Solomon Douglas

Recommended songs


Here are some of the songs that I like to use when I'm teaching Lindy Hop to beginners. These are all slow tempos, suitable for working on the swingout.

titleartistBPMtimedatealbum artistalbumtrack
1.Hazel's HipsOscar Brown, Jr.0942:446/20/1960Oscar Brown, Jr.Sin & Soul ...And Then Some14
2.Blues for Big ScotiaOscar Peterson (with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen)0942:111/27/1960Oscar PetersonLive At CBC Studios, 19602
3.Things Ain't What They Used to BeOscar Peterson (with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen)0963:071959Oscar PetersonPlays the Duke Ellington Song Book20
4.Minnie The MoocherCab Calloway0983:161942Cab CallowayAre You Hep To The Jive?20
5.Alone on My OwnErnestine Anderson with Red Holloway, Gene Harris, Ray Brown, Gerryck King0993:221984Ernestine AndersonWhen the Sun Goes Down7
6.Dejection BluesThe Gene Harris All Star Big Band0995:021988Gene HarrisTribute to Count Basie9
7.Satin DollElla Fitzgerald (with Ben Webster, Stuff Smith, Paul Smith, Barney Kessel, Joe Mondragon, and Alvin Stoller)1003:299/4/1956Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, disc 117
8.Blues for Big ScotiaOscar Peterson (with Ernie Wilkins' Orchestra)1015:546/15/1962Oscar PetersonUltimate Oscar Peterson6
9.The ComebackCount Basie and Joe Williams1025:261955Count BasieCount Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings2
10.The Frim Fram SauceElla Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (with Bob Haggart)1023:141946Ella FitzgeraldElla & Friends (also "the Legendary Decca Recordings, disc 2")1
11.Then the Lights Go OutJimmy Witherspoon (vocal), Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp), Teddy Edwards (ts), Jimmy Allen (ts), Henry McDode (p), Herman Mitchell (g), Jimmy Hamilton (b), Jimmy Miller (d)1023:005/16/1958Jimmy WitherspoonSingin' The Blues3
12.Meet Me With Your Black Drawers OnJeannie and Jimmy Cheatham1037:291984Jeannie and Jimmy CheathamSweet Baby Blues8
13.Bags' GrooveOscar Peterson1045:431962Oscar PetersonNight Train4
14.In a Mellow ToneElla Fitzgerald (with Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Alvin Stoller)1055:1110/17/1957Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, disc 29
15.CenterpieceLambert, Hendricks, and Ross (with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Gildo Mahones, Ike Isaacs, and Walter Bolden)1052:298/6/1959Various ArtistsThe Hottest New Group In Jazz - disc 16
16.Teach Me TonightBlossom Dearie1072:411958Blossom DearieOnce Upon a Summertime7
17.Joogie BoogieDizzy Gillespie1074:141957Dizzy GillespieBirks Works: The Verve Big-Band Sessions, disc 220
18.But She's My Buddy's ChickNat King Cole1073:04Nat King ColeThe King Swings6
19.Confessin' the BluesCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)1082:48Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 13
20.I'd Do AnythingLena Horne1082:511955Lena HorneThe Classic Lena Horne6
21.Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Never No Lament)Duke Ellington1093:191969Various ArtistsBig Bands in Hi-Fi, Vol 1 - Let's Dance, disc 218
22.Happy-Go-Lucky LocalLincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis1106:571998Lincoln Center Jazz OrchestraLive in Swing City - Swingin' with the Duke1
23.Easy Does ItOscar Peterson1102:451962Oscar PetersonNight Train6
24.Everything But YouElla Fitzgerald (with Duke Ellington)1112:576/25/1957Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, disc 215
25.Lean BabyBilly May1123:168/22/1951Various ArtistsOscillatin' Rhythm10
26.Blues BackstageCount Basie1124:361954Count BasieCompact Jazz (or The Jazz Essentials)4
27.The DeaconCount Basie1125:525/31/1959Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 11
28.I'm Beginning to See the LightElla Fitzgerald and Count Basie1124:071963Ella FitzgeraldElla and Basie!8
29.As Long as I LiveElla Fitzgerald with the Marty Paich Dek-Tette1122:481958Ella Fitzgerald with the Marty Paich Dek-TetteElla Swings Lightly5
30.A Wink and a SmileHarry Connick Jr.1132:47Various ArtistsSleepless in Seattle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack8
31.Lullaby of the LeavesMary Stallings1134:411996Mary StallingsManhattan Moods5
32.Petootie PieElla Fitzgerald with Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five1142:381945Ella FitzgeraldElla & Friends (also "the Legendary Decca Recordings, disc 2")10
33.Sleepwalker's SerenadeCount Basie1153:381957Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 116
34.Love Me or Leave MeLes Brown (Jo An Greer, vocal)1152:181957Les Brown22 Original Big-Band Recordings9
35.Dat DereOscar Brown, Jr.1152:5210/14/1960Oscar Brown, Jr.Sin & Soul ...And Then Some8
36.Cherry PointCount Basie1164:258/11/1962Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 614
37.Frim Fram SauceDiana Krall (with Russell Malone - guitar, Paul Keller - bass)1165:001995Diana KrallAll For You - A dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio4
38.Knock Me a KissLouis Jordan1162:471941Louis JordanLouis Jordan 1941-19432
