Fred Astaire
Ken Burns Jazz
Anthology
Dinah Washington

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During the golden age of the American popular song (around 1915-60), several dozen very talented composers wrote a countless number of flexible songs that were adopted (and often transformed) by creative jazz musicians and singers. Often originally written for Broadway shows and Hollywood films, many of these works (generally 32 bars in length) have been performed and recorded a seemingly infinite number of times, including "Body and Soul," "Stardust," and "All the Things You Are." Such composers as Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Harry Warren, Fats Waller, and Duke Ellington supplied the jazz and pop music worlds with what must have seemed like an endless supply of gems. Called Standards (which means that they caught on as a permanent part of the jazz and pop music repertoire), the songs differ from less flexible "originals" that are often put together for a record date and then quickly forgotten. Since the rise of rock, the pop music world has been a much less fertile area for jazz players to "borrow" material from, and although many of the old standards are still performed, jazz musicians and singers have had to rely much more on original material since the 1960s.

Standards Artists Highlights

Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington
Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan
Nina Simone
Nina Simone
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra

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Standards Album Highlights

Ken Burns Jazz
Ella Fitzgerald
Ken Burns Jazz
Anthology
Nina Simone
Anthology
The Ultimate Collection
Billie Holiday
The Ultimate Collection
Sinatra: Best of the Best
Frank Sinatra
Sinatra: Best of the Best
Ken Burns Jazz
Lester Young
Ken Burns Jazz
The Wham of Sam [Warner Archives]
Sammy Davis, Jr.
The Wham of Sam [Warner ...

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Standards Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
A-Tisket, A-Tasket Ella Fitzgerald
My Baby Just Cares for Me Nina Simone
Lady Sings the Blues Billie Holiday
I've Got the World on a String Frank Sinatra
D.B. Blues Lester Young
Guys and Dolls Sammy Davis, Jr.
April in Paris Clifford Brown / Sarah Vaughan / Ernie Wilkins
Stoney End Barbra Streisand
Time and Again Stuff Smith and His Trio / Sarah Vaughan
Georgia on My Mind Mildred Bailey

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