40 Songs You Should Learn


Over many years of performing in New York City at social and private events as well as clubs. I started creating a list of songs that I have been requested to play from clients and bandleaders who hired me. Generally you will be asked to play Franck Sinatra's hits, Duke Ellington's, Jobim's and Stevie Wonder's tunes.  

If you want to perform at a professional level as a harmonica player I strongly recommend to learn this songs in a different keys, in no particular order.

Franck Sinatra

  • My Way
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • New York New York
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Stardust
  • Just Friends
  • Stella By Starlight
  • Body & Soul
  • Someday My Prince Will Come
  • It Could Happen to You
  • Beautiful Love
  • Have You Met Miss Jones
  • I Remember You
  • There Will Never Another You
  • On a Green Dolphin Street
  • All The Things You Are
  • Alone Together
  • Cherokee
  • Just One of Those Things

Stevie Wonder

  • Isn't She Lovely
  • Superstition
  • You're the Sunshine of My Life

Jobim

  • Desafinado
  • One Note Samba
  • Corcovado
  • Wave
  • Triste
  • Girl From Ipanema
  • How Insensitive

Duke Ellington

  • In a Mellow Tone
  • Take the A Train
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • In A Sentimental Mood
  • Sophisticated Lady
  • Satin Doll

Jazz Compositions

  • Sister Sadie
  • Blue Bossa
  • Cantaloupe Island
  • Bluesette
  • Three Views of a Secret
  • Misty
  • St Thomas
  • Recordame
  • Stablemates
  • Take Five
  • Round Midnight
  • Work Song
  • Sweet Georgia Brown
  • Doxy
  • Shiny Stockings
  • The Theme
  • Oleo
  • Straight No Chaser
  • Footprints

Charlie Parker

  • Donna Lee
  • OrnIthologie
  • Yardbird Suit
  • Moose the Mooche
  • Parker's Mood
  • Confirmation

Others

  • Happy Birthday
  • Agua de beber