Music lovers will be getting into the swing of things this weekend when they mark International Jazz Day.

To help you prepare for a day dedicated to one of music's most skilful and creative styles, here are 10 tracks by jazz greats.

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In a Sentimental Mood

Duke Ellington

Written in 1935, Ellington said he composed the track to help a friend who was having some trouble with two woman at a party in Durham, North Carolina. He recorded the best known version of the song with John Coltrane.

So What?

Miles Davis

Taken from his 1959 album Kind of Blue, Dennis Hopper claimed in a 2008 interview that Davis named the track after intellectual chats between the pair in which the actor would reply "so what?".

Cantaloupe Island

Herbie Hancock

Appearing on Hancock's 1964 album Empyrean Isles, this track was recorded during his time with Mile Davis's 1960s quintet. It features Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Tony Williams.

Dedicated to You

Freddie Hubbard

Taken from Hubbard's eighth album The Body & The Soul, this was recorded in 1963 as part of his last release on the Impulse label. The album includes songs by Duke Ellington.

I'll Remember April

Chet Baker Quartet

Written by Gene de Paul, this jazz standard made its debut in the 1942 Abbott and Costello comedy Ride 'Em Cowboy. It has been covered by artists including Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra.

Blue Skies

Art Tatum

Composed by Irving Berlin in 1926, this track was written as a last-minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical Betsy. The song was so popular that on opening night audiences demanded 24 encores.


Dizzy Gillespie

This bossa nova track was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Newton Mendonca. A version by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd was a major hit in 1962, reaching 11 in the UK charts.

See See Rider Blues

Louis Armstrong

First recorded by Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey in 1924, this track tells the story of an unfaithful lover. Rainey's version received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2004.

Much later

Wynton Marsalis

This track appeared on Marsalis' double album Live at Blues Alley. It was recorded at Blues Alley in December 1986 and was produced by Steven Epstein.

Body and Soul

Coleman Hawkins

Composed in 1930, this track was written in New York for British actress and singer Gertrude Lawrence. Louis Armstrong was the first jazz musician to record the song.