On Green Dolphin Street (song)

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"On Green Dolphin Street"
Song by Jimmy Dorsey
GenrePop, jazz
Composer(s)Bronisław Kaper
Lyricist(s)Ned Washington

"On Green Dolphin Street" (originally entitled "Green Dolphin Street") is a 1947 popular song composed by Bronisław Kaper with lyrics by Ned Washington. The song was composed for the film Green Dolphin Street, which was based on a 1944 novel of the same name by Elizabeth Goudge, and became a jazz standard after it was recorded by Miles Davis in 1958.[1]


Date Main recording artist Vocalist Album title, notes
1947 Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra Bill Lawrence Soundtrack for Green Dolphin Street
1955 Urbie Green instrumental East Coast Jazz Volume 6 (1955) ]
1956 Ahmad Jamal Trio instrumental Count 'Em 88[2]
1957 Poll Winners (Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne) instrumental The Poll Winners
1957 Chet Baker instrumental Embraceable You
1958 Jack Sheldon and His Exciting All-Star Big-Band instrumental Jack's Groove, arranged for big band by Lenny Niehaus
1958 Miles Davis Sextet instrumental Jazz Track (with soundtrack Ascenseur pour l'échafaud), reissued as Basic Miles (1973) and 1958 Miles[2] in Japan (1974), (also '58 Miles Featuring Stella by Starlight)
1958 Tony Perkins with Urbie Green's Orchestra Tony Perkins From My Heart...
1959 Bill Evans instrumental On Green Dolphin Street[2]
1959 Wynton Kelly instrumental Kelly Blue[2]
1959 Paul Horn instrumental Impressions!
1960 Dakota Staton instrumental Dakota
1960 Duke Pearson Trio instrumental Tender Feelin's
1960 Eric Dolphy Quintet instrumental Outward Bound[2]
1960 Horace Parlan instrumental Movin' & Groovin'
1960 John Coltrane instrumental 1960 Düsseldorf (WDR Master Concerts series)
1960 Miles Davis Quintet (with John Coltrane) instrumental Copenhagen 1960
1960 Miles Davis Quintet (with John Coltrane) instrumental Stockholm 1960 (reissue 2000)
1960 Miles Davis Quintet (with Sonny Stitt) instrumental Miles Davis & Sonny Stitt Live in Stockholm 1960 (2005)
1960 The Three Sounds instrumental Moods, released as single A-side with "Love for Sale"
1961 Cal Tjader instrumental In a Latin Bag
1961 Dave Pike instrumental It's Time for Dave Pike
1961 Eric Dolphy Quartet (with McCoy Tyner) instrumental Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise (1992), recorded live in Munich, Germany (first released unofficially in 1981 as 1961)
1961 George Shearing Quintet with Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson The Swingin's Mutual!
1961 Grant Green Quartet instrumental Gooden's Corner (1979), with Sonny Clark
1961 Les McCann Ltd. instrumental Pretty Lady, reissued as Django in 1968
1961 Lionel Hampton instrumental Soft Vibes Soaring Strings
1961 Mark Murphy Mark Murphy Rah![2]
1961 Miles Davis Quintet instrumental In Person Saturday Night at the Blackhawk, San Francisco, Volume II (2003), contains two previously unreleased versions of the song not part of the original album
1961 Montgomery Brothers instrumental The Montgomery Brothers in Canada
1961 Red Garland instrumental Bright and Breezy
1961 Walter Bishop Jr. Trio instrumental Speak Low + 3
1962 Al Grey instrumental Snap Your Fingers, featuring Billy Mitchell (reissue 2003)
1962 Eddie Harris instrumental Eddie Harris Goes to the Movies, with orchestra conducted by Dick Marx
1962 Elek Bacsik instrumental The Electric Guitar of the Eclectic Elek Bacsik
1962 Mel Tormé Mel Tormé Comin' Home Baby!, arranged and conducted by Shorty Rogers; rereleased as Right Now! (1967)
1962 George Shearing instrumental Shearing Bossa Nova, arranged by Clare Fischer
1962 Oscar Peterson Trio instrumental The Sound of the Trio (live)
1962 Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson instrumental Very Tall
1963 Billy Eckstine instrumental Now Singing in 12 Great Movies
1963 Bossa Três instrumental Bossa Três
1963 Dick Schory's Percussion Pops Orchestra instrumental Supercussion
1963 Jerry Goldsmith instrumental O.S.T. The Prize
1963 Johnny Lytle instrumental The Village Caller!, reissued as A Groove
1963 Marian McPartland instrumental Bossa Nova + Soul
1963 Sonny Criss instrumental Mr Blues Pour Flirter
1963 Vince Guaraldi instrumental In Person
1964 Albert Ayler instrumental My Name Is Albert Ayler (a.k.a. Free Jazz)
1964 Erroll Garner instrumental Amsterdam Concert
1964 Gary Burton instrumental Something's Coming!, quartet recording with Jim Hall
1964 Martin Denny instrumental Latin Village
1964 Maynard Ferguson instrumental Color Him Wild, arranged by Michael Abene and Don Rader
1964 Tony Bennett with the Ralph Sharon Trio Tony Bennett When Lights Are Low, arranged by Ralph Sharon
1965 Eddie Harris instrumental Cool Sax from Hollywood to Broadway
1965 Ernest Ranglin instrumental Guitar in Ernest
1965 Miles Davis Quintet instrumental The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965, released in 1995 (song played on one of seven sets)
1965 Ran Blake instrumental Plays Solo Piano
1965 Sonny Rollins instrumental Sonny Rollins on Impulse![2]
1965 Victor Feldman instrumental Love Me with All Your Heart, also released as single A-side
1965 Wild Bill Davis & Johnny Hodges instrumental Con-Soul and Sax
1966 Earl Grant Earl Grant? Bali Ha'i