39.OctoroonArtie Shaw1173:015/17/1968Various ArtistsBig Bands in Hi-Fi, Vol 1 - Let's Dance, disc 26
40.Moten SwingCount Basie1175:356/28/1961Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 414
41.SplankyCount Basie1173:558/12/1962Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 713
42.Every Day I Have the BluesCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)1174:43Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 410
43.Blues for Piney BrownHarry "Sweets" Edison (with Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, Alvin Stoller)1177:401957Ben WebsterThe Soul of Ben Webster (disc 1)9
44.DisappointedJames Moody (as/ts), Dave Burns (t), William Shepherd (tb), Numa "Pee Wee" Moore (bari), Jimmy Boyd (p), John Lathan (b), Clarence Johnson (d), Eddie Jefferson (vocal)1176:241955James MoodyHi Fi Party3
45.The Late, Late Show (vocal version)Count Basie1183:031957Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 113
46.You're Getting to Be a Habit with MeDiana Krall (with Russell Malone and Christian McBride)1182:141997Diana KrallLove Scenes8
47.Popsicle ToesDiana Krall (with Russell Malone, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton)1184:281999Diana KrallWhen I Look in Your Eyes5
48.'Deed I DoElla Fitzgerald and Count Basie1182:441963Ella FitzgeraldElla and Basie!2
49.Moanin'Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross (with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Gildo Mahones, Ike Isaacs, and Walter Bolden)1182:378/6/1959Various ArtistsThe Hottest New Group In Jazz - disc 12
50.I Don't Know Enough About YouDiana Krall (with Russell Malone and Christian McBride)1194:021997Diana KrallLove Scenes3
51.Drop Me Off In HarlemElla Fitzgerald (with Duke Ellington)1193:516/25/1957Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, disc 12
52.Could JaGeorge Shearing Trio1193:271995George Shearing TrioPaper Moon13
53.If I Could Be With You One Hour TonightCootie Williams1202:401958Cootie Williamsin Hi-Fi8
54.Blues For BasieOscar Peterson (p), Herb Ellis (g), Ray Brown (b), Buddy Rich (d)1203:3212/27/1955Oscar PetersonPlays Count Basie5
55.I Love Being Here with YouErnestine Anderson with Red Holloway, Gene Harris, Ray Brown, Gerryck King1215:031984Ernestine AndersonWhen the Sun Goes Down4
56.Teddy the ToadCount Basie1233:191957Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 112
57.Don't Get Around Much AnymoreGene Harris1233:161991Gene HarrisThe Best of the Concord Years, disc 19
58.Just in TimeOscar Peterson (with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen)1231:505/18/1959Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson Plays Broadway10
59.Shiny StockingsElla Fitzgerald and Count Basie1253:341963Ella FitzgeraldElla and Basie!9
60.Atomic CocktailSlim Gaillard1252:431945Slim GaillardSlim Gaillard 1945, vol. 25
61.Doop-Doo-De-Doop (A Doodlin' Song)Blossom Dearie1262:191958Blossom DearieOnce Upon a Summertime11
62.Good Time Blues (a.k.a. Bootie's Blues)Count Basie1265:108/11/1962Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 72
63.On the Sunny Side of the StreetMichael Kaeshammer (Danny B., vocal)1264:471998Michael KaeshammerTell You How I Feel5
64.Easy Does ItThe Big 181275:181958The Big 18Live Echoes of the Swinging Bands2
65.Irv's at MidnightErnie Krivda & the Fat Tuesday Big Band1278:081998Ernie KrivdaThe Band That Swings9
66.April in ParisCount Basie1283:511955Count BasieApril in Paris1
67.Baby, Won't You Please Come HomeCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)1281:58Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 49
68.I've Got the World on a StringDiana Krall (with Christian McBride and Lewis Nash)1285:201994Diana KrallOnly Trust Your Heart6
69.PerdidoDuke Ellington1283:131/21/1942Duke EllingtonThe Blanton-Webster Band (disc 3)10
70.Blues for StephanieCount Basie1297:517/12/1979Count BasieOn The Road2
71.Segue in CCount Basie1306:151958Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra, disc 312
72.Smooth SailingElla Fitzgerald with Raymond Tunia, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, J.C. Heard1303:0811/18/1953Ella FitzgeraldBluella: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Blues1
73.Afternoon of a Moax (Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll)Charlie Barnet1313:251940Charlie BarnetClap Hands, Here Comes Charlie10
74.Lullaby of BirdlandElla Fitzgerald (with Don Abney, Wendell Marshall, Jo Jones)1312:221957Various ArtistsElla Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Carmen McRae at Newport5
75.Smack Dab in the MiddleCount Basie (Joe Williams, vocal)1323:085/31/1959Count BasieThe Complete Roulette Live Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (1959-1962), disc 117
76.Bli-BlipElla Fitzgerald (with Duke Ellington)1323:036/27/1957Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, disc 217
77.You're an Old SmoothieElla Fitzgerald with the Marty Paich Dek-Tette1322:471958Ella Fitzgerald with the Marty Paich Dek-TetteElla Swings Lightly12