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The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (2nd edition)
The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (2nd edition)

The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (2nd edition)

Ted Gioia
  • Brings the bestselling guide to the jazz repertoire up to date, with more coverage of current-day jazz stars
  • Features hundreds of new recommended tracks
  • Provides new information on songs included in the previous edition, some of it never published before

New to this Edition:

  • 15 additional standards
  • Updated and expanded information


An updated new edition of Ted Gioia's acclaimed compendium of jazz standards, featuring 15 additional selections, hundreds of additional recommended tracks, and enhancements and additions on almost every page.
Since the first edition of The Jazz Standards was published in 2012, author Ted Gioia has received almost non-stop feedback and suggestions from the passionate global community of jazz enthusiasts and performers requesting crucial additions and corrections to the book. In this second edition, Gioia expands the scope of the book to include more songs, and features new recordings by rising contemporary artists.
The Jazz Standards is an essential comprehensive guide to some of the most important jazz compositions, telling the story of more than 250 key jazz songs and providing a listening guide to more than 2,000 recordings. The fan who wants to know more about a tune heard at the club or on the radio will find this book indispensable. Musicians who play these songs night after night will find it to be a handy guide, as it outlines the standards' history and significance and tells how they have been performed by different generations of jazz artists. Students learning about jazz standards will find it to be a go-to reference work for these cornerstones of the repertoire. This book is a unique resource, a browser's companion, and an invaluable introduction to the art form.



After You've Gone
Ain't Misbehavin'
All Blues
All of Me
All of You
All the Things You Are
Almost Like Being in Love
Alone Together
Along Came Betty
Angel Eyes
April in Paris
Autumn in New York
Autumn Leaves
Bags' Groove
Basin Street Blues
Beale Street Blues
Bemsha Swing
Billie's Bounce
Blue Bossa
Blue in Green
Blue Monk
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
Blues in the Night
Body and Soul
But Beautiful
But Not for Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
C Jam Blues
Cantaloupe Island
Chelsea Bridge
A Child is Born
Come Rain or Come Shine
Come Sunday
Con Alma
Cotton Tail
Darn That Dream
Days of Wine and Roses
Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
Dolphin Dance
Donna Lee
Don't Blame Me
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)
Easy Living
Easy to Love
Embraceable You
Everything Happens to Me
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Exactly Like You
Falling in Love with Love
Fascinating Rhythm
Fly Me to the Moon
A Foggy Day
Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You?
Georgia on My Mind
Ghost of a Chance
Giant Steps
The Girl from Ipanema
God Bless the Child
Gone with the Wind
Good Morning Heartache
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Groovin' High
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Here's That Rainy Day
Honeysuckle Rose
Hot House
How Deep Is the Ocean?
How High the Moon
How Insensitive
How Long Has This Been Going On?
I Can't Get Started
I Can't Give You Anything but Love
I Cover the Waterfront
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
I Fall in Love Too Easily
I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)
I Got Rhythm
I Hear a Rhapsody
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
I Love You
I Mean You
I Only Have Eyes for You
I Remember Clifford
I Should Care
I Surrender, Dear
I Thought about You
I Want to Be Happy
If I Should Lose You
If You Could See Me Now
I'll Remember April
I'm in the Mood for Love
In a Mellow Tone
In a Sentimental Mood
In Your Own Sweet Way
It Could Happen to You
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
It Had to Be You
It Might As Well Be Spring
It Never Entered My Mind
I've Found a New Baby
The Jitterbug Waltz
Joy Spring
Just Friends
Just One of Those Things
Just You, Just Me
King Porter Stomp
Lady Bird
The Lady is a Tramp
Lester Leaps In
Like Someone in Love
Limehouse Blues
Lonely Woman
Lotus Blossom
Love for Sale
Love is Here to Stay
Lover, Come Back to Me
Lover Man
Lullaby of Birdland
Lush Life
Mack the Knife
Maiden Voyage
The Man I Love
Manhã de Carnaval
Mean to Me
Memories of You
Moment's Notice
Mood Indigo
Moonlight in Vermont
Moose the Mooche
More Than You Know
Muskrat Ramble
My Favorite Things
My Foolish Heart
My Funny Valentine
My Heart Stood Still
My Old Flame
My One and Only Love
My Romance
Nature Boy
The Nearness of You
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Night and Day
Night in Tunisia
Night Train
Now's the Time
Oh, Lady Be Good!
Old Folks
On a Clear Day
On Green Dolphin Street
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Once I Loved
One Note Samba
One o'Clock Jump
Out of Nowhere
Over the Rainbow
The Peacocks
Pennies from Heaven
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Prelude to a Kiss
'Round Midnight
Royal Garden Blues
Ruby, My Dear
St. James Infirmary Blues
St. Louis Blues
St. Thomas
Satin Doll
Scrapple from the Apple
Secret Love
The Shadow of Your Smile
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
So What
Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
Some of These Days
Someday My Prince Will Come
Someone to Watch Over Me
Song for My Father
The Song Is You
Sophisticated Lady
Soul Eyes
Speak Low
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
Spring Is Here
Star Dust
Star Eyes
Stella by Starlight
Stolen Moments
Stompin' at the Savoy
Stormy Weather
Straight, No Chaser
Struttin' with Some Barbecue
Sweet Georgia Brown
'S Wonderful
Take Five
Take the A Train
Tea for Two
There Is No Greater Love
There Will Never Be Another You
These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
They Can't Take That Away from Me
Things Ain't What They Used to Be
Tiger Rag
Time after Time
Tin Roof Blues
The Very Thought of You
Waltz for Debby
Watermelon Man
The Way You Look Tonight
Well, You Needn't
What Is This Thing Called Love?
What's New?
When the Saints Go Marching In
Whisper Not
Who Can I Turn To?
Willow Weep for Me
Yardbird Suite
You Don't Know What Love Is
You Go to My Head
You Stepped Out of a Dream
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To

