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Jazz Standards From The 1930′s

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The 1930's were years marked by worldwide suffering caused by the great depression. About two months before the clock struck midnight on January 1, 1930, black Thursday happened. The great Wall Street crash of '29 ushered in an economic depression that would last most of the decade and the Dow Jones Industrial Average would not return to it's pre-crash levels for 25 years.

The 30's were a time of pain and hardship and a period that would see nations march into yet another world war. However, one of the cultural benefits was the amount of great music produced in the 10 years between 1929 and 1940. Music experienced a boom during the 1930's, in part, because musicians could draw on the creative energy created by hard times and partly because audiences were hungry to escape the dim realities of life. This energy between artist and audience sparked a creative explosion that gave us some of the most memorable songs ever written.

This playlist contains 95 of these classic standards as performed by a diverse cross-section of jazz artists that span the last 75 years. From early jazz pioneers like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, to golden age legends like Coltrane and Monk, to classic crooners like Sinatra, Bennett and Mel Torme, to modern day torch singers like Norah Jones and Diana Krall. This 6+ hour playlist provides an excellent overview of not only the music of the 1930's, but a glimpse into how these timeless tracks have been interpreted over the years.

The Playlist: Jazz Standards From The 1930's:

1. My Funny Valentine" - Ella Fitzgerald - Composed By: Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers - ©1937
2. "It's Easy To Remember" - John Coltrane Quartet - Composed By: Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers - ©1934
3. "All the Things You Are" - Dave Brubeck - Composed by: Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern - ©1939
4. "The Way You Look Tonight" - Art Pepper - Composed by: Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern - ©1936
5. "Body And Soul" - Coleman Hawkins - Composed by: Heyman, Sour, Eyton and Green - ©1930
6. "In The Mood" - Glenn Miller - Composed by: Joe Garland - ©1939
7. "I've Got You Under My Skin" - Oscar Peterson - Composed by: Cole Porter - ©1936
8. "Georgia On My Mind" - Hoagy Carmichael - Composed by: Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy Carmichael - ©1930 
9. "Caravan" - Johnny Hodges - Composed by: Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, and Juan Tizol - ©1937    
10. "My Romance" - Cal Tjader - Composed by: Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers - ©1935
11. "Don't Blame Me" - Thelonious Monk - Composed by: Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh - ©1932 
12. "The Lady Is A Tramp" - Frank Sinatra - Composed by: Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers - ©1937 
13. "In A Sentimental Mood"  - Django Reinhardt - Composed by: Irving Mills, Duke Ellington, and Manny Kurtz - ©1935 
14. "Mood Indigo" - Tony Bennett - Composed by: Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, and Albany Bigard - ©1931 
15. "There's A Small Hotel" - Stan Getz - Composed by: Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers - ©1936    
16. "The Nearness Of You" - Norah Jones - Composed by: Ned Washington and Hoagy Carmichael - ©1937 
17. "Cheek To Cheek" - Tommy Dorsey - Composed by: Irving Berlin - ©1935  
18. "April In Paris" - Charlie Parker - Composed by: E.Y. Harburg and Vernon Duke - ©1932 
19. "Isn't It Romantic" - Toots Thielemans - Composed by: Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers - ©1932 
20.  "Where Or When" - Ray Conniff - Composed by: Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers - ©1937
21. "Honeysuckle Rose" - Count Basie - Composed by: Andy Razaf and Thomas "Fats" Waller - ©1930
22. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" - Artie Shaw - Composed by: Otto Harbach and Jerome Kern - ©1933
23. "I'll Be Seeing You" - Sarah Vaughan - Composed by: Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain - ©1938
24. "How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky)" - Diana Krall - Composed by: Irving Berlin - ©1932
25. "September Song" -Jimmy Smith - Composed by: Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill - ©1938
26. "Falling In Love With Love" - Cannonball Adderley - Composed by: Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers
27. "Moonglow" - Lionel Hampton - Composed by: Will Hudson, Eddie DeLange, and Irving Mills - ©1934
28. "In The Still Of The Night" - Rosemary Clooney - Composed by: Cole Porter - ©1937
29. "Yesterdays" - Hampton Hawes - Composed by: Otto Harbach and Jerome Kern - ©1933
30. "This Can't Be Love" - Shirley Horn - Composed by: Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers - ©1938
31. "It's Only A Paper Moon" - Miles Davis - Composed by: Billy Rose, E.Y. Harburg, and Harold Arlen - ©1933
32. "I've Got The World On A String" - Louis Armstrong - Composed by: Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen - ©1932
33. "Sunny Side Of The Street" - Harry Connick, Jr. - Composed by: Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh - ©1930
34. "The Glory Of Love" - Nina Simone - Composed by: Billy Hill - From: Guess Who's Coming To Dinner - ©1936
35. "Lazy River" - The Mills Brothers - Composed by: Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin - ©1931 
36. "I Can't Get Started With You" - Dinah Washington - Composed by: Ira Gershwin and Vernon Duke - ©1935 
37. "Thanks For The Memory" - Rod Stewart - Composed by: Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger - ©1937
38. "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" - Dean Martin - Composed by: Irving Berlin - ©1936
