Jazz, Pop, and Film Music Examples


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NOTE: Pieces marked NON-PD (Non-Public domain)  may not have a link
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'All the Things You Are' (1939) by Kern, Joseph (1885-1945) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) - NON-PD

“All the Things You Are” from the musical Very Warm for May (1939)

Topics: Circle of 5ths progression

Copyright: 1939, Universal – Polgram International Publishing. In: The Real Book, 6th ed. Milwaukee, WI: Hall Leonard, 2004. ISBN: 978-0634060380

 

Audio: YouTube, Performed by Ella Fitzgerald

 

 

'Almost Like Being in Love (1947) by Lerner, Alan Jay (1918-1986) and Frederick Lowe (1901-1986) - NON-PD

Written for the musical Brigadoon.

Topics: cto7, passing diminished seventh

Copyright: 1947, Lerner and Lowe.

 

Audio: Youtube, From the movie Brigadoon, performed by Gene Kelly

 

 

'Anything Goes' (1934) by Porter, Cole (1894-1961) - NON-PD

“Anything Goes” is the title song of  the musical Anything Goes (1934)

Topics: 32-bar song form

Copyright: 1934, Warner Bros, Inc.

 

Audio: YouTube, Performed by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

 

 

'Autumn Leaves' (1945) by Kosma, Joseph, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prevert - NON-PD

“Autumn Leaves” had original lyrics in French s by Jacques Prévert (“Les Feuilles mortes“), and English lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Topics: Circle of 5ths progression, guidetones, linear analysis

Copyright: 1947/1950, Morley Music Co. In: The Real Book, 6th ed. Milwaukee, WI: Hall Leonard, 2004. ISBN: 978-0634060380

 

Audio: YouTube, Performed by Nat King Cole

 

 

'Blue Rondo a la Turk' (1959) by Brubeck, Dave (1920-2012)- NON-PD

On album Time Out (1959).
Written in 9/8 time but written as 3 measures of  2+2+2+3 followed by one measure of 3+3+3.

Topics: 32-bar song form

Copyright: 1959, Dave Brubeck Music.

 

Audio: Youtube, Performed by Dave Brubeck Quartet.

 

 

'Blue Skies' by Berlin, Irving (1888-1989) - NON-PD

“Blue Skies” from Betsy (1926)

Topics: 32-bar song form

Copyright: 1927, Irving Berlin Inc.

 

Audio: Frank Sinatra, Blue SkiesBing Crosby and Danny Kaye, from White Christmas (1954)

 

 

'Charleston' (1923) by Mack, Cecil (1873-1944) and Johnson, James P (Jimmy) (1894-1955)

From the musical Runnin’ Wild

Topics: Fox trot, Aug 6, cto7, circle of 5ths progression – ragtime progression (I-III7-VI7-II7-V7-I)

Copyright: Public Domain; Mack, Cecil and Johnson, Jimmy, “Charleston” (1923). Vocal Popular Sheet Music Collection. Score 208. https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/mmb-vp/208

 

Audio: Original recording: 78rpm originally issued on Victor 19165 – Charleston-Medley (introducing “Open Your Heart”) (Cecil Mack-James P. Johnson) by Arthur Gibbs and His Gang, recorded in NYC October 10, 1923

 

'Cherokee (Indian Love Song)' (1938) by Noble, Ray1903-1978) - NON-PD

Cherokee is the first of five movements in Noble’s Indian Suite.

Ray Noble is a British jazz composer and band leader.

Topics: Aug V, Major-Minor movement of the same chord, sequence of ii-V-I progressions.

Copyright: 1938, The Peter Maurice Music Co, London England. Copyright renewed and assigned to Shapiro, Bernstein & co, NY

 

Audio: YouTube, from the Rick Colom Collection.

 

 

'Crazy' (1961) by Nelson, Willie (1956-) - NON-PD

Released as a single on Decca Records.

Topics: 32-bar song form

Copyright: 1961, D Records.

 

Audio: Made famous by Patsy Cline. Licensed to YouTube by UMG (on behalf of Geffen*); LatinAutor – UMPG, LatinAutorPerf, CMRRA, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA – UBEM, Sony Music Publishing, Abramus Digital, LatinAutor, AMRA BR, AMRA, MINT_BMG, SOLAR Music Rights Management, União Brasileira de Compositores, ARESA, LatinAutor – SonyATV, and 14 Music Rights Societies

 

'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)' (1944) by Wells, Robert (1922-1998) and Torme, Mel (1925-1999) - NON-PD

Topics: ii-V-I progressions, Tritone sub

Copyright: 1944 Mesquite Music Corp

 

Audio: YouTube, Performed by Nat King Cole

 

 

'Do You Want To Know A Secret?' (1963) by Lennon, John and McCartney, Paul/Beatles - NON-PD

On album Please Please Me

Topics: Neapolitan

Copyright: 1963, Northern Songs, MCA Music Limited, UK

 

Audio: YouTube: Remastered 2009

 

 

'Dolphin Dance' (1965) by Hancock, Herbie (1940-) - NON-PD

On the album Maiden Voyage.
Analysis of this piece by Joe Walker, 22 Dec 2010 (“From the Woodshed”) here.