About the author: 

Ted Gioia is a pianist, critic, scholar, historian and educator. He is author of 11 books, including The History of Jazz and Delta Blues—both honored by the New York Times on their list of 100 notable books of the year. His three books on the social history of music—Work Songs, Healing Songs, and Love Songs—have each been honored with the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Gioia holds degrees from Stanford and Oxford, and previously served on the faculty of Stanford's Department of Music. Praised as one of the leading music historians of our day, Gioia is a preeminent guide to songs of the past, present, and future.

"Gioia brings his deep knowledge of jazz to bear when comparing how a wide variety of artists approached a given tune and does not shy away from voicing his opinions about the good, the bad, and the ugly." - J Farrington, CHOICE

"If you look up just one title in The Jazz Standards, before you realize it you will have spent an intriguing hour or two learning fascinating and new things about old songs that you have known most of your life." - Dave Brubeck

"Which is best: interpretation or song? In any case, jazz and standards are forever locked in loving embrace. A finely researched work." - Sonny Rollins

"Mr. Gioia's is the first general-interest, wide-ranging and authoritative guide to the basic contemporary jazz canon." - Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal

"In virtually every instance, Gioia delivers." - The Atlantic Monthly

"One man's repertoire may be another man's B-list, but when the man is Ted Gioia, one tends to listen - in both senses. Gioia, among the most lauded of jazz writers, has chosen more than 250 songs. He tells the story behind each....Compulsively readable, and belongs on the shelves of every jazz lover, or jazz-lover wannabe." - Toronto Globe and Mail

"This book should be in the library of every gigging jazz musician and every serious jazz fan." - Library Journal

"What a useful and informative book The Jazz Standards is! Explaining the jazz repertory in a way that is accessible for the jazz beginner yet stimulating for the aficionado, Ted Gioia shows once again why he is one the best jazz writers around today." - Gerald Early, Editor of Miles Davis and American Culture

"Warning: This book is addictive....Putting together a compendium like this must involve prodigious research and an encyclopaedic memory. Fortunately Gioia...wears his learning lightly and conveys it with wit and insight, and a minimum of musicological jargon." - Dallas Morning News

"The book is wise, often funny—and it always accomplishes the highest mission of writing about music, which is to send you back to the music with wide-open ears." - Kansas City Star

Product details

ISBN : 9780190087173

Ted Gioia
608 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 2021
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The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (2nd edition)

The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (2nd edition)

The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (2nd edition)