Night & Day – Jazz Piano solo improvisation

One of the famous composition by Cole Porter.

In this my “version” there are many “Changes and Notes” of the melody, that does not exist on the original, even though I’ve learned that you should never change the melody, at least in the first verses…..this time I ignored the theory :-)


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More informations:
“Night and Day” is a popular song by Cole Porter. It was written for the 1932 musical play Gay Divorce, and is perhaps Porter’s most popular contribution to the Great American Songbook.

Fred Astaire introduced “Night and Day” on stage, and his recording of the song was a #1 hit. He performed it again in the 1934 film version of the show, renamed The Gay Divorcee, and it became one of his signature pieces. The song itself became an American standard and has been recorded by dozens of artists.

Porter was known to claim that the Islamic call to worship he heard on a trip to Morocco inspired the song.[1]

The song was so associated with Porter that when Hollywood first filmed his life story in 1946, the movie was entitled Night and Day.

“Night and Day” has been recorded many times, notably by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and U2.

Sinatra recorded the song five times; with Axel Stordahl in his first solo session in 1942 and again with him in 1947; with Nelson Riddle in 1956 for A Swingin’ Affair!, with Don Costa in 1961 for Sinatra and Strings (considered by many to be the best version)[citation needed], and even a disco version with Joe Beck in 1977.

Fitzgerald’s most celebrated recording of the song occurred on her 1956 album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook. The song was recorded by Ringo Starr in 1970 for its first solo album “Sentimental Journey”. It was then recorded in 1982 as a one-off collaboration between Tracey Thorn with student friend Ben Watt as Everything But The Girl; subsequently the duo became a well established pop act.

The song was recorded by U2 in 1990 and appeared on the Red Hot + Blue compilation album. Thomas Anders (of Modern Talking fame) recorded his version in 1997 on the album Live Concert. Rod Stewart recorded a version for his 2004 album Stardust: the Great American Songbook 3. A rendition was recorded by The Temptations and the version is features in and on the soundtrack for the 2000 movie What Women Want.

“Night and Day” also reappeared on the American pop charts in 1967 done by Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66.

In 2004, a version of “Night and Day” was included in the biographical film about Cole Porter, De-Lovely, sung by John Barrowman and Kevin Kline. The song was also recorded in 2005 by Sondre Lerche on his album Duper Sessions. In 2007 it was recorded by Bebel Gilberto with a bossa nova approach on her album Memento.

The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps is using “Night and Day” for their 2008 show.

18 thoughts on “Night & Day – Jazz Piano solo improvisation

  1. Like the beat, beat, beat of the tom tom
    When the jungle shadows fall
    Like the tick, tick, tock of the stately clock
    As it stands against the wall
    Like the drip, drip drip of the rain drops
    When the summer showers through
    A voice within me keeps repeating
    You, you, you

    Night and day you are the one
    Only you beneath the moon or under the sun
    Whether near to me or far it's no matter darling
    Where you are
    I think of you
    Day and night, night and day
    Why is it so that this longing for you
    Follows where ever I go
    In the roaring traffic's boom, in the silence of my lonely room
    I think of you
    Night and day, day and night
    Under the hide of me, there's an oh such a hungry yearning burning
    Inside of me
    And this torment wont be through
    Till you let me spend my life making love to you
    Day and night, night and day

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