C Jam Blues

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C Jam Blues
by Duke Ellington
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Duke Ellington c. 1940s
Key C major
Genre Jazz
Form Twelve-bar blues
Composed 1942 (1942)

"C Jam Blues"" is a jazz standard composed in 1942 by Duke Ellington and performed by countless other musicians, such as Dave Grusin, Django Reinhardt, Oscar Peterson, and Charles Mingus.

Background[edit]

As the title suggests, the piece follows a twelve-bar blues form in the key of C major. The song is well known for being extremely easy to play, with the entire melody featuring only two notes: G and C.

The piece typically features several improvised solos. The final solo continues in the upper register as the entire ensemble comes in and the music grows to a climax. The melody likely originated from the clarinetist Barney Bigard in 1941, but its origin is not perfectly clear.[1]

It was also known as "Duke's Place", with lyrics added by Bill Katts, Bob Thiele and Ruth Roberts.

Recordings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "C Jam Blues (1942)". JazzStandards.com. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  2. ^ San Antonio Rose. Tiffany Transcriptions page 351.
  3. ^ Tracey, Ed (18 September 2016). "Odds & Ends: News/Humor (with a "Who Lost the Week?" poll)". Daily Kos. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Mulgrew Miller Discography". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved 7 March 2017.