A Night in Tunisia is a composition of Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli dating from 1942 , which has become a jazz standard 1 . Dizzy Gillespie first performed it at Kelly’s Stable in New York in the early 1940s when working with Benny Carter , and later performed by saxophonist Charlie Parker and pianist Bud Powell .
A Foggy Day is a song composed by George Gershwin , with the lyrics of Ira Gershwin and made famous by Fred Astaire in 1937 in the movie A Damsel in Distress 1 .
A jazz standard is a musical composition that is particularly important in jazz . The musical themes , often at the base of arrangements or improvisations are very often played, resumed, rearranged, diverted, especially during jam sessions . Jazz standards can represent both historical heritage, artistic appropriation , and a lingua franca of jazz.
The Great American Songbook , or, in French, Great American Repertoire of Song, commonly refers to American popular music from the 1920s to the 1960s , before the arrival and success of rock ‘n’ roll . The term includes the music of the musicals of Broadway , movies Hollywood and the American music industry called Tin Pan Alley . This music, which can be likened to swing and big bands , is often described as …