I watched this video of a jazz guitarist recommending ten 'must know' tunes to learn. I like that he explains why they are good ones for a beginner in terms of learning scales, chords, form. It got me thinking, what tunes would you recommend to help a beginner progress (rather than 'most popular') and learn more about playing jazz.
Carrie, I think any list Jens puts together is going to be a well thought out collection of tunes. There’s another instructor who said there are just three songs that can teach you a lot about jazz, Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa and one other that I’ve forgotten. If you took a song such as Autumn Leaves and learn it in all 12 keys (like you are supposed to do) that alone would be an education.
Autumn leaves is based on the "Circle of 5ths" and is a relatively easy way to hear that progression, hence it's value and being valued by so many instructors. Plus it's gorgeous. Here's a nice slow version, that's actually my favorite:youtube.com/watch?v=xXBNlApwh0c Crank it up, close yer eyes and then watch the video 2nd, would be my recommendation.
Hey Carrie ... that’s a great list ... and Miles sounds great on the banjo. I have tons of videos teaching some of the tunes on ur list and others. BUT there is a GREAT jazz teacher Named Brent Vaardstra who does a podcast and website/YouTube presence called appropriately “Learn Jazz Standards”. He is a guitar player but teaches from a point of view that is applicable to ANY musician. I’d highly recommend you find the podcast if u like to listen to them.