I’m Old Fashioned by Jerome Kern

This jam track:

  • Key of F
  • 100 BPM
  • Repeats 3 times
  • Style: Medium-Swing

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Reference Track (With Bass)

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

As Performed by Sasha and the Starlight

I’m Old Fashioned” is a 1942 song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer. It was written for the film You Were Never Lovelier (1942), where it was introduced by Nan Wynn who dubbed for Rita Hayworth as part of a song and dance routine with Fred Astaire.

Mercer recalled working with the older Kern, and how Kern reacted to the lyrics for “I’m Old Fashioned”: “We hit it off right away. I was in such awe of him, I think he must have sensed that. He was very kind to me, treated me more like a son than a collaborator. And when he thought I had a great lyric he said, ‘Eva, Eva, come down here’, and he kissed me on the cheek and he said, ‘Eva, I want you to hear this lyric’. Well, of course I was thrilled that he liked it that much, you know. ‘I’m Old Fashioned’, that one was.”

Notable recordings of this song include:

  • Trumpeter and singer Chet Baker recorded the song several times, at first in 1958
  • Dave Brubeck – Plays And Plays And Plays (1962)
  • Paula Cole – Ballads (2017)
  • John Coltrane as a sensitive hard bop ballad in 1957 for his album Blue Train
  • Paul Desmond – Pure Desmond (1975)
  • Eileen Farrell – I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues (1960)
  • Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook (1963)

Performed by Sasha and the Starlight

Riccardo del Fra (contrebasse), Antoine Martin (saxophone alto) Carl Henri Morisset (piano), Nicolas Fox (batterie) et Melvin Marquez (saxophone ténor)