Ten songs of the year

THE TEN SONGS FOR 2014-15

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, we utilized the website "JazzStandards.com" to choose some of the most often-recorded songs in the history of jazz (that also had not been selected in previous years).

For the 2014-15 school year, the ten songs are:

  • Ain't Misbehavin' by Fats Waller.
  • Autumn in New York by Vernon Duke
  • Caravan by Duke Ellington
  • On Green Dolphin Street by Bronislau Kaper
  • Oh, Lady Be Good by George and Ira Gershwin
  • Laura by David Raksin
  • There Is No Greater Love by Isham Jones and Marty Symes
  • Someday My Prince Will Come by Frank E. Churchill
  • St. Louis Blues by W.C. Handy
  • Yesterdays by Jerome Kern

THE 2014-15 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!

This playlist is available as a Spotify playlist.  Contact Mike Titlebaum for the link.

Ain’t Misbehavin’
Louis Armstrong – Ain't Misbehavin' - Edited Alternate Version
Louis Armstrong – Ain't Misbehavin'
Louis Armstrong – Ain't Misbehavin'
Don Byas – Ain´t Misbehavin´
Fats Waller – Ain't Misbehavin
Fats Waller – Ain’t Misbehavin’
Sarah Vaughan – Ain't Misbehavin'
Nat King Cole – Ain't Misbehavin'
Django Reinhardt – Ain't Misbehavin - .
Billie Holiday – Ain't Misbehavin'
Sidney Bechet and his New Orleans Feetwarmers – Ain't Misbehavin'
Don Byas – Ain´t Misbehavin´
George Eps – Ain't Misbehavin'
Art Tatum – Ain't Misbehavin'
Jack Teagarden / Frankie Trumbauer And His Orchestra – Ain't Misbehavin'

Laura
David Raksin – Laura (From "Laura")
Frank Sinatra – Laura
Les Brown Band of Renown – Laura
Frank Sinatra – Laura - 1999 Digital Remaster
Charlie Parker – Laura
Charlie Parker – Laura
Nat King Cole – Laura - 1993 Digital Remaster
Woody Herman – Laura
J.J. Johnson Quintet – Laura
Harry Allen – Laura
Clifford Brown – Laura
Renato Sellani – Laura

Lady Be Good
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra – Oh! Lady Be Good (From "Lady Be Good") - 1924 - Remastered 1998
Buck & Bubbles – Oh Lady, Be Good
Artie Shaw – Lady Be Good
Ella Fitzgerald – Oh Lady Be Good
Lester Young – Lady Be Good
Django Reinhardt – Fascinating Rhythm: Lady, be Good!: Oh, lady, be good!
Charlie Parker – Oh, Lady, Be Good! - Live (1946/Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles)
Warne Marsh – Lady Be Good
Fats Navarro – Lady Be Good
Gerry Mulligan – Lady Be Good - 1987 Digital Remaster
Bucky Pizzarelli – Oh, Lady Be Good!

St. Louis Blues
W.C. Handy – St. Louis Blues
Bessie Smith – St. Louis Blues
Louis Armstrong – St Louis Blues
Sidney Bechet's Blue Note Jazzmen – St. Louis Blues
Sidney Bechet – St. Louis Blues - Remastered
Herbie Hancock – St. Louis Blues
Art Tatum – St. Louis Blues
Billie Holiday – St. Louis Blues
Dizzy Gillespie – St. Louis Blues
David Sanborn – St. Louis Blues
Duke Ellington – St. Louis Blues
Gil Evans – St. Louis Blues - 2006 - Remaster
Don Byron – St. Louis Blues
Wycliffe Gordon – St. Louis Blues (WG arr.)
Peggy Lee – St. Louis Blues - 1999 – Remaster

Caravan
Duke Ellington – Caravan
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Caravan
Duke Ellington – Caravan
Dizzy Gillespie – Caravan
Art Blakey – Caravan
Thelonious Monk – Caravan
Quincy Jones – Caravan
Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Caravan
Wes Montgomery – Caravan
Wynton Marsalis – Caravan
Ella Fitzgerald – Caravan

Yesterdays
Billie Holiday – Yesterdays
Ella Fitzgerald – Yesterdays
Coleman Hawkins – Yesterdays
Bill Evans – Yesterdays
Miles Davis – Yesterdays - Remastered
Stan Getz Quartet – Yesterdays
Clifford Brown – Yesterdays
Miles Davis – Yesterdays
Art Tatum – Yesterdays
MJQ – Yesterdays
Chet Baker – Yesterdays - Live
Clare Fischer – Yesterdays
Nat Adderley – Yesterdays
Sal Salvador – Yesterdays
Benny Golson – Yesterdays
Wynton Marsalis – Yesterdays
Joshua Redman – Yesterdays

There Is No Greater Love
Billie Holiday – There Is No Greater Love - Single Version
Chet Baker – There Is No Greater Love
Miles Davis Quintet – There Is No Greater Love
Ahmad Jamal – There Is No Greater Love
Sonny Rollins – There Is No Greater Love
Dizzy Gillespie – There Is No Greater Love
Miles Davis – There Is No Greater Love - Live
Paul Chambers – There Is No Greater Love
Gene Ammons – There Is No Greater Love
Cedar Walton Trio – There Is No Greater Love
Coleman Hawkins – There Is No Greater Love
Frank Rosolino – There Is No Greater Love
Frank Rosolino – There Is No Greater Love

Autumn In New York
Sarah Vaughan – Autumn In New York
Frank Sinatra – Autumn In New York - 78 rpm Version
Chet Baker – Autumn In New York
Ella Fitzgerald – Autumn In New York
Billie Holiday – Autumn In New York
Jo Stafford – Autumn In New York
Clifford Brown – Autumn In New York
Bud Powell – Autumn In New York - 1998 Digital Remaster
Charlie Parker – Autumn In New York
Ahmad Jamal – Autumn in New York
Kenny Dorham – Autumn In New York - Rudy Van Gelder 24-Bit Mastering;2001 Digital Remaster
Johnny Hodges – Autumn In New York
Joe Lovano – Autumn in New York
Bill Charlap Trio – Autumn In New York

On Green Dolphin Street
Nancy Wilson – On Green Dolphin Street
Miles Davis – On Green Dolphin Street
Miles Davis – On Green Dolphin Street - Live October 28, 1967 Konigin Elizabethzaal, Antwerp, Belgium
Miles Davis – On Green Dolphin Street - Live Album Version
John Coltrane – On Green Dolphin Street
Stan Getz – On Green Dolphin Street
Bill Evans Trio – On Green Dolphin Street
Bill Evans – On Green Dolphin Street
Ahmad Jamal Trio – On Green Dolphin Street - Live at the Blackhawk
Joe Henderson – On Green Dolphin Street
Eric Dolphy Quintet – On Green Dolphin Street
Sonny Rollins – On Green Dolphin Street
Urbie Green – On Green Dolphin Street

Someday My Prince Will Come 
The Seven Dwarfs – Someday My Prince Will Come
Lena Horne – Someday My Prince Will Come
Miles Davis – Someday My Prince Will Come
Bill Evans – Someday My Prince Will Come
Herbie Hancock – Someday My Prince Will Come
Bill Frisell and Ferd Hersch – Someday My Prince Will Come
Sonny Stitt – Someday My Prince Will Come
Michael Morre – Someday My Prince Will Come
Lee Konitz – Someday My Prince Will Come
Bob Brookmeyer – Someday My Prince Will Come
Grant Green – Someday My Prince Will Come

Questions about the jazz program at Ithaca College?  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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