A Child is Born

A jazz ballad. It was written in 1969 by the jazz trumpeter Thad Jones and Alec Wilder and has since become a jazz standard.

PUBLISHED: Oct 7, 2011 • UPDATED: Feb 21, 2016 • LESSON CODE: UL400 • VISITS: 18

ukulele Subjects: jazzstandardballad

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A Child Is Born is a jazz ballad. It was written in 1969 by the jazz trumpeter Thad Jones and Alec Wilder and has since become a jazz standard. The piece has been recorded by a number of musicians including Tony Bennett, Stanley Turrentine and Bill Evans[1] (also released on Christmas with Sinatra & Friends), Richard Davis, Kenny Burrell, and Hank Jones.

A Child is Born - An arrangement of this standard for ukulele in "C" tuning G C E A, with a low "G". suitable for performance on standard high "G" C tuning.

Form

"A Child Is Born" is 32 bars long, and when soloing over it, jazz musicians "usually omit the last two bars", leaving a "30-bar solo form". The original was recorded in B-flat major. It features a slow, lengthy introduction on the piano, lasting over a minute. Bob Yurochko in his book A Short History of Jazz refers to it as a "beautiful ballad" of mainstream jazz.

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A Child is Born - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Ukulele arrangement for C tuning with a low G.

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Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your core, essential 4-part chords. These chords commonly called jazz chords, are really just 4-part chords used in a wide range of musical styles.

The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

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A Child Is Born, Solo Ukulele Arrangement
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Solo ukulele arrangement in G Tuning.

A Child is Born - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Ukulele arrangement for C tuning with a low G.

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