Jazz Standards - Vote Now!

(Hayden Hill) #105

Awesome thanks for these suggestions Lisa.

I made a jazzy happy birthday tutorial for one of our German students a couple of years ago. He wanted to play it to his wife for her birthday :grinning:

I never added it to the PianoGroove library, I just sent him a private link on YouTube, but here is the short arrangement - I also added “Happy Birthday” in German for him :grin:

It was a quick arrangement I put together, and I can certainly make something more in depth with notation and add it to the PianoGroove website for all to enjoy. Cheers!

(Agnes Lau) #106

Hello all!

First post here, hope it’s the right place but I would love to have a tutorial on this song:

Aguas de Março (Regina, Jobim)

Loads of happy and playful vibes into that one :slight_smile:


(Hayden Hill) #107

Welcome to our community Agnes :wave:

Yes we can most certainly cover this song.

I have one more request to edit and upload from the table at the top of this thread: “You Must Believe In Spring” by Michel Legrand, and then I will compile all of the song requests that have been posted.

I will do it by genre and/or style, and then work out which of our teaching team is best to cover the song requests.

Our Brazilian maestro @jovino is best suited to cover any tunes of Brazilian origin - particularly Jobim’s work where Jovino has such deep insight into Jobim’s music.

(Hayden Hill) #108

Here’s the last tune request from the original voting table above - Michel Legrand’s beautifully haunting ballad “You Must Believe In Spring” taught by Tuomo.

It’s a tricky tune to play… so be warned!

I’ll now consolidate all requests for us to cover over 2019 and allocate them to our teaching team. I can’t wait to pick the ones I do :grinning:

I think the fairest way is voting tables, so that the most in demand tunes are delivered first.

I haven’t counted the exact number of requests here, but I imagine we will need 2 or 3 voting tables from skimming up the thread. The voting tables can only accommodate a maximum of 20 options.

I’ll figure out the best way to structure it shortly.

(Agnes Lau) #109

Thanks Hayden for your reply, looking forward it! :slight_smile:

(Manuel Albaladejo) #110

Hi there, I was wondering if Blue Bossa will be included in the jazz standards resource section. Many thanks

(Hayden Hill) #111

Hey Manuel,

Yes we can do this.

I will have to study the arrangement again as I created that tutorial a while ago.

Leave it with me and I will create something for you :+1:

(Ariel Jupiter) #112

Hi @Hayden,

I was wondering if there are any plans for making an arrangement lesson for Stars Fell on Alabama :star_struck::star::star:


(Lonnie Moseley) #113

Agnes, Thanks for linking this video on Jobim singing the Waters of March. I have now played it 7 times and can’t stop! ha ha ha… Can’t wait until Hayden adds it. Thanks for requesting. – Lonnie

(Agnes Lau) #114

My pleasure Lonnie, I really love the playfulness of that happy song :slight_smile:
Thank you for adding your vote for that tune request :wink:

(Lisa Cogan) #115

Great song Ariel! Here is Daniela Andrade and Hanbyul Kang performing an incredibly romantic version of Stars Fell on Alabama.

(Hayden Hill) #116

Yes we can certainly cover the “Stars Fell On Alabama” Ariel.


(Hayden Hill) #117

Okay I’ve compiled every request in this thread, we have 52 tune requests to complete in 2019.

I’d say I’m familiar with around 1/2 of them so I have some listening to do myself!

As previously mentioned, the voting tables are limited to 20 options maximum, and so we need multiple voting tables. I’ll categorise and publish them shortly.

The tutorials will be created starting with the highest voted. I think that’s the fairest way. Each of us will be able to place multiple votes (maybe 5 votes each per table), and we also change our vote once the tune has been covered which makes it a dynamic voting system :grinning:

Here’s the tune list we’re working with:

