Jazz Listening Lists

Jazz Listening Lists

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Afro-American Roots

Title Composer Artist Album Publisher
Ol' Hannah Traditional N/A Jazz, vol. 1: The South Folkways FJ 2801
Juliana Johnson Traditional N/A Jazz, vol. 1: The South Folkways FJ 2801
John Henry Traditional N/A Jazz, vol. 1: The South Folkways FJ 2801
Come On Children, Let's Sing Traditional Mahalia Jackson How I Got Over Columbia 34073
Freedom Song Traditional N/A Soul to Soul Atlantic SD 7207
Beautiful Dreamer Stephen Foster Jan DeGaetani, Leslie Guinn, and Gilbert Kalish Songs by Stephen Foster Nonesuch 71268

Ragtime

Title Composer Artist Album Publisher
Maple Leaf Rag Scott Joplin Scott Joplin Smithsonian Collection N/A
Maple Leaf Rag Scott Joplin The New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble&#44 Gunther Schuller&#44 conductor The Red Back Book Angel 36060
Maple Leaf Rag Scott Joplin Jelly Roll Morton Smithsonian Collection N/A
Grandpa's Spells Jelly Roll Morton The New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble&#44 Gunther Schuller&#44 conductor The Red Back Book Angel 36060
Grandpa's Spells Jelly Roll Morton Jello Roll Morton's Red Hot Poppers Smithsonian Collection N/A

The Blues: Early and Classic

Title Composer Artist Album Publisher
Down South Blackwell N/A Jazz&#44 vol. 1: The South Folkways FJ 2801
Hellhound on My Trail Johnson Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings Columbia C2K 46222
Countin' The Blues Rainey N/A The Blues&#44 vol. 1: A Smithsonian Collection of Classic Blues Singers Sony RD 101-1 A 23982/A 23987
(I'm a) Mighty Tight Woman Wallace N/A Women of the Blues RCA LPV-534
Lost Your Head Blues Smith N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A
Young Woman's Blues Smith Bessie Smith Nobody's Blues But Mine Columbia G 31093
St. Louis Blues Smith N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A

Early Jazz (I)

Title Composer Artist Album Publisher
Black Bottom Stomp Morton N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A
Dead Man Blues Morton N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A
King Porter Stomp Morton N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A
Dippermouth Blues Oliver N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A
Blue Horizon Bechet N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A
Cake Walking Babies from Home Red Onion Jazz Babies N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A

Early Jazz (II) - Louis Armstrong

Title Composer Artist Album Publisher
Hotter Than That N/A Armstrong Smithsonian Collection N/A
Weather Bird N/A Armstrong Smitthsonian Collection N/A
West End Blues Oliver Armstrong Smithsonian Collection N/A
Big Butter and Egg Man from the West N/A Armstrong Smithsonian Collection N/A
Potato Head Blues N/A Armstrong Smithsonian Collection N/A
Struttin' with Some Barbeque N/A Armstrong Smithsonian Collection N/A
Sweethearts on Parade N/A Armstrong Smithsonian Collection N/A
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues N/A Armstrong Smithsonian COllection N/A

Early Jazz (III)

Title Composer Artist Album Publisher
After You've Gone Eddie Lang/Joe Venuti and Their All Star Orchestra N/A The Golden Horn of Jack Teagarden MCA 227
Singin' the Blues Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A
Riverboat Shuffle Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A
Carolina Shout Johnson N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A
Honky Tonk Train Blues Lewis N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A
Four or Five Times Noone N/A Smithsonian Collection N/A

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