Satin Doll

A 1953 song by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

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INSTRUMENTS: Jazz Main: Any Others: Ukulele ANY Play-along Leadsheet
Subjects: Jazz • Reference • Standard

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Satin Doll

Satin Doll - is a jazz standard written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Written in 1953, the song has been recorded countless times, by such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, 101 Strings, and Nancy Wilson. Its chord progression is well known for its unusual use of chords and opening with a ii-V-I turnaround.

Johnny Mercer was often asked to write lyrics to already popular songs. The lyrics to Satin Doll were written after the song was already a hit in its instrumental version. Ellington used Satin Doll as the closing number at most of his concerts.

Satin Doll is in the The Daily Ukulele — Leap Year Edition 366 Songs for Better Living book.

Satin Doll is in the Real Book - Volume 1 Sixth Edition book.

It is possible that the music was not co-composed by Ellington but solely by pianist-arranger Billy Strayhorn, who worked closely with Ellington.

The popular 1950s group, The Gaylords had a minor hit with their recording of Satin Doll in 1958.

( From www.jazzstandards.com ) - As a jazz standard, Early in 1953, Duke Ellington left Columbia Records to sign with Capitol Records, a company he felt would more effectively promote his music. On April 6, the band had their first Capitol recording session, producing Satin Doll, Without a Song, and Cocktails for Two. Satin Doll, with its Ellington piano solo, was a modest hit, entering the pop charts in June and rising to number twenty-seven.

Satin Doll is on my, 2015 How About More Uke?, The Curt Sheller Jazz Trio CD.

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Satin Doll - Premium Play-Along Lead Sheet

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Satin Doll - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement

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Ukulele melody and chord arrangement in standard music notation and Ukulele TAB.

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Satin Doll - How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio

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From How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio

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Satin Doll

Updated: 01 Jan 2003

A Curt Sheller Trio performance for the Berks Jazz Fest. Satin Doll - is a jazz standard written in 1953 by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

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The Real Book – Volume I – Sixth Edition

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The Real Books are the best-selling jazz books of all time. Since the 1970s, musicians have trusted these volumes to get them through every gig, night after night. The problem is that the books were illegally produced and distributed, without any regard to copyright law, or royalties paid to the composers who created these musical masterpieces.

A Selection of Books & Reference Charts that are recommended for creating a solid foundation with your chosen instrument and music in general.

Books

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard – C Tuning

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Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution

Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition.

Ukulele – Reading Music Series – Primer

Learn to read single note melodies in the first/open position is a lot easier than you might think.

Daily Practice Material for the Contemporary Ukulele

An organized collection of daily practice and reference material for the contemporary ukulele player for developing the vocabulary and knowledge necessary for single note playing.

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Reference Charts

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G - G C E A

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G – G C E A

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for G Tuning, Low or High A – D G B E

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for G Tuning, Low or High A – D G B E

Key Signatures — Circle of Fourths and Fifths – ANSI A & A4 sizes

A handy reference chart of all 15 major and relative minor key signatures. US Letter 8.5 x 11 sized (ANSI-A) , A4

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