The Chicken is a cool jazz funk standard composed by Pee Wee Ellis, saxophonist and member of James Brown’s band in the 60s. The Chicken first appeared as a B-side of a 1969 James Brown single called The Popcorn, but was later made famous by Jaco Pastorius, who made it his signature song. The chicken is a lot of fun to play, and below you’ll find the bass guitar tabs and a guitar arrangement of the theme.
Here’s the original James Brown version of the chicken:
Here’s a video of Jaco Pastorius and his band playing The Chicken. Other band members are Peter Erskine (drums), Don Alias (Percussion), Othello Molineaux (steelpan), Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Bob Mintzer (saxophone).
The bass guitar tabs:
Here’s a guitar arrangement for the theme: