10 Jazz Serenades for Autumn

Like many standards, these autumnal tunes have been recorded by many jazz artists in both instrumental and vocal versions over the years. If you're creating a jazz playlist for taking walks through fall leaves or a cool night on the patio with cider, here are two suggestions for each.

1. “Autumn Leaves (Les Fueilles Mortes)”

  • Karrin Allyson sings both the French and English lyrics on 1996’s “Collage.”
  • Cannonball Adderley recorded it in 1958 with Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones and Art Blakey.

2. “Autumn in New York”

  • Frank Sinatra recorded it in 1957 for his travel-themed “Come Fly with Me.”
  • Ron Affif recorded a solo guitar rendition on 1999’s “Solotude.

3. “Autumn Serenade”

  • Johnny Hartman sings it with John Coltrane Quartet on their 1963 release.
  • Trumpeter Bobby Shew teams up with trombonist Carl Fontana on 1996’s “Heavyweights”

4. “September Song”

  • Singer June Christy recorded it in 1949 with the Johnny Guarneri Quintet.
  • Pianist Gene Harris and his quartet recorded it for 1995’s “Brotherhood.”

5. “Early Autumn”

  • Ella Fitzgerald sang it as part of her 1964 tribute to the Johnny Mercer songbook.
  • Stan Kenton recorded it in 1958 for “The Ballad Style of Stan Kenton.”

6. “Autumn Nocturne”

  • Carol Sloane sang it with Phil Woods on clarinet on 1995’s “The Songs That Carmen Sang.”
  • Alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded it in 1958 for “Blues Walk.”

7. “September in the Rain”

  • Dianne Schuur’s vocal version appears on her 1993 release “Love Songs.”
  • The Dave Brubeck Octet recorded it in 1946

8. “Maybe September”

  • Singer Joe Williams recorded it on his 1994 release “Here’s to Life.”
  • Organist Jimmy Smith and guitarist Wes Montgomery did it on 1966’s “Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes.”

9.  “Tis Autumn”

  • Nnenna Freelon sings it on her 1993 release “Heritage.”
  • Ranee Lee sings it on her 1997 release “Seasons of Love.”

10. “L’Autunno (Autumn)”

  • Jacques Loussier Trio performs the three autumn movements on their 1997 jazz interpretation of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”

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