  • Don’t let me be lonely tonight
  • Unforgettable
  • What A Difference A Day Makes
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  • A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
  • Sweet Lorraine
  • Smile - Charlie Chaplin
  • The Peacocks
  • Elsa
  • April In Paris
  • Solitude
  • Love Is Here To Stay
  • The Look Of Love
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  • Walk On By
  • You Are There
  • Hearts Desire
  • In The We Small Hours Of The Morning
  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  • I Loves You Porgy
  • Whispering
  • September In The Rain
  • Dolphin Dance
  • Someone To Watch Over Me
  • But Beautiful
  • Yesterdays
  • Lets Face The Music & Dance
  • She - Elvis Costello
  • You Are So Beautiful
  • Lover Man
  • What Is This Thing Called Love
  • Four
  • How High The Moon
  • Tenor Madness
  • Angel Eyes
  • Moonriver
  • A Child Is Born
  • Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
  • Road Song
  • The Stars Fell On Alabama
  • Spain
  • Looking Up
  • Spartacus Love Theme
  • Nardis
  • Invitation
  • Ruby My Dear
  • Wish Upon A Star
  • You’ve Got A Friend In Me
  • Aguas de Março
  • Song For My Father
  • Manha de Carnaval
  • Besame Mucho

(Hayden Hill) #118

Okay a few hours of listening and researching and I we have the following lists.


  1. Don’t let me be lonely tonight
  2. Unforgettable
  3. When Sunny Gets Blue
  4. What A Difference A Day Makes
  5. A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
  6. The Peacocks
  7. Solitude
  8. In The We Small Hours Of The Morning
  9. September In The Rain
  10. Someone To Watch Over Me
  11. But Beautiful
  12. She - Elvis Costello
  13. Lover Man
  14. Angel Eyes
  15. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
  16. Stars Fell On Alabama
  17. Wish Upon A Star
  18. Ruby My Dear

Medium Swing / Up Tempo

  1. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  2. Sweet Lorraine
  3. Smile - Charlie Chaplin
  4. April In Paris
  5. Love Is Here To Stay
  6. Whispering
  7. Dolphin Dance
  8. Yesterdays
  9. Lets Face The Music & Dance
  10. Four
  11. How High The Moon
  12. Tenor Madness
  13. Nardis

Bossa / Samba / Brazilian / Latin

  1. Aguas de Março
  2. Song For My Father
  3. Besame Mucho
  4. The Look Of Love
  5. Road Song
  6. Spain
  7. Looking Up
  8. Aquarela de Brazil
  9. Manha de Carnaval aka Black Orpheus
  10. Bola Sete
  11. Tranquility

I have also combined the remaining requests from this thread on our Brazilian/Latin content.

The following tunes have already been recorded by Jovino and are waiting to be edited:

  • Sambolero
  • Aqua de Beber

Waltz / Jazz Waltz

  1. Elsa
  2. Moonriver
  3. A Child Is Born
  4. Spartacus Love Theme

Unsure how to classify

  1. You’ve Got A Friend In Me
  2. Walk On By
  3. You Are There
  4. Hearts Desire
  5. Invitation

Tuomo has already created lessons on the following standards. These tunes are in the editing/publishing stages:

  • I Loves You Porgy
  • All Of Me
  • How High The Moon
  • What Is This Thing Called Love
  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

(James Paterson) #119

“Someday my prince will come”

would be a nice to look at it, it’s an interesting set of chord choices, and i’m having some trouble improvising the harmony on that one.

Also another great one would be “little B’s Poem” by bobby hutcherson, just a beautiful tune.

(Cecilia Hogarth) #120

How about ‘When Sunny Gets Blue’?

(Hayden Hill) #121

Hey James,

I covered that tune, here’s the link:

Hope you enjoy!

(Hayden Hill) #122

Yes that tune has been included in our latest voting ballad table, I shared some of my favourite recordings of that tune directly the thread:

Take a listen to the recordings and I am working on an arrangement.


ps. also make sure to cast your votes in the new table!

(Niall) #123

Just joined website! Hi to all :slight_smile:
’THAT’S LIFE’ (Sinatra) different approaches
’DON’T EXPLAIN’ (Dexter Gordon/Chet Baker/G. Shearing/ Kenny Baron)
’MINOR SWING’ (Django on piano…?)
’EXODUS’ (Is that in the ‘standards’ songbook? if not, any similar ‘minor’ tune that swing’s with bassline) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVBB6VKQuxg

I couldn’t pick one ,but happy if any one tune is picked from the list. Thanks Hayden.

(Hayden Hill) #124

Welcome to the PianoGroove community Niall! :tada:

and thanks for all of these brilliant suggestions.

We have just created tables on previously requested lessons. Click the links below to vote on your favourites:

We will be covering the tunes that are most in-demand from our students so cast your votes!