List of jazz contrafacts

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A contrafact is a musical composition built using the chord progression of a pre-existing one but introducing a new melody. Typically the original tune's progression and song form will be reused but occasionally just a section will be reused in the new composition. This article is a list of notable contrafacts by jazz artists.

Contrafact Contrafact Composer Original Tune Original Composer
Ablution Lennie Tristano All the Things You Are Jerome Kern
All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother Charles Mingus All the Things You Are Jerome Kern
An Oscar for Treadwell Charlie Parker I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Anthropology Charlie Parker I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Apple Jump Dexter Gordon I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Background Music Warne Marsh All of Me Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons
Back Home in Brooklyn with Donna Arun Luthra Back Home Again in Indiana Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley
Barry's Bop Fats Navarro What Is This Thing Called Love? Cole Porter
Bean and the Boys Coleman Hawkins Lover Come Back to Me Sigmund Romberg
Bebop Romp Fats Navarro Fine and Dandy Kay Swift
Because of Guns Vijay Iyer Hey Joe Billy Roberts
Bird Gets the Worm Charlie Parker Lover Come Back to Me Sigmund Romberg
Bird of Paradise Charlie Parker All the Things You Are Jerome Kern
Blue Serge Serge Chaloff Cherokee Ray Noble
Blue Silver Blue Mitchell Peace Horace Silver
Blue's Theme Blue Mitchell I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Boston Bernie Dexter Gordon All the Things You Are Jerome Kern
Bright Mississippi Thelonious Monk Sweet Georgia Brown Ben Bernie
Bud's Bubble Bud Powell I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Byas a Drink Don Byas Stompin' at the Savoy Edgar Sampson
Celebrity Charlie Parker I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Celia Bud Powell I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Chasin' the Bird Charlie Parker I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Chick's Tune Chick Corea You Stepped Out of a Dream Nacio Herb Brown
Chippie Ornette Coleman I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Chronology Ornette Coleman I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Serene Eric Dolphy Tenderly Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence
Come Fog Don Grolnick Come Rain or Come Shine Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen
Constellation Charlie Parker I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Cotton Tail Duke Ellington I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Countdown John Coltrane Tune Up Miles Davis
Crazeology Benny Harris I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
C.T.A. Jimmy Heath I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Dear John Freddie Hubbard Giant Steps John Coltrane
Dewey Square Charlie Parker Oh, Lady Be Good! George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
Denial Miles Davis Confirmation Charlie Parker
Dexterity Charlie Parker I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Dig Miles Davis Sweet Georgia Brown Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard
Diggin' Diz Dizzy Gillespie Lover Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
Dizzie Atmosphere Dizzy Gillespie I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Do You Hear the Voices You Left Behind? John McLaughlin Giant Steps John Coltrane
Donna Lee Charlie Parker and Miles Davis Back Home Again in Indiana Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley
Don't Be That Way Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Mitchell Parish I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Doujie Wes Montgomery Confirmation Charlie Parker
Doxy Sonny Rollins Ja-Da Bob Carleton
Dream Stepper Lee Konitz You Stepped Out of a Dream Nacio Herb Brown
The Eternal Triangle Sonny Stitt Dizzy Atmosphere Dizzy Gillespie
Evidence Thelonious Monk Just You, Just Me Jesse Greer
Feather Bed Ted Brown You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To Cole Porter
Flintstones Theme Bryson, Goldberg I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Fried Bananas Dexter Gordon It Could Happen to You Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke
Fifth House John Coltrane Hot House Tadd Dameron
Four Brothers Jimmy Giuffre Jeepers Creepers Harry Warren
52nd Street Theme Thelonious Monk I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Frantic Fancies Bud Powell 'S Wonderful George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
Freight Train Tommy Flanagan Blues for Alice Charlie Parker
Fungi Mama Blue Mitchell I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Futurity Gigi Gryce There Will Never Be Another You Harry Warren
Garage Band Arun Luthra How About You? Burton Lane, Ralph Freed
