How High the Moon Tutorial
In this lesson we’re going to create a solo piano arrangement of the jazz standard "How High The Moon", written by Morgan Lewis with lyrics by Nancy Hamilton.
The tune was first featured in the 1940 Broadway revue called Two For The Show and has been recorded numerous times since then. Good versions to check out are the early version of Benny Goodman and his Orchestra featuring vocalist Helen Forrest, Ella Fitzgerald’s version, as well as Erroll Garner and Oscar Peterson, just to name few.
Also worth checking out are different contrafacts over the song. For example, Charlie Parker’s Ornithology, Lennie Tristano’s Lennie-Bird and John Coltrane’s Satellite, where he reharmonises the song with the Coltrane Changes.
When learning a new song, I highly recommend to listen to as many vocal versions as you can find. It’s a nice way to sing and learn the melody, and also you will become familiar with the lyrics.