Must Know Standards 

Interestingly, this list varies from city to city.  As jazz scene's are created, the local players 'settle' usually 'settle' in to a repertoire of standards.  I think though, it is safe to say you MUST know a core of 'standard' standards.  These are tunes you just simply must know.  They are played throughout the world and it is your responsibility to know them.  There have been some fantastic recordings of all of these standards and I urge you to check them out and learn them from the record if possible. Be careful with real/fake books, as good as some of them are, they are not always correct.  Lifting the melody or chords from your favorite version is a much better way of doing it!


A Fine Romance

A Foggy Day

A Night in Tunisia All of Me

All of You

All the Things You Are

Alone Together

Anything But Love

April in Paris

Autumn Leaves

Begin The Beguine

Billie's Bounce

Blue Bossa

Body and Soul


Dolphin Dance


Falling Grace



Freddie Freeloader

Giant Steps

Green Eyes

How Deep Is The Ocean

How High The Moon

I Got Rhythm

I Hear a Rhapsody

I Only Have Eyes for You

I'll Remember April

I'm In The Mood For Love


I've Got You Under My Skin

Just Friends

Mack The Knife

Maiden Voyage


Moments Notice

My Funny Valentine

My Romance

Nica's Dream

Night and Day


On A Slow Boat To China

On Green Dolphin Street

One Note Samba

Our Love is Here to Stay

Pennies from Heaven

Round Midnight

Route 66

Satin Doll


Someday My Prince Will Come

Someone To Watch Over Me


Stella By Starlight

Straight no Chaser


Take The A Train

The Girl From Ipanema

The Way You Look Tonight

They Can't Take that Away from Me

Well You Needn't

When Lights Are Low


You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To