An Index of Harmonic Progressions
 
This is a collection of facsimile transcriptions - that which was usually played from chorus to chorus - to the chord changes of a few favorite standard tunes from favorite recordings.

As most musicians with any kind of performance experience can attest, the harmonic structures of most of the standard repertoire can be quite different from the harmonies published in fake books and original scores or even as performed from one band to the next. The challenge then is to find a set of chord changes best suits the taste of the performer. The files here scratch that surface. 

Most of the recordings listed here are available from iTunes.


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TitleComposerPremier InterpreterSourceKeyPDF
All of You Cole Porter  Silk Stockings, 1954 Bill Evans  Eloquence. 1974 view 
All The Things You Are Jerome Kern  Very Warm for May, 1939 Paul Motian  On Broadway, vol 2; 1989 A flat view 
Angel Eyes Matt Dennis 1953 Tommy Flanagan Master Trio; 1983 A minor view 
Beautiful Love Victor Young  1931 Bill Evans You're Gonna Hear from Me, 1969 D minor view 
But Beautiful Jimmy Van Heusen Road to Rio, 1947 Bill Evans Eloquence, 1974 D flat view 
But Not for Me George Gershwin Girl Crazy, 1930 Miles Davis Bags' Groove, 1954 E flat view 
Bye Bye Blackbird Ray Henderson  1926 Keith Jarrett At The Deer Head Inn; 1992 view 
Georgia on My Mind Hoagy Carmichael  1930 Oscar Peterson Night Train, 1962 A flat view 
I'll Take Romance Ben Oakland 1937 Marian McPartland Piano Jazz (w/ Rosemary Clooney), 1991 A flat view 
I'm Old Fashioned  Jerome Kern You Were Never Lovelier, 1942 Paul Desmond Pure Desmond, 1974 view 
Invitation Bronislau Kaper Invitation, 1952 Bill Evans Eloquence, 1974  view 
I Thought About You Jimmy Van Heusen 1939 Miles Davis Someday My Prince Will Come, 1961 view 
My Foolish Heart Victor Young My Foolish Heart, 1949 Bill Evans Waltz for Debbie, 1961 view 
My One and Only Love Guy Wood 1952 Chick Corea Akoustic Band, 1989 E flat view 
On Green Dolphin Street Bronislau Kaper Green Dolphin Street, 1947 Miles Davis 58 Sessions, 1958 E flat view 
Skylark Hoagy Carmichael 1941 Keith Jarrett At the Blue Note, 1994 E flat view 
Someday My Prince Will Come Frank Churchill 1937 Chick Corea Akoustic Band, 1989 B flat view 
Speak Low Kurt Weil One Touch of Venus, 1943 Joe Pass Eximious, 1982 view 
Spring is Here Richard Rodgers 1928 Richie Beirach Elegy for Bill Evans, 1981 A flat view 
Stardust Hoagy Carmichael 1927 Nat Cole Love is the Thing, 1957 (arr. by Gordon Jenkins) view 
Sweet Lorraine Cliff Burwell 1928 Nat Cole After Midnight, 1956 view 
The Nearness of You Hoagy Carmichael 1938 Red Garland Red Alone, 1960 view 
The Touch of Your Lips Ray Noble 1936 Bill Evans At the Montreux Jazz Festival, 1968 view 
The Way You Look Tonight Ray Noble 1936 Jim Hall Live!, 1975 view 
This Nearly Was Mine Richard Rodgers 1949 Chick Corea Expressions, 1994 E flat view 
Violets for Your Furs Matt Dennis 1941 Nat Adderley Work Song, 1960 view 
What's New Bob Haggart 1939 Wes Montgomery Smokin' at the Half Note, 1965 view 
While My Lady Sleeps Bronislau Kaper Chocolate Soldier, 1941 Chet Baker Embraceable You, 1957 view 
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To Cole Porter Something To Shout About, 1942 Jim Hall Concierto, 1975 G minor view 
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