We help musicians of all instruments start improvising confidently over jazz standards in as little as 30 days without mind-numbing hours of practice or the overwhelm.
We’re excited to guide you on your jazz journey, so allow us to share our journey of how we became one of the most renowned jazz education websites in the world
I began my interest in jazz when joining the jazz combo class at my local high school in Boise, Idaho. Coming from a background in progressive rock and styles that included
improvisation, jazz seemed to be the pinnacle of musical freedom.
After some bad experiences working “real jobs,” I committed myself to never making money from anything other than music ever again, which has held true to this day. I began teaching private guitar lessons and for a local music lesson studio.
I decided definitively that I wanted to be a professional jazz musician. I took a gap year between high school and college to study with my local jazz mentor, practicing up to 8 hours a day and gigging every week. The next year I went to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, where I studied with incredible musicians such as guitarist Dave Peterson and the late bassist Chuck Deardorf.
We started out as a simple website where musicians could find resources for learning jazz standards, such as chord charts, backing tracks, and recording playlists.
I packed my bags and moved to New York City, the international hub for jazz. I graduated from City College of New York with a Bachelor’s in Jazz Performance, where I studied with some of the best jazz musicians in the world, such as John Patittuci, Peter Bernstein, the late Vic Juris, and Steve Cardenas.
I began gigging regularly at clubs, restaurants, and private parties while building a private lesson studio.
Learn Jazz Standards was quickly becoming a popular resource for musicians all over the world, with over 100,000 users each month. We launched our first product, a jazz etudes eBook and business began to take off! Meanwhile, our growing success grabbed the attention of the music book publication company, Hal Leonard, who I went on to sign two book deals with.
We launched our podcast which today has garnered over 3.5 million downloads, and we started regularly posting free lessons on our YouTube channel which has amassed over 170k subscribers. We also published our first book on Amazon which immediately became a Best Seller in the Music Instruction category.
We launched our Inner Circle membership. We focus on learning one new jazz standard each month which we believe is the highest leverage activity you can do to improve your jazz playing. We provide all the tools you need to succeed even if you don’t have a lot of time to practice. Members also enjoy access to all of our courses, monthly live Q&As, and a community of like-minded musicians playing all sorts of instruments.
Today thousands of musicians just like you use the Learn Jazz Standards Inner Circle to improve their jazz playing every day. We’ve helped musicians of all instruments learn to play jazz, and start taking jazz solos they are actually proud of.
With over 10,000 students between our membership and courses, we are confident we can help you reach your jazz goals no matter how much time you have to practice, or how much natural talent you think you have.
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We help musicians of all instruments start improvising confidently over jazz standards in just 30 days without mind-numbing hours of practice or the overwhelm.
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