Especially during the Ska period with Jamaica's top jazzmen playing together as the Skatalites, Jazz became a great influence on Jamaican music. Lots of the mighty Skatalites horn instrumentals have their origins in Jazz standards.

Turning a five-quarter time into a Jamaican Rhythm:
TAKE FIVE by Dave Brubeck and a Rocksteady version by saxman Val Bennett

Original Artist Composer Jamaican Artist / Title / Producer
Cannonball Adderley Sextet "The Jive Samba" (Riverside 1962) Nat Adderley Buster´s All Stars "City Riot " (Buster / Voice of the People 1964)
Llans Thelwell: "Jive Samba" (Soul)
Johnny Lytle "The Village Caller" (Riverside 1964) Johnny Lytle Lennie Hibbert "Village Soul" (Dodd 1969)
Charles Lloyd "Forest Flower" (Columbia LP 'Discovery! The Charles Lloyd Quartet) Charles Lloyd Roland Alphonso "Forest Flowers" (Dodd 1965)
Nina Simone "My Baby Just Cares For Me" (Bethlehem 1958) Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn
written for the 1930 film version of the 1928 Ziegfeld musical comedy 'Whoopee!'
Jeanette Simpson "My Baby Just Cares For Me" (Dandy 1968)
"Indian Summer"
Jazz standard, written in 1919, vocal version by Frank Sinatra & Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in 1940
Duke Ellington "Indian Summer" 1956
Count Basie "Indian Summer" 1959
Victor Herbert Lester Sterling & his Group "Indian Summer" (Dodd 1964)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan "Stone Cold Dead In The Market" (Decca 1946) Houdini Roland Alphonso "Old Fowl Ska" (Dodd 196?)
"In A Little Spanish Town"
Written in 1926, a hit for Jack Fulton and Paul Whiteman´s Orchestra
Mabel Wayne Baba Brooks "Shock Resistant" (Yap 1965)
Duke Ellington and his famous Orchestra "Five O´Clock Whistle" 1940 Myrow, Irvin, Gannon Baba Brooks "Five O´Clock Whistle" (Yap 1963)
Duke Ellington and his famous Orchestra "Caravan" 1937 Ellington, Tizol, Mills Roland Alphonso "Skaravan" (Yap / Top Deck 1965)
Duke Ellington "In A Mellow Tone" 1940 Ellington Roland Alphonso "Surftide Seven" (Yap / Tuneico 1965)
Big Sid Catlett Quartet feat. Ben Webster "Just A Riff" (Commodore 1944) Sid Catlett Soul Brothers "Streets Of Gold" (Clement Dodd, Coxsone 1965)
Jimmy Smith "Woman Of The World" (Verve 1964) Ortilani Jackie Mittoo & the Soul Bros. "Woman Of The World" (Dodd / Coxsone 1965)
Roland Alphonso "Woman Of The World" (Kong 1967)
Glen Miller "Johnson Rag" 1939 Henry Kleinkauf, Guy Hall Veetones "Never Never Never" (?)
Herbie Hancock "Watermelon Man" (Blue Note 1962)
(see Latin section)
Herbie Hancock Baba Brooks Band "Watermelon Man" (Reid 1963)
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires "Watermelon Man Ska" (Byron Lee 1964)
Lee Morgan "The Sidewinder" (Blue Note 1963) Lee Morgan Skatalites "Malcolm X" (Randy´s 1963)
Lester Sterling "Casa Blanca" (Percy Chin US 1975)
James Moody "I´m In The Mood For Love"
Fats Domino "I´m In The Mood For Love" 1957
Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields Lord Tanamo "In The Mood For Ska" (Dodd 1965)
Artie Shaw "Summertime" 1945
Ravens "Summertime" (National 1947)
(from the 1935 opera "Porgy And Bess")
George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward Lloyd Clarke "Summertime" (Edwards 1964)
Stan Kenton "Bernie´s Tune" 1959 Bernie Miller Val Bennett "Atlas" (N. Esson 196?)
Jazz Crusaders "Tough Talk" 19?? Sample, Henderson, Hooper Skatalites "Tuff Talk" (Yap 1965)
Phil Upchurch "You Can´t Sit Down" 1961 Clark, Upchurch, Muldrow Lester Sterling & the Skatalites "Can´t Sit Down" (Dodd 196?)
Skatalites "Ghost Town" (Yap 1965)
Bill Doggett "Boo Da Ba" 1958 Bill Doggett Skatalites "Ska Boo Da Ba" (Yap 1965)
Ray Bryant "Shake A Lady" Ray Bryant Roland Alphonso "VC 10" (Yap 1965)
Artie Shaw "Jungle Drums" 19?? Lecuona Baba Brooks "Distant Drums" (Yap 1963)
Raymond Harper "Africa´s Blood" (Buster 1963)
Stan Kenton "If I Were A Bell" 1961
Shelly Manne and his Men "If I Were A Bell" 1961
(from the 1950 musical "Guys and Dolls")
Frank Loesser Roland Alphonso "If I Were A Bell" (Dodd 1961)
Stan Kenton "Peanut Vendor" 1956
originaly titled "El Manisero" and played in the 1930s by Antonio Machin and Aspiazu's Orchestra in Cuba and also in New York
(see also Latin section)
Moses Simons Tommy McCook & the Skatalites "Peanut Vendor" (Dodd / ND 1964)

