Nice Work If You Can Get It by George Gershwin

This jam track:

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

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Reference Track (With Bass)

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As Performed by George Gershwin

Nice Work If You Can Get It” is a popular song and jazz standard composed by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It began life in 1930 as a nine-bar phrase with the working title “There’s No Stopping Me Now”. Its title phrase “Nice work if you can get it” came from an English magazine. It was one of nine songs the Gershwin brothers wrote for the movie A Damsel in Distress in which it was performed by Fred Astaire with backing vocals by The Stafford Sisters. The song was published in 1937.

Notable recordings of this song include:

  • Tommy Dorsey – 1937
  • Ella Fitzgerald with Andre Previn – Nice Work If You Can Get It, 1983
  • Erroll Garner – Erroll Garner Plays Gershwin and Kern, 1968
  • Billie HolidaywithTeddy Wilson – 1937
  • Thelonious Monk – 1941, 1947
  • Frank Sinatra – A Swingin’ Affair! (1957) and Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First (1962)
  • Art Tatum – 1949
  • Mel Tormé – Mel Tormé Sings Fred Astaire (1956)
  • Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan in Hi-Fi (1955)

Performed by the Straight Up Jazz Trio

Performed by the Andrew Wood Trio