oscar Pettiford Art Blakey
Tea For Two - Tommy Dorsey Cha Cha version

Still We Dream - Carmen McRae
Ugly Beauty - Carmen McRae live in 1990
Ugly Beauty - John Marshall Grant Stewart Quintet
Ugly Beauty - John Stetch
Ugly Beauty - Ron Miles
Ugly Beauty - Thelonious Monk Underground
 

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