To learn to play jazz you need to know the songs, inside out, upside down and every which way ... !
Wonderful American Popular Songs from the first half of the twentieth century have become established as the indispensable framework for jazz. They have a structure and characteristics immediately identifiable as 'Our Kind Of Music', they all go 'the same old way'!
Have a look at the listings below and let me know which of these great songs you're interested in learning to play and we will e-mail the lead sheets to you ... hoping for swaps in return ...
Our collection of 'Dixieland Standards' in 'Band-in-a-Box' format which are part of the tradition of early jazz is here We've reached another milestone there are now over 4,500 songs!! ... but there are still many missing gems ... [and there are also a few you might not expect!]
Songs associated with some individual early jazz pioneers are here
NB 1 Our songs are all in 'Band-in-a-Box' format and have been collected as simple lead sheets giving the chord sequence and straight melody line aimed at teaching the basic structure, they are not musical 'arrangements'.
NB 2 This growing data base is incomplete and needs your contribution! Please help with swaps!
NB 3 The songs are not directly downloadable because we want to respect copyrights of the 'songsters' and we also want to encourage 'swaps'.
But all is not lost we will happily email a few songs you want to learn, send me a list ... here
The 'toon' challenge !
What are they playing ?
The song you are looking for is not listed?
We may be able to find it for you ... email me ... here
Simple lead sheets ... but with the application of a little magic, wizards like Alan Marchand can transform a simple 'Band-in-a-Box' lead sheet into a musical wow! ... have a listen to this arrangement of Maceo Pinkard's song livin high ...
visual and aural playback with scope for endless analysis and experimentation with tempos, keys, harmonies, solo lines
endless realistic musical styles generating backing tracks for practice and rehearsal
printable lead sheets with key, transposition and clef change options for all the band
thriving internet community with small files for easy communication
and much more to help with -
learning songs and learning instrument parts
song writing and transcriptions
discovering better chords, better harmonies, better melodies and improvised lines
audio recording track
dumping to midi sequencers or audio recording
enhancing live performance
jamming and fun !!
If you are not an enthusiastic owner of this unbelievable software then get it now from - here
Then try this !!
Get a bunch of 'Band-in-a-Box' songs which you think might be fun to play ... select the 'Juke Box' and a suitable Dixieland 'style' and go !! ... listen while you're washing and for any toon you like there will be an instantly available lead sheet to get you started ... !!
Many many books have been written about these songs and the song writers ... details of some of the best are here