Workshop Songs

 At theYosemite Jazz Workshop the guitar players are divided into 3 groups.  The groups or teams will be determined by playing, reading and Improvisation ability as well as past workshop participation.  Each level will have 3 songs to work on as explained below.   You will be working on one song each day, Monday – Wednesday, in the classes and playing them that night at the Live Playing Workshop. On Thursday you will break into performance groups to woodshed a tune or two and rehearse for the concert that night.

The songs may help decide the team you are in. Choose the tunes that you feel are within your skill level, ones that you will be comfortable playing at the workshop.  Level C is the simplest songs of the 3 groups.  However, as you know, even the simplest of songs can be complex depending on the musical ideas that we will explore.  If you’re not sure which team you should be on and which songs to learn, talk to Rich or Todd for some advice. (559-642-2597)  

The songs are listed by teams below with one song overlapping into the upper team for those who want to play up or down a team on a song. Some of the songs for each team have lessons available at  and The links to the lessons are next to the song title below.

SONGS for 2017  
Charts for workshop songs can be downloaded at

Team A, Advanced--Songs are more intense to challenge those who are more advanced players, already possessing a good grasp of improv to be more creative with their skill and knowledge. A Team players should also have good command of the songs for Teams B & C.

1.  The Days of Wine and Roses 
2.  On Green Dolphin Street 
3.  When Sunny Gets Blue

Team B, Experienced --Songs may push you slightly out of your comfort zone.  Level B players should also be able to play the songs for the C Team confidently.

1.  When Sunny Gets Blue
2.  Stolen Moments   
3.  Lady Bird

Team C, Intermediate –Songs are the simpler but not necessarily easy.  We’ll break them down and study them intensely to learn valuable jazz concepts that can apply to other tunes.

1.  Lady Bird   
2.  Samba De Orfeu
3.  Don’t Get Around Much Anymore  

Please be sure you are familiar with the songs. Work to memorize the songs in your group if possible, both chords and melody.  Listen to a variety of recordings and different arrangements; YouTube is a good free source. It is to your advantage to come to the workshop prepared. The better you can already play a song the deeper we can dig into it as a group. 

Charts for workshop songs can be downloaded at


Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Blues in Db)
Stella by Starlight
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Beautiful Love 
Tenor Madness (Blues in Bb)
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me



How High the Moon 

Night in Tunisia 

Have you Met Miss Jones 

Pent Up House 


Summer Samba


Autumn Leaves 


Cookin’ Bb Byrd Blues

Girl from Ipanema

I Love You

Killer Joe

You and the Night and the Music


A Day in the Life of a Fool

Au Privav

Bb Blues

F Blues  Straight No Chaser

My Romance

Relaxin’ in Camarillo


Take the A Train

West Coast Blues


Beautiful Love

Night and  Day

Out of Nowhere

Road Song

There’s No Greater Love

Up Jumped Spring



Here’s That Rainy Day


Just Friends

Little Boat

One Note Samba



All the Things You Are

Autumn Leaves

Bebop in Bb

Blue Bossa

C minor Blues


One Note Samba

Rhythm Changes


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