After a tumultuous adolescence, Fitzgerald found stability in musical success with the Chick Webb Orchestra, performing across the country but most often associated with the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Fitzgerald's rendition of the nursery rhyme "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" helped boost both her and Webb to national fame.
Song Premiere: Wes Montgomery, "How High the Moon," Live in 1956
After taking over the band when Webb died, Fitzgerald left it behind in to start her solo career. In , she ended her nearly year career with her last public performance. Three years later, she died at the age of 79 after years of declining health. For a quite different version check out Louis Armstrongs bassist Arvell Shaw play it here. He plays both the head and a long solo. Look out for a very cool and straight-to-the-point-intro!
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There can be several reasons: But I think the best reason we can have for playing the tunes we do, is that we like them! This is often the best motivation.
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But here we go:. For learning this tune and more or less every jazz standard the following list would be a good start:. One you really like and learn the lyrics by heart.
Instead of just learning a chord chart. For free versions use youtube.
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But until then you can find the basic changes in the Vanilla book. I think this is a good way to start. Start to learn the changes in their most simple form: Later on when you know the fundamental changes of the tune, you can start re-harmonizing.
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Look out for which chord the song is ending on. It is often the first chord in the tune, but not always!
Tonality in this case is G major, and the form is AB. Where the last eight bars in the B section differs from the last eight bars in the A section.
Tonality is G major. Again major becomes minor in bar 7 and make a II-V in Eb major Fm7-Bb7 which leads to the first chord of the next 8 bars.
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So the tonality changes 3 times in the first 8 bars: We have 2 bars of G major, 4 bars of F major and 2 bars of Eb major. And tonality is descending in whole-steps: This finish the A section and leads to the G major in the first bar of the B section. Alternatively we could play the last two bars like this: On the other hand the original turnaround Bm7-Bb7-Am7-D7 gives you a nice descending bass line: