Over the years there have been quite a few different jazz songs released into the world, by a number of different artists. Jazz is an amazing genre of music, and no matter whether you are an avid listener of jazz or not, you can probably still appreciate the beauty of the music.
There are a number of artists and their songs that have been able to stand the test of time. So, if you are a newcomer to listening to jazz, or you are a seasoned jazz listener, the songs in this article a worth a listen too. There are so many different jazz songs to choose from, and it was certainly difficult to narrow them down.
But, make sure you have a read on below for more information about awesome jazz songs that are worth having a listen to:
Body & Soul by Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
Part of Tony Bennett’s Duets II album to celebrate his 85th birthday, Body & Soul is one of the great jazz songs that is worth listening to. Pretty much everything that Amy Winehouse touched turned to gold, and this tune was certainly no exception. Body & Soul was also covered by other artists like Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan.
Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday
This song received praise far and wide; it was even inducted to Grammy Hall of Fame back in 1978. Strange Fruit covers issues that are still so prevalent today, like racism. Billie Holiday’s voice makes this song truly unforgettable and has even been covered by other artists like Robert Wyatt and Annie Lennox.
Minnie The Moocher by Cab Calloway
You simply cannot go wrong with Minnie The Moocher, it was released back in the early 1930s and sold over one million copies. You might have heard this tune from the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers, where Cab Calloway performs it. This song is fun and will certainly get you up on your feet.
So What by Miles Davis
Over the years Miles Davis has released a lot of work, while a lot of it is amazing, many believe his greatest to be his album Kind of Blue and it includes the single So What. All the different components of this song work together so beautifully and it is worth having another listen to if you haven’t listened to this track in a while.
My Queen is Harriet Tubman by Sons of Kemet
One of the fresh new jazz bands that are making waves in this genre. The band was even nominated in 2018 for a Mercury Prize. If you are looking for contemporary jazz, then you can’t go past Sons of Kemet or their track My Queen is Harriet Tubman. The band is able to incorporate a number of different genres into their music, which is one of the reasons they are so exciting.
Night in Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie
Looking for a track that sets the standard of what jazz is? Then look no further than Dizzy Gillespie’s Night in Tunisia. This track became one of Dizzy Gillespie’s most popular and recognisable hits. There were even a number of different artists that created their own version of the song, but like a lot of things in life, nothing can beat the original.
Miles Runs the Voodoo Down by Miles Davis
Another Miles Davis song on this list, and for good reason too, it was a combination of a number of different genres and it all seemed to work so well. The album, Bitches Brew, become one of the most loved pieces of work by the great Miles Davis.