Topics: Tritone sub, cto7

Copyright: Hancock Music, 1966. In: The Real Book, 6th ed. Milwaukee, WI: Hall Leonard, 2004. ISBN: 978-0634060380

 

Audio: YouTube: Blue Note Records as BLP 4195 and BST 84195

 

 

'Eleven Four' (1967) by Desmond, Paul (1924-1977) - NON-PD

Performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
In 11/4 time (3+3+3+2).

Topics: asymmetrical meters (11/4)

Copyright: 1967, Dave Brubeck Music

 

Audio: YouTube, Performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

 

 

'Fly Me To The Moon (1954)' by Howard, Bart (1915-2004) - NON-PD

Topics: Circle of 5ths progression

Copyright: 1954, Hampshire House Publishing Corp.

 

Audio: Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group (2008 remastered), sung by Frank Sinatra

 

 

'Giant Steps' by Coltrane, John (1926-1967) - NON-PD

“Giant Steps,” on Giant Steps album (1959)

Topics: Augmented triads, Coltrane changes

Copyright: 1959, Universal Music Production Group. In: The Real Book, 6th ed. Milwaukee, WI: Hall Leonard, 2004. ISBN: 978-0634060380

 

Audio: Giant Steps, Classics Album Collection

 

 

'The Girl from Ipanema' (1963) by Jobim, Antonnio Carlos (1927-1994), de Moraes, Venicius (1913-1980, Gimbel, Norman (1927-2018) - NON-PD

Topics: Tritone sub, Neapolitan

Copyright: 1963 Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, Brazil; renewd 1991 Songs of Universal Inc. and New Thunder Music Inc.

 

Audio: Youtube, performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim

 

 

'Gypsy Blues' by Blake, Eubie (1887-1983) and Sissle, Noble (1889-1975)

“Gypsy Blues” from Shuffle Along (1921)

Topics: Augmented 6 chords, Secondary Dominants (circle of fifths progression)

Sheet Music: Blake and Sissle-Gypsy Blues
Publisher: New York: M. Witmark & Sons, 1921. Plate 16420.
Copyright: Public Domain, Non-PD-Canada

Audio: YouTube

 

 

'Hey Jude' (1968) by Lennon, John (1940-1980) and McCartney, Paul (1942-) (The Beatles) - NON-PD

Released as a non-album single in 1968.

Topics: Secondary Dominants. Turnaround

Copyright: 1968 Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

 

Audio: YouTube, Performed by The Beatles. Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group; Remastered 2015

 

 

'Hound Dog' (1952) by Leiber, Jerry (1933-2011) and Mike Stoller (1933-) - NON-PD

“Hound Dog” is most known as a song by Elvis Presley, but this is not the audio version below

Topics: 12-bar Blues

Copyright: 1953, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

 

Audio: YouTube, Performed by Big Mama Thornton

 

 

'I Got Rhythm' by Gershwin, George (1989-1937) and Ira Gershwin (1989-1983) - NON-PD

“I Got Rhythm” from the musical “Crazy for you” (1930)

Topics: 32-bar song form, Rhythm Changes

Sheet Music: 1930, WB Music Corp.

 

Audio: Piano version – played by Gershwin; Performance from Musical “Crazy for You”

 

 

'I've Never Been in Love Before' (1950) by Loesser, Frank (1910-1969) - NON-PD

A duet from the musical Guys and Dolls (1950)

Topics: Mixture, Expanded ii-V-I progressions

Sheet Music: 1950, Frank Music Corp.

 

Audio: Youtube (from 1992 Revival of the musical); Licensed to YouTube by SME (on behalf of RCA Red Seal); LatinAutor, LatinAutorPerf, UMPI, UMPG Publishing, CMRRA, Sony Music Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing, AMRA, ASCAP, AMRA BR, and 5 Music Rights Societies

 

'Little Dancer' (1996) by Harrell, Tom (1946-) - NON-PD

“Little Dancer” on album Look to the Sky

Topics: Circle of 5ths progression, Tritone sub

Copyright: 1996, Tom Harrell

 

Audio: YouTube, l1996 SteepleChase Productions ApS

 

 

'Lucille' by Collins, Albert (1932-1993) and 'Little Richard' Penniman (1932-2020) - NON-PD

“Lucille”  (1957)

Topics: 12-bar blues

Copyright: 1957, Venice Music Inc.

