"Is it worth learning jazz standards? Absolutely! For at least two reasons. First, because playing them is the best jazz school. They provide us with material for practising extemporisation, help us to hone our musical skills and teach us the history of jazz. Secondly, they enable us to express ourselves freely during jam sessions.
A jam session is a situation on stage during which musicians who don’t normally play together per-form a randomly selected work. Imagine the scene: you find yourself on stage with other musicians and someone calls out: ‘So what shall we play? Sweet Georgia Brown?’ And if you don’t know that work, it’s stressful and embarrassing. So it’s not only worth it – it’s essential to know the standards when embarking on your adventure in jazz.
One of those obligatory pieces is Sweet Georgia Brown. This work was written as a song in 1925 by Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (lyrics). During the 20s, its performers included the vocalist and actress Ethel Waters, nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in the film Pinky. With time, it became one of the most frequently played jazz standards in an instrumental version".
- ISMN 979-0-2740-1860-3
- Language of edition: eng, pol
- Cover: softcover
- No. of edition: 1
- Published: 2017