Get It Bud Powell Love Me or Leave Me Walter Donaldson
Green St. Caper Woody Shaw Green Dolphin Street Bronislau Kaper
Good Bait Tadd Dameron, Count Basie I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Groovin' High Dizzy Gillespie Whispering Vincent Rose
Hackensack Thelonious Monk Oh, Lady Be Good George Gershwin
Half Nelson Miles Davis Lady Bird Tadd Dameron
Hot House Tadd Dameron What Is This Thing Called Love? Cole Porter
I Hate You Tete Montoliu I Love You Cole Porter
Impressions John Coltrane So What Miles Davis
In a Mellow Tone Duke Ellington Rose Room Art Hickman, Harry Williams
In Walked Bud Thelonious Monk Blue Skies Irving Berlin
Infra Rae Hank Mobley Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise Sigmund Romberg
The Injuns Donald Byrd Cherokee Ray Noble
Jack Sprat Sonny Stitt Blues for Alice Charlie Parker
Jahbero Tadd Dameron All the Things You Are Jerome Kern
Juicy Lucy Horace Silver Confirmation Charlie Parker
Keen and Peechy Woody Herman Fine and Dandy Kay Swift
Ko Ko Charlie Parker Cherokee Ray Noble
Lee's Dream Fred Hersch You Stepped Out of a Dream Nacio Herb Brown
Little Willie Leaps Miles Davis All God's Chillun Got Rhythm Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn
Lullaby of Birdland George Shearing Love Me or Leave Me Walter Donaldson
The Man from Hyde Park Harold Mabern The Song is You Jerome Kern
Marshmallow Warne Marsh Cherokee Ray Noble
Mayreh Horace Silver All God's Chillun Got Rhythm Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn
Meiji Stunt Jim McNeely Just in Time Jule Styne
Mirror Lake Idrees Sulieman Wave Antonio Carlos Jobim
Moose the Mooche Charlie Parker I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
My Little Suede Shoes Charlie Parker Jeepers Creepers Johnny Mercer
Nostalgia Fats Navarro Out of Nowhere Johnny Green
Not You Again John Scofield There Will Never Be Another You Harry Warren
Off the Cuff Jim McNeely It's You or No One Jule Styne
Oleo Sonny Rollins I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
On a Misty Night Tadd Dameron September in the Rain Harry Warren
Ornithology Charlie Parker, Benny Harris How High The Moon Morgan Lewis
Parker 51 Jimmy Raney Cherokee Ray Noble
Prince Albert Kenny Dorham All the Things You Are Jerome Kern
The Protagonist Jack Cooper Lover Richard Rodgers
Quasimodo Charlie Parker Embraceable You George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
Quicksilver Horace Silver Lover Come Back to Me Sigmund Romberg
Raeba Jimmy Halperin I Didn't Know What Time It Was Richard Rodgers
Re-Re Bob Mintzer Back Home Again in Indiana Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley
Rhythm-a-Ning Thelonious Monk I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Room 608 Horace Silver I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Salt Peanuts Dizzy Gillespie I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Salute to Birdland AKA Salute to the Bandbox Gigi Gryce I'll Remember April Gene de Paul
Split Kick Horace Silver There Will Never Be Another You Harry Warren
Suspone Mike Stern I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Sub-Atomic Dominant Jimmy Halperin Sweet Georgia Brown Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard
Subconscious Lee Lee Konitz What Is This Thing Called Love? Cole Porter
Stupendous Mel Broiles 'S Wonderful George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
Sweet Clifford Clifford Brown Sweet Georgia Brown Ben Bernie
Sweet Thing Rory Stuart In Your Own Sweet Way Dave Brubeck
Tangibility Arun Luthra I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
The Theme Miles Davis I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Third Event Arun Luthra Giant Steps John Coltrane
317 East 32nd Street Lennie Tristano Out of Nowhere Johnny Green
Thriving from a Riff Charlie Parker I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Tour de Force Dizzy Gillespie Jeepers Creepers Harry Warren
Twelve Peter Erskine Easy to Love Cole Porter
Two in Love Jack Cooper I Love You Cole Porter
Vodka Mal Waldron Yesterdays Jerome Kern
Wail Bud Powell I Got Rhythm George Gershwin
Walk, Don't Run Johnny Smith Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II
Waltz New Jim Hall Some Day My Prince Will Come Frank Churchill
Warmin Up a Riff Charlie Parker Cherokee Ray Noble
Weeja Elmo Hope Confirmation Charlie Parker
Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am Charles Mingus What Is This Thing Called Love? Cole Porter
What Love? Charles Mingus What Is This Thing Called Love? Cole Porter
Yardbird Suite Charlie Parker Rosetta Earl Hines
Zog's Jog James Morrison Cherokee Ray Noble
Coupe de Ville Mike Stern There Is No Greater Love Isham Jones, Marty Symes
One Liners Mike Stern Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise Sigmund Romberg
Psalm Jimmy Halperin Darn That Dream Jimmy Van Heusen

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