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When learning jazz music, it is important to remember that “the blues” is not just simply a scale…

  • “The blues” is a style, a feeling, a whole genre unto itself. 
 

The best way to learn about the blues (without your wife leaving you, your dog running away, or losing your trusty pickup truck) is to learn blues melodies! 

 

Here is a list of over fifty blues tunes to become familiar with.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, however it includes blueses written by jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and more! 

All Blues 

Au Privave

Bags Groove 

Barbados

Billie’s Bounce

Bird Lives

Black Coffee

Bloomdido

Blowin’ the Blues Away

Blues by 5

Blue Seven

Blue Trane

Blue Monk 

Bluesette

Blues Connotation 

Blues for Alice

Blues for Stephanie

Blues in the Closet 

Blues March

Blues on the Corner

Butch and Butch

Cedar’s Blues

C Jam Blues

Chasin’ the Trane

Cheryl

Chi-Chi 

Cool Blues

Doodlin’

Eighty-One 

Fine and Mellow

Filthy McNasty

Freddie Freeloader

Freight Train

Gingerbread Boy 

Green Onions

Isotope

Misterioso

Mr. Day

Night Train

Now’s the Time

Pfrancin’ (No Blues)

Relaxin’ at Camarillo

Red Top

Route 66

Royal Garden Blues 

Saint Louis Blues

Sandu

Sippin’ at Bells

Society Red

Solid 

Sonnymoon for Two

Straight, No Chaser

Take the Coltrane 

Tenor Madness

The Blues Walk

Things Ain’t What They Used to Be

Turnaround

Twisted

Two-Bass Hit

Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West

When Will the Blues Leave



Minor Blues

Birk’s Works

Boogie Stop Shuffle 

Dig Dis

Equinox

Eye of the Hurricane

Footprints

Israel

Mr. PC

One for Daddy-O

Señor Blues 

Stolen Moments

Walkin’

 

Other

Cold Duck Time

Unit 7 (Blues with a Bridge)

Scotch and Water (Blues with a Bridge)

The Chicken (Funk)

The Sidewinder (24 bar blues)

Watermelon Man (16 bar blues)

Work Song (16 Bar Minor Blues) 

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