Its fun to take tunes, especially ones that have little in the way of harmony, and spice them up some by “reharmonizing” them. Melodies are just melodies until chord changes are added to them to add give them some color, emotion and “spices” using jazz harmony.
Reharmonizing tunes should be something that you practice regularly. Even if you are not a piano player by trade, you should have a good conception of how to reharmonize melodies in a jazz style.
In this video, I show you and play for you the reharmonization I did on the classic Christmas melody Silent Night. This tune was written with basically just three chords – the I, IV and V7 chords. Pretty boring. With some extra jazz chords added, the tune becomes a nice tune to play in a jazz setting, as a solo piece, or even a trio or quartet. The changes are now fun to blow solos on.
Hope you like this video and it gives you some insight into what you can do with simple melodies like this.