39. "Autumn In New York" - Kenny Dorham - Composed by: Vernon Duke - ©1934
40. "The Song Is You" - Grant Green - Composed by: Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern - ©1932
41. "A Fine Romance" - Billie Holiday - Composed by: Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern - ©1936
42. "Puttin' On The Ritz" - Judy Garland - Composed by: Irving Berlin - ©1928
43. "Pennies From Heaven" - Ben Webster - Composed by: John Burke and Arthur Johnston - ©1936
44. "Easter Parade" - Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band - Composed by: Irving Berlin - ©1933
45. "Stormy Weather" - Keely Smith - Composed by: Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen - ©1933
46. "It's De-Lovely" - Vince Guaraldi - Composed by: Cole Porter - ©1936
47. "Very Thought Of You, The" - Doris Day With Harry James & His Orchestra - Composed by: Ray Noble - ©1934
48. "I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart" - Marian McPartland - Composed by: Duke Ellington, Henry Nemo, John Redmond, and Irving Mills - ©1938   
49. "My Heart Belongs To Daddy" - Julie London - Composed by: Cole Porter - ©1938 
50. "Rockin' Chair" - Hoagy Carmichael - Composed by: Hoagy Carmichael - ©1929
51. "Easy To Love" - Don Fagerquist - Composed by: Cole Porter - ©1936
52. "I Won't Dance" - Anita O'Day - Composed by: McHugh, Fields, Kern, and Hammerstein - ©1934
53. "I'll Never Smile Again" - The Ink Spots - Composed by: Ruth Lowe - ©1939
54. "There Is No Greater Love" - Chet Baker - Composed by: Marty Symes and Isham Jones - ©1936
55. "Let's Face The Music And Dance" - Sheila Jordan - Composed by: Irving Berlin - ©1935
56. "My Old Flame" - Spike Jones - Composed by: Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow - ©1934
57. "Just One More Chance" - Coleman Hawkins - Composed by: Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnston - ©1931
58. "Out Of Nowhere" - Sonny Stitt - Composed by: Edward Heyman and Johnny Green - ©1931
59. "Two Sleepy People" - Earl "Fatha" Hines & His Band - Composed by: Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael - ©1938
60. "The Folks Who Live On The Hill" - George Shearing - Composed by: Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern - ©1937
61. "You Are My Sunshine" - Southern Jazz - Composed by: Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell - ©1930
62. "Cherokee" - Bud Powell - Composed by: Ray Noble - ©1938
63. "Change Partners" - Fred Astaire - Composed by: Irving Berlin - ©1937
64. "June In January" - Camarata & His Orchestra & Chorus - Composed by: Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger - ©1934
65. "You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me" - Kenny Ball - Composed by: Fain, Kahal, and Norman - ©1930
66. "Just A Gigolo" - Thelonious Monk - Composed by: Julius Brammer, Irving Caesar, and Leonello Casucci - ©1930
67. "Harbor Lights" - Guy Lombardo - Composed by: Jimmy Kennedy and Hugh Williams - ©1937
68. "Undecided" - Natalie Cole - Composed by: Sid Robin and Charles Shavers - ©1939  
69. "Easy Living" - Paul Desmond - Composed by: Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger - ©1937   
70. "Ten Cents A Dance" - Dave Pell - Composed by: Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers - ©1930   
71. "My Silent Love" - Spike Robinson - Composed by: Edward Heyman and Dana Suesse - ©1932
72. "Love Is Just Around the Corner" - Earl Hines - Composed by: Leo Robin and Lewis E. Gensler - ©1934
73. "Cocktails For Two" - Betty Carter - Composed by: Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow - ©1934  
74. "My Baby Just Cares For Me" - John Pizzarelli - Composed by: Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson - ©1930
75. "I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket" - Carmen McRae - Composed by: Irving Berlin - ©1936
76. "(I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance" - Zoot Sims - Composed by: Bing Crosby, Ned Washington, and Victor Young - ©1932
77. "Poinciana" - Ahmad Jamal - Composed by: Buddy Bernier and Nat Simon - ©1936   
78. "Say It Isn't So" - Hank Crawford - Composed by: Irving Berlin - ©1932
79. "It's The Talk Of The Town" - Flip Phillips - Composed by: Marty Symes, Al Neiburg, and Herry Livingston - ©1933
80. "East Of The Sun" - David Hazeltine - Composed by: Brooks Bowman - ©1934
81. "Little White Lies" - Johnny Guarnieri - Composed by: Walter Donaldson - ©1930    
82. "What's New" - World's Greatest Jazz Band - Composed by: Johnny Burke and Bob Haggart - ©1939    
83. "Lovely To Look At" - Lucky Thompson - Composed by: Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, and Jerome Kern - ©1935
84. "Small Fry" - Hoagy Carmichael - Composed by: Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael - ©1938
85. "Soft Lights And Sweet Music" - Red Garland - Composed by: Irving Berlin - ©1931 
86. "Heartaches" - Dexter Gordon - Composed by: John Klenner and Al Hoffman - ©1931
87. "The Lady's In Love With You" - Pee Wee Russell - Composed by: Frank Loesser and Burton Lane - ©1939  
88. "Beyond The Blue Horizon" - Jeanette MacDonald - Composed by: Robin, Whiting, and Harling - ©1930
89. "I Can Dream, Can't I?" - The Andrews Sisters - Composed by: Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain - ©1937
90. "I Like The Likes Of You" - André Previn - Composed by: E.Y. Harburg and Vernon Duke - ©1933 
91. "Love In Bloom" - Gracie Fields  - Composed by: Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger - ©1934
92. "Falling In Love Again (Can't Help It)" - Marlene Dietrich - Composed by: Sammy Lerner and Frederick Hollander - ©1930
93. "It's A Big Wide Wonderful World" - Buddy Clark - Composed by: John Rox - ©1939
94. "I Found A Million Dollar Baby" - Dizzy Gillespie - Composed by: Billy Rose, Mort Dixon, and Harry Warren - ©1931
95. "Sing You Sinners" - Mel Tormé  - Composed by: Sam Coslow and W. Franke Harling - ©1930

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