I was going through my computer deleting random “bad” photos I have been collecting for years when I found this gem among the photos. I must have downloaded it while on my phone from Facebook or some other source because I have no recollection of downloading it at all. I was about to delete it when I paused and took a look at it. Within a few seconds I was thinking “Wow, this is a great list of a hundred must know jazz standards!” There is not one tune on this list I would disagree with!
100 Must Know Jazz Tunes Consensus List
I did a search online to see where it came from but couldn’t find this list posted anywhere on the internet. I did find an iTunes track list of the standards in order which is cool (and one on Spotify also but I don’t use Spotify…….) After some more research I found a reference to HSPVA. After another search I found that HSPVA stands for “High School for the Performing and Visual Arts” in Houston Texas. I then did some more searches for the names on the sheet with the word “Jazz” next to them and I believe the names are Jazz Educators at different colleges around the country. It’s hard to know 100% without the first names but that would be my guess. (Blancq,Dyas,Gasior,Goldman,Harris,Marantz,Pellera and Sneed)
I am very curious about what process the creator(s) took to come up with these tunes. Each tune has a score next to it which I assume is some sort of vote count perhaps? The first tune on the list “Take the A Train” has a score of 679. I’m curious if 679 musicians voted on this tune, or maybe educators? Maybe there was some other criteria that made up the scoring. Very interesting……….
I don’t see any copyright on the page so I hope whoever made it doesn’t mind if I post it here for all to see. I’ve decided to start using this sheet with my students as I do agree that these are some of the most popular jazz tunes called at gigs, jam sessions and functions from my experience. If you are going to start memorizing 100 jazz standards this list is the perfect place to start!
I hope by posting it here I can get some feedback on how it was compiled and put together. Enjoy! Steve