Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 21:54:55 -0500 (EST)
From: Kimberly Stephans <>
Subject: Re: Rhythm Changes


Well, you asked for it, here it is: a Very Incomplete Yet Still Very Long List of Tunes Based on Rhythm Changes.


Allen's Alley (AKA Wee)                         Denzil Best
Almost                                          David Baker
Anthropology (AKA Thrivin' From a Riff)         Parker/Gillespie
Apple Honey                                     Woody Herman
Bop Kick                                        Nat Cole
Boppin' a Riff                                  Sonny Stitt
Brown Gold                                      Art Pepper
Bud's Bubble                                    Bud Powell
Call the Police                                 Nat Cole (?)
Calling Dr. Jazz                                Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Celerity                                        Charlie Parker
Chant of the Groove                             Coleman Hawkins (?)
Chasin' the Bird                                Charlie Parker
Cheers                                          ""      ""
Constellation                                   ""      ""
Coolie Rini                                     Howard McGhee
Coppin' the Bop                                 J.J. Johnson
Cottontail                                      Duke Ellington
Delerium                                        Tadd Dameron
Dexter's Deck                                   Dexter Gordon
Dexterity                                       Charlie Parker
Don't Be That Way                               Edgar Sampson
Dorothy                                         Howard McGhee
The Duel                                        Dexter Gordon
Eb Pob                                          Fats Navarro/Leo Parker
Fat Girl                                        Fats Navarro
Father Steps In                                 Dixon/Randall/Hines/Fox
Fifty Second Street Theme                       Thelonius Monk
The Flintstones                                 Hoyt Curtain
Fox Hunt                                        J.J. Johnson
Goin' To Minton's                               Fats Navarro
Good Queen Bess                                 Duke Ellington
The Goof and I                                  Al Cohn
Hamp's Paws                                     Hampton Hawes
Harlem Swing                                    Nat Cole (?)
Hollerin' and Screamin'                         Eddie Davis
I'm an Errand Boy for Rhythm                    Nat Cole (?)
In Walked Horace                                J.J. Johnson
Jay Jay                                         ""      ""
Jaybird                                         ""      ""
The Jeep is Jumpin'                             Duke Ellington
Jug Handle                                      Gene Ammons
Juggernaut                                      ""      ""
Juggin' Around                                  Frank Foster
Jumpin' at the Woodside                         Count Basie
Lemon Drop                                      George Wallington
Lester Leaps In                                 Lester Young
Lila Mae                                        Nat Cole (?)
The Little Man on the White Keys                "       "
Miss Thing                                      Count Basie
Moody Speaks (original version)                 James Moody/Dave Burns
Moody's Got Rhythm                              James Moody
Moose the Mooche                                Charlie Parker
Mop, Mop                                        Gaillard/Stewert/Tatum
Newk's Fadeway                                  Sonny Rollins
No Moe                                          "       "
Northwest Passage                               Herman/Jackson/Burns
O Go Mo                                         Sonny Rollins
Oleo                                            "       "
On the Scene                                    Gillespie/Fuller/Roberts
One Bass Hit                                    Dizzy Gillespie
Opp-Bop-Sha-Bam                                 "       "
An Oscar for Treadwell                          "       "
Ow                                              Charlie Greenlea
Passport                                        Charlie Parker
Pogo Stick Bounce                               Eden Ahbez
Raid the Joint                                  Erskine Hawkins (?)
Red Cross                                       Charlie Parker
Rhythm in a Riff                                Billy Eckstine
Rhythm Sam                                      Nat Cole (?)
Rhythm-a-ning                                   Thelonius Monk
Salt Peanuts                                    Dizzy Gillespie
Seven Come Eleven                               Charlie Christian
Shag                                            Sidney Bechet
Shaw Nuff                                       Dizzy Gillespie
Shoo Shoo Baby                                  Phil Moore
Solid Potato Salad                              DePaul/Prince/Raye
Sonnyside                                       Sonny Stitt
Squatty Roo                                     Johnny Hodges
Stay On It                                      Tadd Dameron
Steeplechase                                    Charlie Parker
Straighten Up and Fly Right                     Nat Cole
The Street Beat                                 C. Thompson/ Robert Mellin
Strictly Confidential                           Bud Powell
Swedish Schnapps                                Charlie Shavers
Swing Spring                                    J.J. Johnson
Swingin' With Diane                             Art Pepper
Syntax                                          J.J. Johnson
Ta-de-ah                                        Nat Cole (?)
The Theme                                       Miles Davis
Tiptoe                                          Thad Jones
Turnpike                                        J.J. Johnson
Wail                                            Bud Powell
Webb City                                       "       "
Wee (AKA Allen's Alley)                         Dizzy Gillespie
Who's Who                                       Art Farmer
Wire Brush Stomp                                Gene Krupa (?)
XYZ                                             Budd Johnson
Yeah Man                                        J. Russel Robinson

And then of course there are a bunch of Aebersold tunes over Rhythm changes:

Ah! A Bossa
Almost Like...
Bebop O'Rooney
Blue Top Expresso
Climbing Up
Flat Tire! Flat Tire!
Homecourt Advantage
Is This Blues?
Oh, Yell!
Put On Your Thinking Cap
Slidin' Home
Weaving Thru Changes

AND, there are plenty of tunes that use Rhythm changes, but alter the A section or use a different bridge.  But I think that's another post

Hope that's enough to get you started!  All of the tunes above were taken from a list in David Baker's book "How to Learn Tunes" (Volume 76), which is published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Inc.

And yes, the class with David Baker was absolutely incredible!  I've never felt so overwhelmed in my life -- on the other hand, I've also never had so much fun in a class (although this semester's jazz combo course with Pat Harbison is pretty awesome too).