Play the Jazz Standard "After You've Gone" on the Uke

Posted by Amber von Nagel

The jazz standard “After You’ve Gone” has been interpreted in numerous ways. Bessie Smith’s 1928 recording included a swinging horn section, piano, and banjo accompanying her booming, assertive vocals. Ella Fitzgerald’s 1962 rendition begins with a slow, smooth rhythm, takes an upbeat turn at the beginning of the second verse, and slows down again in the final verse. Blues and jazz interpretations like these are often referenced in ukulele arrangements of the tune, including the one shown here, which is from Jim Beloff’s Daily Ukulele songbook, because they work nicely with the upbeat sound of the instrument.

After You've Gone excerpt
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Excerpted from Ukulele issue 2

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