This page is part #1 of a jambalayah.com series which showcases jazz interpretations of "popular" songs or tunes. In the context of this page “popular” means somewhat songs or tunes from the music genres of Pop, R&B, Folk, and other non-jazz genres which are familiar or well known in the USA and elsewhere in English speaking societies.

It's my position that one way to grow a jazz audience is by making jazz more familiar to people of all ages. Most of the featured songs in this series originated outside of jazz. Your suggestions are welcomed for additional songs & artists that could be featured in this series. Contact jambalayah17@yahoo.com

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Viewers are strongly encouraged to enjoy these and other jazz & non-jazz examples of these featured songs on this website, on youtube.com, and elsewhere-including at concerts.

Listing Of Songs On This Page
Listed in the order of their posting, the featured songs on this page are:
My Favorite Things
For Once In My Life
Hush Little Baby Don’t You Cry / Sail Away Lady
Blue Moon

Order Of Presentation
The title of the featured song is posted in bold font. A "popular" example of that featured song or tune is then posted first and is followed by several jazz interpretations of that song/tune. The jazz interpretations may be posted in chronological order, with the oldest examples presented first.

Disclaimer:These postings are not meant to imply that these examples are the only non-jazz or jazz interpretations. Nor is the example given in bold font or other examples meant to be interpreted as the earliest recorded example of those songs/tunes.
Sometimes the earliest recorded example of the featured song is from the jazz genre, but usually the jazz songs/tunes presented on this page are re-interpretations of a non-jazz originated song or tune.

Note: Certain videos featured on this page may also be found in the Jazz section of Jambalayah.com along with their uploader's comments and an edited viewer comment thread.


My Favorite Things

Julie Andrews-"My Favorite Things "(From the movie “The Sound Of Music”)

beth8896 | November 23, 2009

John Coltrane- "My Favorite Things"

DrThiMarques May 09, 2008

Bobby McFerrin - "My Favorite Things"



Harolyn Blackwell; The London Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle
The Glyndebourne Chorus -"Summertime"

amadeusvideolog | July 18, 2009

Charlie Parker - "Summertime"

seann588 | October 27, 2007


Billie Holiday - "Summertime"

jhozae | August 18, 2006

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - "Summertime"

Praguedive | August 23, 2009

Miles Davis -Summertime (1958)

rovingeye2 | August 14, 2008

For Once In My Life

Stevie Wonder-"For Once In My Life"

almacarioca | August 15, 2007

Ella Fitzgerald - For Once In My Life (Live in Berlin 1968)

Uploaded by 2judge on Nov 10, 2009

Nancy Wilson - For Once In My Life

Uploaded by jazzysclassicjazz2 on Feb 27, 2011

1968 album Welcome to My Love

Hush Little Baby Don’t You Cry / Sail Away Lady
These two songs are often performed together because the song "Sail Away Ladies" sometimes includes a verse that begins with the words "Hush Little Baby Don't You Cry".

Disney's The Rescuers Hush, little baby

shininangel20 | April 05, 2009

Yo Yo Ma & Bobby McFerrin - "Hush Little Baby"

mejillahyde | May 23, 2008

Uncle Dave Macon-"Sail Away Ladies"

BBYMRLCCOTN | December 08, 2009

Odetta- "Sail Away Lady"

MarciaFrazaolua | April 21, 2010 /From "Living with the blues"

Bethany & Rufus - "Sail Away Ladies" (Spirit of Woodstock)

Bethany Yarrow, Rufus Cappadocia with Mady Kouyate (kora) Bonga Jean-Baptiste (percussion) and Sheila Anozier (dance)

Posted by bethania1975/ February 12, 2008

Blue Moon

Barbra Streisand - "Moon River"

malmaquia | July 21, 2007


Henry Mancini - "Moon River"

monre1949 | December 24, 2008

Louis Armstrong - "Moon River"

pandora0q | January 05, 2009

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Blue Moon

kakisno1 | February 13, 2010
Art Blakey (drums);
Cedar Walton (piano);
Curtis Fuller (trombone);
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet);
Jymie Merritt (bass);
Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)

Aretha Franklin - "Moon River" (JAZZY version)

yaskam | October 19, 2008


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