Jazz MIDI Song Files
A list of the best web sites hosting MIDI files for jazz music, mostly free downloads.
You can turn any of these files into free sheet music with easy-to-use sheet music software.
Jazz and Blues at MusicStudents.com - A site with blues and jazz MIDI files. To access the MIDI files, click on a song title in the list on the main page. Then, on the page for that particular song, click the "Get the soundfile!" button. You can choose what key you want for the file you download, or simply use Notation's Transpose feature to easily change the key of any MIDI file you work with.
Cool Jazz at Midiworld - This page has a set of "Cool Jazz Sequences" at the top of the page as well as lots of standards, and the files are easily downloaded by clicking on the text links. Most of these files are multi-instrumental.
The Changes at Song Trellis - "Currently the chord changes for 1164 tunes are recorded here. We intend to present the changes in four different forms: chords only, chords w/ bass, chords w/ drums, chords w/ bass and drums." On this page is a list of song titles, which you can click on to carry you to a page for the tune, which will have the MIDI file(s) for download.
Oldtime, Goodtime Music - This website by Herbert Harari has four scrollable columns of "Blues, Jazz, Dixieland, Latin,Country, [and] Standards." The songs are listed in alphabetical order, with original tunes by Mr. Harari asterisked. The quality of the files varies somewhat, but the song list is quite extensive.
After Hours - An eclectic mix of jazz tunes, unfortunately not alphabetized. However, the scope of the list is comprehensive, and if you're using a browser with an Edit/Find function, you can use it to locate the song you want. Simply click the song title to download the MIDI file.
The Jazz Page - This site offers a wide variety of genres in the jazz tradition. In the right hand frame, scroll down to the link titled "MIDIs/High Quality and selected MIDI files" and click it. This will bring you to the scrolling alphabetical list of songs available here. The list is eclectic and comprehensive, with short descriptions of each song. Download the file by clicking on the title. He also takes some requests for sequences - see the bottom of the page.
Jazz for Worship - This well-done site by Clyde McLennan has original arrangements of some Christian standards, as well as arrangements done of scripture passages, all done in a jazz style. Clyde has MIDI files available either singly or all of the files in a .zip format. To get the .zip file of all the songs, scroll down the home page until you see the MIDI connector icon, with the text "Midi/All Midi files" and click it to download the entire MIDI collection. Or, you can continue down the home page to the song titles, where you'll find links to individual song pages. These pages have the lyrics (which are included in the MIDI files) printed, as well as the individual MIDI file for download.
Dan's Jazz Page - An alphabetical list of a mix of jazz standards and newer material, with most arrangements for a band as well as some solo piano pieces. Right-click the title to download the .mid file.
The Swing Machine - Mostly jazz, with a bit of funk and fusion thrown in for good measure. Right-click the title to download the .mid file.
D & D's Music Hall - This website has two pages of MIDI files that are dedicated to Big Band, Blues,Rag, Polkas, and Jazz. Those would be page 6 and page 7. The files are in alphabetical order by title on each page.
Helpful Hint: For song files that contain only chords, or chords and a drum track, you can use Notation's Chord Transcription feature to show the chord names for use in studying the music, to help your improvisations over the changes, or to inspire your own compositions.
With the shutdown of GeoCities, a number of excellent webpages which hosted MIDI files have been lost. If you know of the new location for a website that once was here, please let us know about it!