|This section suggests definitive or otherwise significant recordings that will help jazz students get acquainted with
“Little Girl Blue.” These recordings have been selected from the Jazz History and
CD Recommendations sections.
Nina Simone is widely considered the definitive interpreter of “Little Girl Blue” and her first recording of the song, from 1957 (Little Girl Blue), is her most classic version. For a more straightforward reading of the song, Ella Fitzgerald’s 1956 live recording (Twelve Nights In Hollywood) is highly recommended. Jimmy Smith’s 1957 trio recording with Kenny Burrell (Standards) is a standout instrumental performance of the tune and demonstrates some of the blues undertones sometimes used when performing it.
Noah Baerman - Jazz Pianist and Educator