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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...

My Funny Valentine

My Funny Valentine was written by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart (before there was Rogers and Hammerstein).  It's from "Babes In Arms,"  a 1937...

Handout for Teaching Beginning Jazz Improvisation

Teaching improvisation can be a daunting task. How do I teach kids how to invent a solo from thin air? I am the lead...

Blues for Alice

Blues for Alice on Learn Jazz Standards is a great way to improve your ability to play more inside the changes with bebop ideas....

Blues for Alice-Bird’s Solo Transcription!

Here's the updated version of Charlie Parker's three chorus solo on Blues for Alice.  Make sure to listen to the recording and learn it...

Rhythmic Ideas for Improvisation

Have you ever wanted to increase the rhythmic interest of your improvisations? Try using hemiola and over-the-bar-line rhythmic patterns to try some new ideas....

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