I'm trying to learn some clarinet just to play along with records and relax. I love Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong -- jazz from the twenties or thirties mostly.
My clarinet teacher gave me Mile Davis's So What because it's 'modal' and only has a couple chords, so it should be a lot easier for me to play along with than the kind of songs I like. But that's not going to work for me. I know the older songs have lots of chord changes, but I can whistle or sing some kind of solo along with them that sounds good to me. Nothing I sing or play along with So What is going to sound particularly good to me. I stumbled upon this great explanation here so I have a better sense of what my teacher is getting at. But I don't think I can do it.
It seems like there ought to be some relatively simple blues I might be able to do something with. I should stick close to Bb since I don't know my way around the clarinet that well. Maybe I'm totally wrong, but aren't there songs where you could bumble around a pentatonic scale on the tonic and sound basically ok through all the chord changes?
Besides some general advice about what I'm trying to do and simple-ish song I might be able to do it with -- any ideas about how I find specific recordings on spotify or whatever that would be in keys that would work for me?