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    Bop Standards

    This is something which I hope will develop some useful discussion, and also provide a resource.

    I am compiling a list of the top 100 standards played at Bop jams, to give players the chance to develop a repetoire which will enable them to join in jam sessions wherever they find themselves, and I would value the input of members of this board.

    This is not a 'best of' list - just a catalogue of those tunes which are actually the most played.

    If anyone would like to add a list of the top ten or twenty heads they find being played at sessions that would be very helpful - and very interesting.

    To kick things off - here are the tunes I have found being played at sessions in London over the last couple of weeks


    Ladybird by Tadd Dameron
    Blues for Alice
    Joy Spring by Lee Morgan
    Jordu - Duke Jordan
    Bouncing With Bud - Bud Powell
    Dance of the Infidels - Bud Powell
    Good Bait - Tad Dameron
    Ornithology - Charlie Parker
    Anthropology
    Donna Lee
    St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins

    Look forward to hearing more!

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    No particular order (I'm using a fairly narrow definiton of "bop", i.e., no hard bop and no Coltrane or Benny Golson tunes):

    Hot House
    Groovin High
    Billie's Bounce
    Conception
    Minority
    Confirmation
    Doxy
    Eternal Triangle
    Yardbird Suite
    For Minors Only
    Four
    Bemsha Swing
    Milestones (old)
    Serpent's Tooth
    Night in Tunisia
    Subconscious-lee
    Oleo
    Straight No Chaser
    Tenor Madness
    Solar
    Valse Hot
    In Walked Bud
    Pent-Up House
    Rhythm-a-ning
    In Your Own Sweet Way
    Sandu
    Moose the Mooche
    My Little Suede Shoes
    Well You Needn't
    Scrapple from the Apple
    Sonnymoon for Two
    This I Dig of You
    Woody n' You

    While I've been to plenty of jam sessions, I've never gone to the kind of "jam session" where you sign up and pretty much anyone can get up and play. In my experience, bop tunes are not really called that often, it's usually a standard or an interesting modern tune like Dolphin Dance.

    Also, I find that the popular tunes varies a lot in different areas. Sometimes a well-known player will start playing a tune on gigs and all of a sudden everyone's calling it at jam sessions.

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    Here is the list from the Free Jazz Institute.
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    With respect, guys, the OP was asking for most-played bop heads, not standards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazz oud View Post
    With respect, guys, the OP was asking for most-played bop heads, not standards.
    Then lacks Bebop

    Blue Monk
    Bloomdido
    Shaw 'Nuff
    Dexterity
    Epistrophy
    I Mean You
    Letís Cool On
    Misterioso
    Round Midnight
    Think of One
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazz oud View Post
    With respect, guys, the OP was asking for most-played bop heads, not standards.

    oh, please.


    I am compiling a list of the top 100 standards played at Bop jams, to give players the chance to develop a repetoire which will enable them to join in jam sessions wherever they find themselves, and I would value the input of members of this board.
    maybe different for you big city folks, but out here in the stix joy spring, night in tunisia, well you needn't, pent-up house...that's about it, if you really mean strictly jazz compositions (if you really mean "bebop", that would not include later "hard bop" or later still "free bop"...or would it?)

    then again, i've never seen a "bop jam"...

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    Well, "bop" by itself always refers to bebop, so I did leave hard bop out of my list. If I was mistaken in my interpretation of Guitar_Jazz's question, I apologize. From his examples, I thought it was clear that he was looking for bop tunes.

    Since there are already at least a half-dozen well-known lists of standards to know, I assumed that he had asked a more interesting question.

    then again, i've never seen a "bop jam"...
    You could go to small's next time you're in NYC . . . actually I haven't been to their jam in years, don't know if it's still primarily bop-oriented or not.
    I hope not, because a bop jam is pretty lame.

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    Thanks guys - and keep 'em coming

    To all those who are contributing here - thank you very much!

    This:-

    http://forums.allaboutjazz.com/showp...9&postcount=27

    is I think a pretty good list of general standards which has already been put together by the folk on this board -

    Just to clarify, I am talking about the repertoire developed by the guys on this list:-

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bebop_musicians

    (Again - not definitive, but a useful starting point...)

    The reason I posted this is that in the last year I have been to a bunch of jams - in France, Switzerland, Germany and England - where the focus is on this repertoire.

