Proficient Homework

Describe the two bands. (What instruments? Who is playing them?) Describe each performance. (What style? How was the form put together?)


  1. You will use your knowledge of jazz methods and values to compare and contrast two performances of a jazz tune.
  2. 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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