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Jazz standards for diatonic harmonica 1 year 8 months ago #5163

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Does anybody know of any jazz standard that can be played on the diatonic without having to use overblow techniques? Where should I start if I want to get more into jazz with the diatonic?

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Jazz standards for diatonic harmonica 1 year 8 months ago #5164

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Summertime is a good one. In fourth position it only has one bent note in the low octave and none in the upper.
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Jazz standards for diatonic harmonica 1 year 8 months ago #5167

I would like to spend some time with Jazz as well, mainly because there is lots of material covering jazz improvisation. I hope to apply some of that theory to the harp.

One song I have messed around with is Moondance (Van Morrison). I will let you know when I have it figured out. ;)
The piano and flute solos might be difficult, but I think the sax might be do-able on the (diatonic) harp.

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Jazz standards for diatonic harmonica 1 year 8 months ago #5169

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PT Gazell uses a valved diatonic and says he doesn't need to over blow/ over draw using his Gazell method harmonica. Check out some of his videos.
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Jazz standards for diatonic harmonica 1 year 8 months ago #5182

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I have a play along book from Hal Leonard which only seems to require normal bends and blow bends.

It's vol 15, 'Jazz Classics'.

www.halleonard.com/search/search.action?_c&seriesfeature=HRMPLA

I've not given it as much time effort as I should, but dip into it every now and again. It has Miles Davis's All Blues which is one hell of a classic.

Andy

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Jazz standards for diatonic harmonica 1 year 8 months ago #5215

Charlie McCoy has a nice version of "One O'clock Jump" by Count Basie that I like to play along with.
Fun song... just kind of need a nice big band to go along with it.. ( love swing music)
I couldn't find it on u tube but it's a nice version.

Saints go Marching in ...has a long jazz history to it as well...kind of like a jazz spiritual mix even
St Louis Blues was intended as a blues jazz transition from what I read and it has a nice feel to it.
Love the song.... play it often...

(I'm not an over draw over bend guy...just the reg bends and stuff like that)
good luck

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