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Great Tap Dance Music

Sun, Aug 19, 2007

Performances, Tap Resources

It’s difficult to find great tap dance music. I have spent many hours at the music store listening to songs, trying to find a groove that sparks my creativity. Also, tap dancers often have the opportunity to perform with live musicians but don’t know what tune to ask the band to play…

This list along with the new tap dance music website will help make finding music so much easier

Several of today’s top tap dancers shared their top music choices with the Tap Dance Blog! Everything listed below is considered a “jazz standard” so most jazz musicians you encounter will be familiar with them.

I have also included links to each tap artist’s website as well as a link to each recording on Amazon.com! If you would like to find more great tap dance music, or recommend some of your own favorites head over to the “Tap Dance Songs” website and join the email list!

I have also created a “Tap Dance iMix” that includes all of these songs on iTunes.










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    Brenda Bufalino

    “Bye Bye Blackbird” – John Coltrane/Miles Davis
    “Lullaby of the Leaves” – Mary Lou Williams
    ‘Anthropology” – Charlie Parker

    Sam Weber

    “Waltz for Debby” – Bill Evans
    “Oleo” – Sonny Rollins
    “Secret Love” – Sammy Fain

    Jason Samuels-Smith

    “Shiny Stockings” – Count Basie
    “Little Sunflower” – Freddie Hubbard
    “A Train” – Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn

    Chloe Arnold

    “In a Sentimental Mood” – Duke Ellington/John Coltrane
    “A Night In Tunisia” – Dizzy Gillespie
    “Caravan” – Thelonious Monk

    Josh Hilberman

    “Now’s the Time” – Charlie Parker
    “A Night In Tunisia” – Dizzy Gillespie
    “Up Jumped Spring” – Freddie Hubbard

    Jimmy Tate

    “Billie’s Bounce” – Charlie Parker
    “Take 5″ – Dave Brubeck

    Jeremy K

    “On Green Dolphin Street” – John Coltrane/Miles Davis
    “Cute” – Count Basie

    Andrew Nemr

    “A Train” – Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn
    “Satin Doll” – Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn
    “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” – Duke Ellington

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    15 Comments For This Post

    1. Melissa Says:

      I saw a dance group do a very nice tap number with the song YES SIR THAT’S MY BABY.

    2. Taps Says:

      Thanks for sharing that tune Melissa. Contributions like that help to make this post even more valuable.

    3. mariamaria Says:

      wadda great list! Joy Spring would be a cool tune to dance to, also Sing, Sing, Sing.

    4. Melissa Says:

      Sing sing sing by benny goodman was my solo song for 2 years

    5. sara Says:

      i am doing a tap dance reserach and I need the web master of this site. Who is he??
      thanks
      ps excellent music to tap!!

    6. Bev Kelley Says:

      Whilst searching for one of the suggested tunes on itunes, I discovered it on an album called “Essential Jazz Masters”. I am in the process of buying/downloading the album which has 150 tracks at a cost of £7.99. So many of the tracks (I’ve sampled only some) seems really useful for tap. Quite a bargain it would seem!

    7. robert Says:

      i am looking for some old recordings of songs they use in my three year old daughters tap class any suggestions where to begin to search

    8. Taps Says:

      Hi Robert,

      I always recommend that folks start at Amazon.com. They seem to have (or know about) everything! Which songs are you looking for?

      Taps

    9. samsoum Says:

      i love this music sing sing sing from benny goodman it’s amazing does soemone knows a tittle of a song like this one ?
      thx ..

    10. valerie Says:

      sing, sing, sing by benny goodman is the best tap song. it was my tap duet for 5 years and it hit platnium. great song!

    11. Izzy Says:

      My dance class once did a tap number to leaning on a lampost. Most of the other songs we’ve danced to have been more modern, like the song stupid cupid. It worked though!

    12. Vickisj Says:

      I am looking for a good stevie wonder song for some baby boomers to tap to. we are beginner tappers. suggestions?

    13. David Guaspari Says:

      I’m looking for a good, short piece of tap dance music that’s in the public domain. It’s for a scene in a play and I don’t want performances encumbered by copyright restrictions on the music. (The scene originally used “Bye, Bye, Blues” — but that turns out *not* to be in the public domain.) Best would be a tune that an audience is likely to know and recognize instantly as being virtually a cliche to tap dance to. I’d be grateful for any suggestions.

    14. Shell-Bell Says:

      I was a tapper for 15 years and now I’m about to get married in about 7 months. I want to do a number with my future husband as I surprise during our reception. What’s a good song that would be cute and entertaining? Any suggestions? I really appreciate it.

    15. Taps Says:

      Hi Shell-Bell,

      I would recommend “Fever” by Patti Drew. That was the first thing that popped into my head. Maybe someone else will also post a recommendation!

      Taps

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