This evening, I posed the following question (to be answered one at a time) to the members of my college combo class: What is the one tune in the Real Book that you think everyone in the room absolutely has to know? (We then played the tune after someone gave his/her answer.) I thought it would be cool to ask that same question of the jazz-inclined readers of this blog.
The tune doesn't necessarily have to be a personal favorite per se, but rather a tune that you feel is essential for any gigging musican to know; I'm asking them for their "desert island tune"--i.e. their favorite from the Real Book--in a few weeks,
This combo is a 13-tet, so not everyone's tune got to be declared or played tonight, but I'll post their responses after next week's rehearsal.
(Cross-posted at The Green Room and my music MySpace)
The king can swing: This past Monday was not only Chick Corea's birthday, but it was another noted jazz anniversary as well: The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, celebrated sixty years on the throne on that day. If you're wondering about the connection, well...the king is a serious jazzer who plays the saxophone and has jammed with the likes of Benny Goodman, Stan Getz and Lionel Hampton. He's also written nearly fifty compositions, one of which was played by the One O'Clock Lab Banda few years ago (they also got to jam with him on their Thailand trip that year).