 

Audio: “Lucille” from the album Directly from My Heart, sung by Little Richard

 

 

'My Funny Valentine' (1937) by Rodgers, Richard (1902-1979) and Hart, Lorenz (1895-1943) - NON-PD

From the musical Babes in Arms (1937)

Topics: Modulation between minor/rel major

Copyright: 1937, Williamson Music and the Estate of Lorenz Hart, USA. In: The Real Book, 6th ed. Milwaukee, WI: Hall Leonard, 2004. ISBN: 978-0634060380

 

Audio: YouTube, Performed by Ella Fitzgerald

 

 

'Night and Day' (1932) by Porter, Cole (1891-1964) - NON-PD

From The 1932 musical Gay Divorce.

Topics: 32-bar song form, Mixture, Aug 6, Descending bass line

Copyright:1932, Warner Bros, Inc.

 

Audio: YouTube: Performed by Ella Fitzgerald, From The Cole Porter Songbook; licensed to YouTube by PIAS, UMG, Naxos Digital Services US, Inc (on behalf of Diggers Factory); ASCAP, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA – UBEM, Warner Chappell, PEDL, LatinAutor – SonyATV, LatinAutorPerf, LatinAutor – Warner Chappell, and 8 Music Rights Societies

 

'A Night in Tunisia' (1944) by Gillespie, John 'Dizzy' (1917-1993) and Paparelli, Frank (1917-1973) - NON-PD

Topics: Tritone sub

Copyright: 1944, Universal Music Group. In: The Real Book, 6th ed. Milwaukee, WI: Hall Leonard, 2004. ISBN: 978-0634060380

 

Audio: YouTube: Dizzy Gillespie featuring Charlie Parker

 

 

'(There Is) No Greater Love' (1936) by Jones, Isham (1894-1936) and Symes, Marty (1904-1953) - NON-PD

Topics: Tritone sub

Copyright: 1936 World Music Inc, USA. In: The Real Book, 6th ed. Milwaukee, WI: Hall Leonard, 2004. ISBN: 978-0634060380

 

Audio: YouTube, Isham Jones and his Orchestra (1936)

 

 

'Over the Rainbow' by Arlen, Harold (1905-1986) - NON-PD

“Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz (1939 movie)

Topics: 32-bar song form

Copyright: 1938, Metro-Golwyn-Mayer Inc (MGM); 1939, EMI Feist Catalog, Inc.

Audio: Ella Fitzgerald, Over the Rainbow;  Judy Garland, Movie version

 

 

'Raiders March' (1981) by Williams, John (1932) - NON-PD

From the Paramount Motion picture Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Topics: Neapolitan

Sheet Music: Copyright: 1981 Bantha Music/Ensign Music Corporation/Famous Music Corporation USA

 

Audio: Youtube, Raider’s March, original version

 

 

'Self Portrait in Three Colors' (1957) by Mingus, Charles (1922-1979) - NON-PD

Topics: circle of 5ths progression, II-V-I progressions

Copyright: 1957, Jazz Workshop Inc.

 

Audio: Youtube, Performed by Charles Mingus (SME (on behalf of Legacy Recordings); UMPI, ARESA, LatinAutorPerf, Spirit Music Publishing, BMI – Broadcast Music Inc., Audiam (Publishing), Kobalt Music Publishing, and 9 Music Rights Societies)

 

'Smoke Gets in Your Eyes' (1933) Kern, Jerome (1885-1945) - NON-PD

“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” from the musical Roberta (1933)

Topics: 32-bar song form

Sheet Music: 1933, PolyGram International Publishing Inc.

 

Audio: Performance by The Platters

 

 

'Some Day My Prince Will Come' (1937) by Churchill, Frank (1901-1942) and Morey, Larry (1905-1971)- NON-PD

From the Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

Topics: (descending) passing diminished 7th chord, secondary dominants (deceptive resolution)

Sheet Music: 1937 Bourne Co, New York, NY

 

Audio: Youtube, From the movie: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937); By: Walt Disney Pictures; Sung by: Adriana Caselotti

 

 

'Someone to Watch Over Me' (1926) by Gershwin, George (1989-1937) and Ira Gershwin (1989-1983) - NON-PD

“Someone to Watch Over Me” from the musical Oh, Kay! (1926)

Topics: 32-bar song form

Sheet Music: 1926, WB Music Corp.

 

Audio: Performance by Ella Fitzgerald

 

 

'Take 5' (1959) by Desmond, Paul (1924-1977) - NON-PD

Recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet for the album Time Out (Columbia Records, 1959).
Song inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996.

