Montgomery-Ward bridge in C Play
Montgomery-Ward bridge with ii–Vs in C Play

In jazz music, the Montgomery-Ward bridge (also Riepel's Monte) is a standard chord progression often used as the bridge, or 'B section', of a jazz standard. The progression consists, in its most basic form, of the chords I7–IV7–ii7–V7. Often, some or all of the dominants are substituted with ii–V progressions or otherwise altered. This is used in such standards as "The Sunny Side of the Street", "When You're Smiling", "Satin Doll",[1] and particularly "Honeysuckle Rose".[2]

Eight bars:[2]

v7 I7 IV IV vi m7 II7 ii m7 V7 Play

See also


  1. ^ Rich, Scott, "Bridge Construction", Money Chords, Angel fire.
  2. ^ a b Holbrook, Morris B (2008), Playing the Changes on the Jazz Metaphor, Now Publishers, p. 104, ISBN 978-1-60198-172-1.