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Nardis is a Miles Davis composition, however it was clearly a more integral part of Bill Evans' repertoire than Miles' showing by the frequency of the song's appearance on various Bill Evans records from 1960 to 1980 and Evans' proclivity to play the song live.


Oleo is a contrafact of George and Ira Gershwin's "I've Got Rhythm." Sonny Rollins wrote this contrafact (a new melody written over existing harmony) in 1954 and it has since become a jazz standard and a popular "Rhythm Changes" tune for jazz musicians to improvise over. 

500 Miles High

500 Miles High was featured on Return to Forever's second album, Light as a Feather, led by Chick Corea. The lineup included bassist Stanley Clarke, saxophonist Joe Farrell, drummer Airto Moreira, and vocalist Flora Purim.

Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise

Originally composed by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II for the 1928 operetta The New Moon, Softly As in a Morning Sunrise has become a standard in jazz music and has taken on many forms and variations over the course of almost one hundred years. 

The UCF Jazz Sessions are a series of videos featuring many talented Jazz Performance students at the University of Central Florida. 

All videos in this series were recorded at the UCF School of Performing Arts. 


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