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Basie Blues Changes


As the Blues form evolved during the Swing Era, the V-IV-I cadence in bars 9 through 12 was replaced by the ii-V-I Jazz Progression. The Count Basie Orchestra played many blues-oriented compositions during this time period. This progression was used in tunes such as their popular One O'Clock Jump Below is an example of the Basie Blues Changes in the key of C.

C7 / / / F7 / F#o7 / C7 / / / Gm7 / C7 /
F7 / / / F#o7 / / / C7 / / / A7 / / /
Dm7 / / / G7 / / / C7 / / / C7 / / /

Click below for the best in free Basie Blues Changes lessons available on the web as well as links to various examples.

Lessons

Basie Blues (VT Music Dictionary)
Blues Chord Progressions & Variations (JazzGuitar.be)
The Evolution of the 12 Bar Blues Progression (Bob Brozman)

Song Examples

Basie Blues for Band-In-A Box
Basie Blues Chart
One O'Clock Jump


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