1966 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis instrumental Lock, the Fox
1966 Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan You're Mine You
1966 Stan Getz Quartet instrumental In Paris, live recording
1967 Afro Blues Quintet Plus One instrumental Discovery 3
1967 Bill Evans Trio instrumental California Here I Come (1982)
1967 Dinah Washington Dinah Washington Dinah Discovered
1967 Les McCann Trio instrumental From the Top of the Barrel
1967 Richard "Groove" Holmes instrumental Super Soul
1967 Teddy Wilson Quintet instrumental Stomping at the Savoy (1971)
1968 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald 30 by Ella, recorded with Harry "Sweets" Edison
1968 Joe Henderson instrumental Four with Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. Released not until 1994.
1968 Oscar Peterson Trio instrumental Mellow Mood
1969 Meireles e Os Copa 7 instrumental Tropical with J. T. Meirelles
1970 Anita O'Day Anita O'Day O.S.T. Zigzag
1970 Art Van Damme Quintet instrumental Keep Going
1970 Gene Harris Trio instrumental Live at the 'It Club' (1996)
1971 Gene Russell instrumental New Direction
1972 Joe Williams Joe Williams live with the Cannonball Adderley Sextet
1972 Johnny Hartman Johnny Hartman For Trane
1973 Bill Evans Trio instrumental The Tokyo Concert
1973 Duke Jordan instrumental Flight to Denmark
1973 Gene Harris Trio instrumental Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
1973 Jimmy McGriff instrumental Friday the 13th. Cook County Jail
1974 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis instrumental Leapin' on Lenox[2]
1974 Herb Ellis & Ray Brown instrumental Herb Ellis & Ray Brown's Soft Shoe
1974 Lee Konitz instrumental Satori
1974 Oscar Peterson Trio instrumental Oscar Peterson in Russia
1975 Singers Unlimited with Pat Williams Orchestra The Singers Unlimited Feeling Free
1976 Joe Pass (solo) instrumental Virtuoso No. 2
1976 Joe Sample / Ray Brown / Shelly Manne instrumental The Three
1976 Monty Alexander instrumental Unlimited Love - Live & In Concert
1977 Archie Shepp instrumental On Green Dolphin Street
1977 Benny Carter 4 instrumental Montreux '77, live
1977 Carmen McRae Carmen McRae At the Great American Music Hall, recorded live with a quartet featuring Dizzy Gillespie
1977 Les Brown & His Band of Renown instrumental Goes Direct to Disc
1977 Masabumi Kikuchi Sextet instrumental Matrix
1977 Return to Forever instrumental Live: The Complete Concert
1977 Rhoda Scott and Kenny Clarke Rhoda Scott Rhoda Scott + Kenny Clarke, reissued as Jazz in Paris
1977 Sheila Jordan & Arild Andersen Sheila Jordan Sheila
1978 Herbie Hancock instrumental The Piano
1978 Woody Shaw Quintet instrumental Stepping Stones Bonus Tracks (2011), recorded live at the Village Vanguard
1979 Anthony Braxton instrumental Solo (Milano) 1979 Vol. 2 (2004)
1979 Herbie Hancock with Wayne Shorter instrumental V.S.O.P. Live Under the Sky, the song played by the duo as an encore, a medley with "Stella by Starlight"
1980 Bud Shank, Bill Mays, Alan Broadbent instrumental Crystal Comments
1981 Paquito D'Rivera instrumental Blowin
1981 Sun Ra instrumental The Complete Detroit Jazz Center Residency (Jan. 1, 1981)
1981 Ran Blake and Jaki Byard instrumental Improvisations, piano duo recording
1982 Akira Miyazawa instrumental On Green Dolphin Street
1982 Tony Rice Unit instrumental Backwaters
1984 George Shearing & Mel Tormé Mel Tormé An Evening at Charlie's
1984 Juan Luis Guerra & 4.40 (vocal and instrumental) Soplando, translated to Spanish with the title "La calle gris"
1986 Kalima instrumental Night Time Shadows
1986 Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette instrumental Standards II (DVD recorded live in Tokyo)
1987 Billy Jenkins instrumental In the Nude
1987 Harry Connick, Jr. instrumental [Harry Connick Jr.
1987 Helge Schneider instrumental The Last Jazz
1988 Plunky instrumental Tropical Chill
1989 Rosenberg Trio instrumental Seresta
1990 George Benson & The Count Basie Orchestra George Benson Big Boss Band, with arrangements by Frank Foster
1990 Clare Fischer instrumental Lembranças
1990 Joe Pass instrumental What Is There to Say (2001)
1990 Walter Norris instrumental Lush Life
1991 Chick Corea Akoustic Band instrumental Alive
1994 Jerry Bergonzi, Mike Stern, Andy LaVerne, George Mraz, Billy Hart instrumental Vertical Reality
1994 Keith Jarrett Standards Trio instrumental Keith Jarrett at the Blue Note
1994 Steps Ahead instrumental Vibe
1995 Moe Koffman instrumental Devil's Brew, with Ed Bickert
2000 Cindy Blackman instrumental Works on Canvas
2001 Cassandra Wilson instrumental soundtrack The Score
2001 Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette instrumental My Foolish Heart – Live at Montreux (2007)
2002 George Coleman, Mike Stern, Ron Carter & Jimmy Cobb instrumental Four Generations of Miles
2006 Austin Peralta instrumental Maiden Voyage
2009 Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White instrumental Forever (2011)
2012 Cory Henry instrumental Gotcha Now Doc
2014 Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band instrumental Life in the Bubble


  1. ^ "On Green Dolphin Street" at jazzstandards.com
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. p. 314. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.