You will use your knowledge of jazz methods and values to compare and contrast two performances of a jazz tune.


You will use your knowledge of jazz methods and values to compare and contrast two performances of a jazz tune.
You will demonstrate your ability to write a clear, knowledgeable, opinion on these performances.
Your job, in this assignment, is to find at least two versions of the same tune and compare and contrast the performances. I want copies of the music you listened to. They can be Youtube links, MP3 files. I just want to be able to listen to what you listened to. You can list the youtube links or attach your MP3 files at the end of the paper.

The process will be relatively simple. Find a JAZZ tune that you enjoy (maybe one from class, or that you’ve heard and liked before, or simply poking around on the web.) Then see if you can find other versions of the same tune. If you can’t readily find a second version of the tune, you probably want to just pick another one. If you are totally at a loss as to where to start, there is a list given at the end of these instructions of a whole bunch of jazz standards that have been recorded over and over.

Here’s the basic idea:

Give the name of the tune and its composer.
Give any history you might have found (Who made it famous? When was it written? Etc.)
Describe the two bands. (What instruments? Who is playing them?)
Describe each performance. (What style? How was the form put together?)
Point out the differences in the performances.
Give your opinion on each performance. (Did you like one more? Why? )
Use proper, university level writing skills (capitalizations, paragraphs, spelling, spacing etc.)
This is just a basic list to get you going. A good paper flows and is conversational. Don’t just run down the list answering the questions. Make it more reader friendly by just being yourself and talking about the tunes and your experience listening to them.

· 500 word minimum.

· Tunes must be attached or turned in with the paper.

· Use proper university level writing techniques

Here is a list of a bunch of tunes to check out if need some inspiration. YouTube any of these and you will probably get a bunch of versions. Try to select “name” artists or, at least, quality performances.

Some Common Jazz “Standards”

  1. Airegin
  2. All Blues
  3. All of Me
  4. All the Things You Are
  5. Autumn Leaves
  6. Beautiful Love
  7. Blue Bossa
  8. Blue Monk
  9. Cherokee
  10. Come Sunday
  11. Confirmation
  12. Cotton Tail
  13. Daahoud
  14. Darn that Dream
  15. Desafinado
  16. Dolphin Dance
  17. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  18. Donna Lee
  19. Easy Living
  20. Epistrophy
  21. Equinox
  22. A Fine Romance
  23. Footprints
  24. Four
  25. Four on Six
  26. Freddie Freeloader
  27. Giant Steps
  28. The Girl From Ipanema
  29. God Bless’ the Child
  30. Groovin’ High
  31. Have You Met Miss Jones?
  32. Here’s that Rainy Day
  33. How High the Moon
  34. I Mean You
  35. I Remember Clifford
  36. Impressions
  37. In a Mellow Tone
  38. In a Sentimental Mood
  39. It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing
  40. Jordu
  41. Like Someone in Love
  42. Lullaby of Birdland
  43. Lush Life
  44. Maiden Voyage
  45. Meditation
  46. Moment’s Notice
  47. My Foolish Heart
  48. My Romance
  49. Naima
  50. A Night in Tunisia
  51. Nuages
  52. Oleo
  53. One Note Samba
  54. Ornithology
  55. Out of Nowhere
  56. Corcovado
  57. ‘Round Midnight
  58. Satin Doll
  59. So What
  60. Song for My Father
  61. Cantaloupe Island
  62. Sophisticated Lady
  63. Stella By Starlight
  64. Stolen Moments
  65. Straight No Chaser
  66. Take Five
  67. There is No Greater Love
  68. Waltz for Debby
  69. Well You Needn’t
  70. West Coast Blues
  71. When I Fall In Love
  72. When Sunny Gets Blue
  73. You Don’t Know What Love Is
  74. Road Song
  75. Prelude to a Kiss

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