9-20 Special by Earl Warren

This jam track:

  • Key of C
  • 100 bpm
  • Repeats 3 times
  • Style: Swing


Reference Track (With Bass)

Play Along Track (Without Bass) – [Click here to download]

As Performed by the Count Basie Orchestra

9:20 Special” is a 1941 jazz standard  written by American saxophonist Earle Warren, a member of the Count Basie Orchestra, American pianist and composer Jack Palmer who wrote and recorded with Cab Calloway among others and American lyricist William Engvick who’s work you’ve hears throughout Disney songs and other amazing soundtracks.

Notable recordings of this song include:

  • Count Basie recorded the original (3:13) on April 10, 1941 and it was released on OKeh 6244 in 1941
  • Art Tatum recorded a version (2:29) on October 26, 1945 for Armed Forces Radio and released later on Storyville Live Performances 1934-1956.
  • Harry James recorded a version in 1945 on Columbia Records
  • Woody Herman recorded it in 1956 on “Jackpot” – the Las Vegas Herd Capitol Records
  • Oscar Peterson also recorded a version of the song, which was featured on his 1956 album ‘Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie‘.

Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra