Stompin’ at the Savoy

Stompin’ at the Savoy is a swing-era jazz standard written by alto saxophonist Edgar Sampson in 1933, although it is often credited to Benny Goodman, whose recording of the song peaked at number 4 in the 1937 hit charts. Stompin’ was the theme song of the Savoy Ballroom’s theme band, led by Chick Webb. In this lesson, you will learn a chord melody arrangement of Stompin’ in the original key of Db major.

The Savoy Ballroom

Stompin’ at the Savoy is named after the popular Savoy Ballroom, a nightclub in Harlem (NY) that was famous for its Lindy Hop dancing and its no-discrimination policy. The ballroom was in operation from 1926 to 1958.

Stompin’ has an AABA structure.

While the chord progression revolves around a ii V I, the melody follows a call and response structure between the sections of the big band. In guitar versions of Stompin’, the call and response technique is heard between chord hits and single-note riffs.

Recommended listening:

  • Charlie Christian – Live at Minton’s (1941).
  • Jim Hall – Jazz Guitar (Jim Hall’s debut album from 1957).
  • Joe Pass – Intercontinental (1970), on which the B-section of the arrangement below is based.
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53 thoughts on “Stompin’ at the Savoy”

  1. Matthew

    Hi Dirk, my guitar pro 6 will not open the gp file you left there is it a newer version?

    1. Dirk Laukens

      Hi Matthew, the file is made with Guitar Pro 7.5

  2. Mario

    Thank you so much. After practicing for few weeks, I can play this beautiful tune without any issues. Your method of teaching is perfect. I’ve improved as a guitarist because of your lessons.

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