Franco's Jazz Picks - May 2019

I pulled together my "get off book" practice list for May 2019.

  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • I Thought About You
  • Invitation
  • Lady Bird
  • Nica's Dream
  • Recorda-Me
  • Someday My Prince Will Come
  • Tenderly
  • Yesterdays

Some of those are new tunes, some are ones that I need to refresh/maintain. The objectives for this list are as follows:

Be able to...

  • memorize the common key(s) for each tune
  • sing the melody, bonus points if I can play them.
  • move through root motion on the tunes without a chart
  • play any intro sections and codas that are special
  • execute trades without chart open
  • take a solo that I like the sound of
  • bonus points: write out the chart from memory, with chord qualities

Franco's Jazz Picks, April 2019

An important part of how I organize learning and internalizing Jazz tunes is to try to spend time with a set of songs each month. I assemble a playlist with many versions of those tunes and listen a lot. I assemble a playlist in iRealPro and use it for practice.

These are tunes I will be spending time with in April 2019.

Top 10:

  • There Will Never Be Another You (Eb)
  • Have You Met Miss Jones? (F)


  • I'll Remember April (G)
  • Well You Needn't (F)
  • Whisper Not (C-)

Medium Up:

  • Best Things In Life Are Free, The (C)


  • Girl From Ipanema RB, The (F)
  • Watch What Happens RB (Eb)

Blues and Rhythm Changes

  • Anthropology (Bb)
  • Mr. P.C. RB (C-)


  • Bluesette (Bb)


  • Star Dust (Db)