Topics: asymmetrical meters (5/4), Ternary form

Copyright: 1960, Desmond Music Company.  In: The Real Book, 6th ed. Milwaukee, WI: Hall Leonard, 2004. ISBN: 978-0634060380

 

Audio: Provided to YouTube by Columbia/Legacy, from album Take Five · The Dave Brubeck Quartet

 

 

'Take the A Train' (1939) by Strayhorn, Billy (1915-1967) - NON-PD

Signature song of the Duke Ellington Orchestra

Topics: II7, passing diminished 7th

Sheet Music: 1941, Music Sales Corp (ASCAP) and Tempo Music inc. In: The Real Book, 6th ed. Milwaukee, WI: Hall Leonard, 2004. ISBN: 978-0634060380

 

Audio: Youtube, Performed by Dike Ellington Orchestra

 

 

'Tell Me A Bedtime Story' (1969) by Hancock, Herbie (1940-) - NON-PD

From the album “Fat Albert”

Topics: Jazz, octatonic, ternary form, pentatonic, third relationships

Sheet Music: 1969, Herbie Hancock. In: The Real Book, 6th ed. Milwaukee, WI: Hall Leonard, 2004. ISBN: 978-0634060380

 

Audio: Youtube, WMG (on behalf of Warner Jazz); AMRA BR, LatinAutor, BMI – Broadcast Music Inc., AMRA, Audiam (Publishing), LatinAutorPerf, and 5 Music Rights Societies

 

'Tenderly' (1946) by Gross, Walter (1909-1967) and Lawrence, Jack (1912-2009) - NON-PD

Topics: Backdoor progression, passing diminished 7th

Sheet Music: 1987 Edwin Morris & Co.

 

Audio: YouTube, Performed by Rosemary Clooney

 

 

'The Thrill is Gone' (1951) by Hawkins, Roy (1903-1974) and Rick Darnell (1929-2008) - NON-PD

On the album: Completely Well ( 1969 ) BluesWay Records / ABC Records

Topics: Jazz, 12-bar blues (minor)

Sheet Music: 1951, Universal Music

 

Audio: Youtube, Performed by B.B. King

 

 

'Tutti Frutti (1955) by Penniman, Richard 'Little Richard' (1932-2020) and Dorothy La Bostrie (1928-2007) - NON-PD

Little Richard’s first big song.

Topics: 12-bar blues

Sheet Music: 1955, 1956, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

 

Audio: YouTube – Performed by Little Richard

 

 

'Unsquare Dance' (1961) by Brubeck, Dave (1920-2012) - NON-PD

Released as a single in 1961. Included on the album Tim Further Out (1961)
Information on this song on Dave Brubeck’s website: https://www.davebrubeck.com/unsquare-dance

Topics: asymmetrical meters (7/4), blues structure, use of 10ths

Copyright: 1961 Brubeck Music.

 

Audio: Provided to YouTube by Columbia/Legacy

 

 

'What's New?' (1939) by Haggart, Bob (1914-1998) and Burke, Johnny (1908-1964) - NON-PD

Topics: 32-bar song form, third relationships, turnaround

Sheet Music: 1939, Warner Brothers.

 

Audio: YouTube, sung by Billie Holiday

 

 

'When You Wish Upon a Star' (1939) by Harline, Leigh (1907-1969) and Washington, Ned (1901-1976) - NON-PD

Written for the Walt Disney movie Pinocchio (released 1939)

Topics: 32-bar song form

Sheet Music: 1939, Bourne Co. Music Publishers

 

Audio: YouTube, Sung by Cliff Edwards, from the movie; released by Victor Records as catalogue number 261546 and 26477A (in the US) and by EMI on the His Master’s Voice Label as catalogue number BD 821.

 

'Wipeout' (1963) by Berryhill, Bob (1947-); Connolly, Pat; Fuller, Jim (1947-2017) and Wilson, Ron (1944-1989)- NON-PD

An surf rock  instrumental  performed/recorded by the Surfaris.
A wipeout is a fall from a surfboard.

Topics: 12-bar blues

Copyright: Dot as 45-16479 in April 1963. Dot reissued the single in April 1965 as 45-144. 

 

Audio: YouTube, performed by the Surfaris.

 

'Yesterday' (1965) by Lennon, John (1940-1980) and Paul McCartney (1942-) - NON-PD

On the album Help! (1968), but in the Unites States first released as a single

Topics: 32-bar song form

Sheet Music: 1965, Northern Songs Limited, Blackwood Music Inc. In: The Real Book, 6th ed. Milwaukee, WI: Hall Leonard, 2004. ISBN: 978-0634060380

 

Audio: Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group, performed by The Beatles