    With my own groups I play what ever I fancy, but I'm looking to build a repertoire which fits into these kind of sessions - so that wherever I travel I always know a bunch of tunes which fit in...

    Looking forward to more contributions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazz oud View Post
    I hope not, because a bop jam is pretty lame.
    Burn!

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    Now is the Time and Dig are played a lot around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar_Jazz View Post
    Joy Spring by Lee Morgan
    Lee played it but Clifford wrote it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazz oud View Post
    a bop jam is pretty lame.
    Would you also find a hard bop jam pretty lame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar_Jazz View Post
    This is something which I hope will develop some useful discussion, and also provide a resource.

    I am compiling a list of the top 100 standards played at Bop jams, to give players the chance to develop a repetoire which will enable them to join in jam sessions wherever they find themselves, and I would value the input of members of this board.

    This is not a 'best of' list - just a catalogue of those tunes which are actually the most played.

    If anyone would like to add a list of the top ten or twenty heads they find being played at sessions that would be very helpful - and very interesting.

    To kick things off - here are the tunes I have found being played at sessions in London over the last couple of weeks


    Ladybird by Tadd Dameron
    Blues for Alice
    Joy Spring by Lee Morgan
    Jordu - Duke Jordan
    Bouncing With Bud - Bud Powell
    Dance of the Infidels - Bud Powell
    Good Bait - Tad Dameron
    Ornithology - Charlie Parker
    Anthropology
    Donna Lee
    St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins

    Look forward to hearing more!
    Hi there - I have been organizing and leading a jazz jam session for about three years now in my town. It's pretty much the only one in town. My drummer recently asked me for a list of tunes that we have been playing regularly, and since I keep track of them in the software that I use to index my pdfs on the Ipad, I generated the list below for him.

    I want to mention that the tunes that you hear at jam sessions will vary quite a bit from place to place. Often times, the reasons that we may or may not play a tune are practical. For instance, if it's in the Real Book 5th Edition and the 6th edition, but the changes are quite different between the two (cough RB5 is wrong cough...), that's a good reason to set it aside because people may be reading or have memorized different changes. Also, since several of us use Ipads, if it's a 2-page tune, we may opt not to play it

    I can tell you that in the three years that I have led the session, we have never played two of the tunes on your list:

    Bouncing With Bud - Bud Powell
    Dance of the Infidels - Bud Powell

    I know them both well, they just don't get called.

    Anway, here's the list. I marked tunes that we have played a lot recently with an underline. That means that either people who come up to sit in with the house band have been asking to play the tune a bunch recently, or one of the guys in the house band has a boner for the tune, e.g, they have been shedding it and want a chance to play it.

    Cheers,

    Jeff


    502 Blues
    Agua de Beber
    All The Things You Are
    Along Came Betty
    Angel Eyes
    Beatrice

    Beautiful Love
    Birk's Works
    Black Narcissus
    Blue Bossa
    Blue Daniel
    Bluesette
    Bye Bye Blackbird
    Ceora
    Con Alma
    Confirmation
    Darn that Dream
    Days Of Wine And Roses
    Dolphin Dance
    Eiderdown
    Falling Grace
    Fee Fi Fo Fum
    Footprints
    Four
    Four on Six

    Green Dolphin Street
    Have You Met Miss Jones
    Hocus-pocus
    I'll Remember April
    I Remember Clifford
    In A Sentimental Mood
    In Your Own Sweet Way
    Interplay
    Jody Grind (The)

    Joy of Spring
    Just Friends
    Lucky Southern
    Maiden Voyage
    Minority
    Moment's Notice
    My Foolish Heart
    Nardis
    Night And Day
    Nostalgia In Times Square

    Now's The Time
    Oleo

    Out Of The Night
    Pent Up House
    Peri's Scope
    Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
    Recorda-me
    Remember
    Road Song
    Seven Steps to Heaven
    So Nice (summer Samba)
    So What
    Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
    Solar
    Someday My Prince Will Come
    Song for my Father
    St. Thomas
    Stablemates
    Stella By Starlight
    Stolen Moments

    Strollin
    Topsy
    There Is No Greater Love
    There Will Never Be Another You

    Triste
    Up Jumped Spring
    Very Early
    Wave
    Windows
    Yesterdays

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