Essential swing for guitarists #3: After You’ve Gone

After You’ve Gone may be as old as jazz itself. It was written by composer, Turner Layton, in the 1918. Every jazz legend has performed or recorded this song from the Great American Song Book. Django Reinhardt, Al Jolson, Gene Krupa, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and many more have made this song part of their repertoire. Originally it was a slower song but it can be played at any tempo. Compare the Fiona Apple with John Pizzarelli’s version in the videos below and you’ll see what I mean. Joscho Stephan is a gypsy jazz guitarist from the school of Django. If you are not familiar with gypsy jazz watching Joscho is a great place to start. The chords are provided below the videos.

 

 

After You’ve Gone Chords

 

 

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