A Guide To Help You Play Better Jazz Piano

Ron Drotos

History and overview:
“Call Me” is a 1965 pop song written by Tony Hatch for vocalist Petula Clark. It wasn’t in the original Real Book and I’m guessing it was included in the “legit” edition to bring a little more pop into the book. It’s a nice tune but isn’t really in the jazz repertoire.

Here are some recommended recordings/videos:
(for international readers who may not have access to these YouTube links, I’ve indicated the original album names wherever possible so you can listen to them on music streaming services, etc.)

Tony Hatch: A Latin Happening

Petula Clark: The Petula Clark Album

Musical ideas and jazz piano practice tips:
If you’re going to play “Call Me,” be sure to listen to one of the recordings linked to above to get the right feel. The rhythm uses straight 8ths in the light pop/semi-bossa style that was prevalent in the mid-1960s.

Enjoy the journey, and “let the music flow!”

Further links and resources:
How To Learn Jazz Piano
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Call Me: Journey Through The Real Book #52

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