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B Blues

B Blues is not a common blues in jazz. Since it is only a half step away from Bb, which is a common blues,...

Bb Blues

The Bb blues is a common blues in jazz music. Examples include Tenor Madness or Monk's Blues At 5 Spot. This one is certainly...

Use of Melodic Minor scale in Stella by Starlight

When you play over a minor ii-V chord progression, such as the first two chords of Stella by Starlight (which you expect to resolve...

Willow Weep for Me

Willow Weep for Me seems like one of those tunes that was in a musical or movie at some point, but that isn't the...

St. Thomas Sonny Rollins Solo Transcription

This is one of the greatest solos of all time!  I've always loved this solo, but when I started transcribing it I noticed how...

Bending the Blue Notes-Guest Post by Andrew Meronek

An analytical approach to finding colorful blue notes by Andrew Meronek To view as a pdf-Blues_Notes_and_the_Harmonic_Series (.pdf) Jazz is a music of dancing, virtuosity, anger, laughter, and...

Take the A Train

Take The A Train was written in 1939 by Billy Strayhorn for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The title refers to the, at the time,...

Honeysuckle Rose

This standard is the basis for another standard, Bird's composition Scrapple from the Apple. Bird took the A section of these changes and made...

Jazz Style Periods-Guest Post by Brent Jensen

Do you need to brush up on your jazz history a little bit? Here's a nice reference guide by my friend Brent Jensen. Brent...

On Green Dolphin Street in (C)

On Green Dolphin Street is one of our 10 Mother Tunes.  This famous tune was made for a 1947 movie, "Green Dolphin Street," and...

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