Autumn Leaves : Jazz Improvisation Work Out

“Les Feuilles Mortes” adapted as “Autumn Leaves” was first heard in the french movie “Gate of the Nights” realized by Marcel Carre in 1946. In the clip below we can watch actor-singer Yves Montand singing one of the earliest interpretation of the song. He lated made it part of his repertoire for the rest of his career. 

The song is a sort of A A B A usually played in Bb Major.  It has major and minor II V I progressions in Bb and its minor relative G. So it offers a great opportunity to practice phrases in these keys. 

In This Course You Are Going to Learn:

  • The chord progression of “Autumn Leaves”
  • Arpeggios & Scales
  • Guide Tones
  • Improvisation techniques
  • And a lot more…

Recommended Listening:

Toots Thielemans & Kenny Werner,  Autumn Leaves, Warner Records, 2001

Cannonball Adderley, Somethin’ Else, Autumn Leaves, Blue Note Records, 1958

Kenny Dorham,  The Flamboyant Queens, 1963

Ready to get into it? Let’s dive in!

Backing Tracks:

Jeff Pittson: piano and keys

Felix Lemerle: guitar

Evan Pittson: sound engineer

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Course Includes

  • 24 Lessons