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Great Tap Dance Music

Posted Aug 19 2007 12:00am

It’s difficult to find great tap dance music. I have spent many hours at the music store listening to songs, trying to find a groove that sparks my creativity. Also, tap dancers often have the opportunity to perform with live musicians but don’t know what tune to ask the band to play…

This list along with the new tap dance music website will help make finding music so much easier

Several of today’s top tap dancers shared their top music choices with the Tap Dance Blog! Everything listed below is considered a “jazz standard” so most jazz musicians you encounter will be familiar with them.

I have also included links to each tap artist’s website as well as a link to each recording on! If you would like to find more great tap dance music, or recommend some of your own favorites head over to the “Tap Dance Songs” website and join the email list!

I have also created a “Tap Dance iMix” that includes all of these songs on iTunes.

Brenda Bufalino

“Bye Bye Blackbird” – John Coltrane/Miles Davis
“Lullaby of the Leaves” – Mary Lou Williams
‘Anthropology” – Charlie Parker

Sam Weber

“Waltz for Debby” – Bill Evans
“Oleo” – Sonny Rollins
“Secret Love” – Sammy Fain

Jason Samuels-Smith

“Shiny Stockings” – Count Basie
“Little Sunflower” – Freddie Hubbard
“A Train” – Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn

Chloe Arnold

“In a Sentimental Mood” – Duke Ellington/John Coltrane
“A Night In Tunisia” – Dizzy Gillespie
“Caravan” – Thelonious Monk

Josh Hilberman

“Now’s the Time” – Charlie Parker
“A Night In Tunisia” – Dizzy Gillespie
“Up Jumped Spring” – Freddie Hubbard

Jimmy Tate

“Billie’s Bounce” – Charlie Parker
“Take 5″ – Dave Brubeck

Jeremy K

“On Green Dolphin Street” – John Coltrane/Miles Davis
“Cute” – Count Basie

Andrew Nemr

“A Train” – Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn
“Satin Doll” – Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn
“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” – Duke Ellington

Other Articles Featuring Brenda Bufalino, Chloe Arnold, Sam Weber, & Jason Samuels-Smith.


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