4 Songs That Will Turn You Into A Jazz Fan

Jazz has a rather undeserved reputation as background music to put on while having a dinner party, reading a book, or meditating. However, if you have never considered yourself a fan of jazz in the past, there is a good chance you may have already liked a jazz song, but never realized it. It could be a tune that is later used in several movies or TV shows, or as a popular sample in a rap song.

Here are just a few jazz numbers that you might find yourself liking more than you thought you would.

Check with your teacher about learning some of these.

“In A Sentimental Mood”

Duke Ellington recorded this song many times after he wrote it in 1935. His 1963 version with John Coltrane has been used in more TV shows & movies than you can name. Originally performed in D minor, the Coltrane take was recorded in B-flat minor


The title track to his 1976 album & a cover of a song by the late Bobby Womack (1944-2014), guitarist George Benson’s version of “Breezin’” was later used by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince for their song “Time To Chill”.


“Ode To Billie Joe”

Although a saxophonist, Lou Donaldson’s take on the Bobbie Gentry classic “Ode To Billie Joe” has had its drumming sampled on several songs, including Lauryn Hill’s “To Zion”.


“Inner City Blues”

Organist Reuben Wilson’s performance of Marvin Gaye’s classic “Inner City Blues” stands out for its funky bass line, which was sampled by A Tribe Called Quest for their song “Youthful Expression”. A Tribe Called Quest was one of the first rap groups to heavily sample from jazz music for their songs.




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