For our April jams we’ll be learning Billie’s Bounce and How High The Moon. Before we get into specifics I have to recommend this article and site for all kinds of jazz advice including learning tunes.

Billie’s Bounce is an F blues by Charlie Parker. Check out this excellent article for an in-depth interpretation of the Charlie Parker’s solo on this tune, and his tendencies over a blues. Here’s the tune:

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Here are the changes to How High The Moon. This song uses a common progression in which the tonic of the moment turns minor to become the ii7 of the chord a whole step below it. Although many musicians recorded How High The Moon we’re going to stick with Charlie Parker. Here he is:

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