High Five

5 jazz standards that made mark on hip-hop anthems from Meghan Stabile

Blues is an acknowledged influence on hip-hop, but jazz is seldom discussed in that context. As part of Berklee College of Music’s Summer in the City series, this weekend’s Jazz at the Fort concert will make that connection more apparent. Presented by Revive Music Group, Hip Hop 1942 will feature ensembles performing a jazz composition and then demonstrating how it was used in a hip-hop song.

“Basically we haven’t really seen a lot of concerts that bridge the gap between jazz standards that were in fact sampled by prominent producers in hip-hop,” says Meghan Stabile, founder and president of Revive Music Group and a Berklee alum. “We wanted to help educate audiences about how important jazz was to hip-hop.”


We recently asked Stabile for five jazz standards that made a mark on hip-hop anthems.

1. “Impressions,” McCoy Tyner’s version of the John Coltrane song. (Sampled by Black Sheep for “The Choice Is Yours (Revisited).”)

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2. “A Night in Tunisia,” Dizzy Gillespie. (Sampled by Gang Starr for “Words I Manifest.”)

3. “Yesterdays,” Clifford Brown. (Sampled by KRS-One for “MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know.”)

4. “Green Dolphin Street,” Lucky Thompson. (Sampled by A Tribe Called Quest for “Jazz (We’ve Got).”)


5. “Think Twice,” Donald Byrd. (Sampled by J Dilla for his own version of “Think Twice.”)


Jazz at the Fort will be held at Roxbury’s Highland Park on Fort Avenue, Sunday, 5 p.m. Free. 617 747-6057,

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