Quincy Jones "Sermonette" 1965
Cannonball Adderley "Sermonette" 1957

Cannonball Adderley Tommy McCook "Ska Legion" (Dodd 196?)
Bing Crosby "Out of Nowhere" 1931
Jazz standard
Johnny Green Lester Sterling "Out of Nowhere" (Dodd 1963)
Charlie Parker "Barbados" (Savoy 1948) Charlie Parker Lester Sterling "Forest Gate Rock" (Bunny Lee 1969)
Sonny Bradshaw Seven "Gas Riot" (Sonny Bradshaw, Saturn 1972)
Charlie Parker "Now´s The Time" (Savoy 1945) Charlie Parker Roland Alphonso "Shuffle Duck" aka "Hucklebuck" (King Edwards 1964)
Sonny Rollins "St. Thomas" 1956 Sonny Roolins Baba Brooks "Musical Communion" (Reid 1963)
Bobby Smith & his Orchestra "Bess Boogie" (Apollo 1949) Bobby Smith Skatalites "Yard Broom" (Reid 1965)
Lloyd Troutman Orchestra "Trotting In" 19?? Lloyd Troutman Tommy McCook "Trotting In" (Dodd 1965)
Sarah Vaughan "Make Yourself Comfortable" (Mercury) Bob Merrill Los Caballeros Orchestra "Make Yourself Comfortable" (Cluett Johnson 1966)
Sil Austin "The Square From Cuba" (Mercury LP 'Everything´s Shakin´' 1957 Sylvester Austin, Nobar Lester Sterling & the Skatalites "Hot Cargo" (Dodd 1964)
Horace Silver "Song For My Father" (Blue Note 1964) Horace Silver Roland Alphonso "Song For My Father" (Kong 1967)
Herbie Hancock "Cantaloupe Island" (Blue Note 1964) Herbie Hancock Jo Jo Bennett "Cantaloupe Rock" (Mudie 1967 - or Byron Lee???)
Chick Webb & his Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald "A-Tisket A-Tasket" (Decca 1938) Al Feldman, Ella Fitzgerald Tommy McCook / Lynn Taitt " The Yellow Basket" (Reid 1967)
Benny Goodman Sextet "Flying Home" (Columbia 1939)
Lionel Hampton "Flying Home" (Decca 1942)
Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton Rico "Omara Special" (Dada Tuari 196?)
Tommy McCook "Flying Home" (Reid 196?)
Jimmy Smith "Got My Mojo Working" (Verve 1966) Morganfield Jackie Mittoo "Got My Boogaloo" (Dodd 1967)
Spiral Starecase "More Today Than Yesterday" (Columbia 1969)
Charlie Earland "More Today Than Yesterday" (Prestige 1970)
Pat Upton Jackie Mittoo & The Crusaders "More Today Than Yesterday" (Sight 'N' Sounds, Dodd 1970)
I guess Jackie was inspired by Charlie Earland´s version, that´s why you find this in the Jazz section
Glen Miller "In The Mood" (Bluebird 1940) Joe Garland, Glenn Miller, Andy Razaf Dandy And His Group "In The Mood" (Dandy 1967)
Artie Shaw "Summertime" 1945
Ravens "Summertime" (National 1947)
and many others...
Ira & George Gershwin, D. Heyward
(from "Porgy And Bess")
Lloyd Clarke "Summertime" (? Ska version)
Lloyd Clarke "Summertime" (Bunny Lee 1968)
Roy Richards & Soul Vendors "Summertime" (Dodd 1968)
Dave Brubeck "Take Five" (Columbia 1961) Dave Brubeck Val Bennett "The Russians Are Coming" (Bunny Lee 1968)
Jacob Miller "Standing Firm" (1979)
Sil Austin "The Square From Cuba" (Mercury LP 'Everything´s Shakin'' 1957 Sylvester Austin, Nobar Lester Sterling & Byron Lee "Square From Cuba " (Byron Lee 1969)
The Staples Singers "Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)" (Epic 1967)
Cannonball Adderley "Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)" (Capitol 1967)
Rosebuck Staples Lynn Taitt & the Jetts "Why Am I Treated So Bad" (Khouri 1968)
Prince Buster "Why Am I Treated So Bad" (Buster)
Soul Vendors "Bad Treatment" (Dodd)
Lou Donaldson "Peepin´" (Blue Note LP 'Mr. Shing-A-Ling' 1967) Lonnie Smith Tommy McCook & the Supersonics "Heatwave (Moving)" (Reid 196?)
Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists "Bongo Chant" (Esquire LP 'Afro Kadabra Caribbean Suite' 1953) Kenny Graham Lester Sterling & Stranger Cole "Bangarang"
Gerald Wilson "Viva Tirado" (Pacific Jazz LP 'Moment Of Truth', 1962)
El Chicano "Viva Tirado" (Kapp 1970)
Gerald Wilson Soul Vendors "Drum Song" (Dodd 1968)
Jazz Crusaders "Way Back Home" (Chisa 1970)
Jr. Walker "Way Back Home" (Soul 1971)
W. Felder, Bristol, Knight Roland Alphonso "Way Back Home" (Dodd 1971)
Byron Lee "Way Back Home" (Byron Lee 1971)
Herbie Mann "Memphis Underground" (Atlantic 1969) Herbie Mann J.J. All Stars "Memphis Underground" (Carl J.J. Johnson 1969)
Count Basie "Splanky" (Roulette LP 'Basie' 1957) Neal Hefti Tommy McCook "Jazz Walking" (Reid 1962)
Carlos Malcolm "Splanky" (C. Malcolm 196?)
Louis X "A White Man’s Heaven Is A Black Man’s Hell" (A Muslim Sings 1960) Louis X Prince Buster "A White Man’s Heaven" (Prince Buster 1968)
Vince Guaraldi Trio "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" (Fantasy LP 'Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus' 1962) Vince Guaraldi Skatalites "Reincarnation" aka. "Prince Royal" (Prince Buster, Wildbells 1964)
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