The most beautiful Jazz scores to play on the saxophone
Explore our selection of the most beautiful jazz pieces to play on alto, tenor or soprano saxophone. Each score contains a high-quality “play-along” accompaniment of the rest of the group. We have arranged the scores in several levels of difficulty: beginner, easy, intermediate and advanced and have included the link to the score for each piece.
1. Fly me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra's smooth voice comes to mind when we think of "Fly Me to the Moon". However this song, written by Bart Howard (and inspired by Cole Porter) in 1954, has been performed by many other artists, notably by Peggy Lee in 1960.
Use the many Tomplay functions to help you learn the score of “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra in the best possible way: adjust the tempo of the metronome in order to place your saxophone part into the professional Jazz orchestra accompaniment, annotate your score and work on tricky passages in a loop.
2. Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
The originator of soul music, Ray Charles made a profound mark on American music, taking his inspiration from Jazz, Country and Rhythm and Blues.
“Hit the Road Jack” is a song written by Percy Mayfield and recorded for the first time by Ray Charles. It’s one of his most well-known songs.
It tells the story of a rather comical discussion between a woman and her husband, the wife telling him to clear out while the husband tries to convince her to keep him by her side! This song is dedicated to the writer Jack Kerouac and his book On the Road.
Play the score of “Hit the Road Jack” on the saxophone with Tomplay: by clicking on Play, the score scrolls automatically on your screen so that you never have to turn the pages.
3. Autumn Leaves - Joseph Kosma
"Les Feuilles mortes" is a French popular song and Jazz standard composed by Joseph Kosma to original French lyrics by Jacques Prévert, then to Johnny Mercer's English version "Autumn Leaves".
Kosma, who originated from Hungary, had been introduced to Prévert in Paris. They collaborated on this song for a ballet called Le Rendez-Vous and, in 1946, it was used in the film Les Portes de la nuit. Many artists have covered it over the years, such as Yves Montand, whose name is eternally linked with the song.
Explore our scores of “Autumn Leaves” for the saxophone in several levels and take advantage of the high-quality Jazz accompaniment.
4. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
The famous Soft Rock song by Gerry Rafferty, "Baker Street", evokes a man's dream of having a home. He drinks to forget that he doesn't have one without realising that he's wandering around aimlessly. The inspiration for the song's title comes from the road of the same name in London.
There is an urban legend which tells that the saxophone solo was recorded by Bob Holness, an English television quiz show host. However, it was played by Raphael Ravenscroft, an English composer and saxophonist.
Check out the Tomplay scores of “Baker Street” for the saxophone in several levels and play accompanied by the high-quality Jazz orchestra recording. Take advantage too of the many Tomplay functions so you can put the piece in place in the best conditions.
5. Blue Train - John Coltrane
The music of saxophonist John Coltrane has left an indelible mark on Jazz and everyone agrees that Blue Train, released in 1957, is the most remarkable of his albums. Its name comes from the first track.
In the piece "Blue Train", the trumpet introduction, joined by the trombone and quickly followed by Coltrane's Jazz lines on the saxophone, make this piece a real masterpiece.
Check out the Tomplay scores of “Blue Train” for the saxophone in several levels, annotate your score, play accompanied by the high-quality recording and modify the tempo to suit you.
6. All of Me - Marks and Simons
Written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons, “All of Me” is one of Jazz’s greatest hits, performed by many stars such as Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra.
The song was first performed by the American singer and actress Belle Baker, whose husband had just passed away. It is said that the singer broke down in tears in the middle of her performance. Her emotional rendition was picked up by the press, which helped make the song a hit.
“All of Me” is an ideal piece for those just beginning or who wish to practise the Jazz register. It is now available for tenor and alto saxophone in the Tomplay Shop in eight levels of difficulty. Play accompanied by a high-quality recording of a professional Jazz band.
7. Feeling Good - Michael Bublé
Originally written for a stage musical in 1964, "Feeling Good" was made famous by Nina Simone, who recorded in 1965 for her album I Put a Spell on You. The title has since appeared in many films, TV series and advertisements.
"Feeling Good" has been covered a great deal, particularly by Michael Bublé, Lauryn Hill, George Michael, John Coltrane and even the rock group Muse.
It’s the Michael Bublé version of “Feeling Good” that we’re inviting you to play on the saxophone, whatever your level, with the professional Jazz orchestra accompaniment synchronised with the score. Annotate your score and, if you wish, print it with your annotations in place.
8. Caravan - Duke Ellington
"Caravan" by Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington was released for the first time in December 1936 and reached the fourth spot in the Pop charts in June 1937.
The main theme in the minor melody created for this piece has made it an unmissable, evocative and lively standard, enhanced by Ellington's arrangement. It can be heard in particular throughout the excellent feature film Whiplash by Damien Chazelle.
Check out the saxophone scores of “Caravan” in several levels, play accompanied by the high-quality recording and take advantage of the many other functions offered by Tomplay.