I joined to ask a question or start a discussion about famous signature songs for trumpet. I've been playing "A Night In Tunisia"(NIT) over the years, I always come back to that song as sort of graded etude of sorts. I've recently working on Hugh Masekela's "Grazing In the Grass"(GIG). I think GIG is a bit more difficult than NIT, but GIG is another one that I feel by playing daily really opens up my playing, especially fast tonguing. Are there other tunes out there that are worth chewing on and digesting in a dedicated way. I think the idea is that these masters played them often and it kept them relevant if I play them then I will be exercising the same chops. Does Miles Davis have a signature tune? It seems that Davis tunes aren't technical in and of themselves, the solos are more important, I played Armstrong's tunes often in the beginning. I think there are some out there Maynard Ferguson, I'll probably save for later. I am working on Herb Alpert, I think he actually had a couple of signature tunes, "A Taste Of Honey"(TOH). TOH is nice for working on large intervals, octaves.
I play lots of other tunes mostly hard bob, or latin jazz, but some are harder to play and just don't sound as good on trumpet. I am looking for the ones that sound really good on trumpet.