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Jazz At The Movies: 5 Cinematic Covers

Great family films make a lasting impression on viewers young and old, thanks in part to memorable songs that cement themselves in viewers' memories. Three of the songs below are so widely known and loved that they hold a place on the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Songs list, which notes a hundred of the most memorable songs in a century of American cinema.

Jazz musicians have long embraced popular songs from Broadway musicals, film and television, and made those songs their own. The very nature of jazz as a style is improvisation, so when jazz musicians take on a popular tune, they usually expand upon the basic melody you remember from the movie and turn it into something more.

The five songs below each feature a take on a well-known song from a family-friendly movie. Please tell us about your favorite film-related tunes in the comments section below.

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Shaunna Morrison Machosky