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Well I've taken an interest in jazz and have been working on it with my private lessons teacher. He's says I'm a natural and we are currently working on Anthropology by Charlie Parker. But I'm wondering, what are some fun and good sounding jazz songs that I can easily get for FREE on the internet. I play alto sax.
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There are so many it is impossible to know where to start.

Antonio Carlos Jobim has written some lovely interesting melodies
that are nice to play on sax.

Thumb through a Real Book for ideas.

Get a Jamey Aebersold CD of standards.

My experience of music on the internet is that often if it is free,
then it is also usually inaccurate.

It is a good idea to learn tunes by ear, but that can be difficult
if you do not know how the tune goes to begin with. However
there is a ton of material on Youtube that you can listen to and
try to learn by ear.
 

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Here are some of my personal favorites

"Satin Doll" by Duke Ellington
"Take the A Train" by Duke Ellington
"Autumn Leaves" by Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderly
"Moanin" by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

These are just reccommendations to learn, I don't know where to get music for them
 

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+1 on the Jamey Aebersold books. For $15 you can have a great rhythm section to practice with and the correct melody and chord changes.

Also, big +1 on learning the tunes by ear and getting together with a live rhythm section to jam....
 

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the tunes like anthropology and other bebop tunes were written over chord ganges from songs of the american songbook. These tunes are real easy to play by ear.
 

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the tunes like anthropology and other bebop tunes were written over chord ganges from songs of the american songbook. These tunes are real easy to play by ear.
I remember when I was just starting out, I found such tunes very difficult to play by ear, however if the OP is a natural as mentioned, then maybe you have a point and it should be a bit easier.
 

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Thanks I have improved so much more now and have found many new things to play. As suggested I tried learning things by ear and it was pretty easy!
 

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Don't forget the blues. A big part of jazz. Since you mentioned Charlie Parker check out: Now's the Time, Billie's Bounce, KC Blues, Au Privave, Back Home Blues, Mohawk, Cheryl, Relaxin' at Camarillo, Perhaps, Buzzy, Si Si, Blues For Alice, Bloomdido, etc., etc.
 

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