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Ceora

Ceora is a great bossa, a jazz original by Lee Morgan.  This tune isn't an easy bossa nova, but it's well worth the effort to learn.  The...

My Little Suede Shoes

My Little Suede Shoes is a very catchy, lyrical tune.  It's one of the most accessible tunes Bird wrote.  Many of his tunes had...

44 Essential Jazz Recordings-Guest Post by Brent Jensen

Brent Jensen is the Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Southern Idaho.  He is also an amazing saxophonist and recording artist for...

So What

This jazz standard is the first tune on Miles Davis' classic record, "Kind of Blue."  It's the top jazz album of all time as...

Freddie Freeloader

This is a great standard tune by Miles Davis from his "Kind of Blue" album, which is touted by many to be the top-selling...

If You Ain’t Stealin’, You Ain’t Tryin’

Transcribe, transcribe, transcribe. Then transcribe some more. Listen to recordings. Watch jazz dvds and youtube videos. If you like someone’s solo, learn it! Learn...

On the Sunny Side of the Street

This is such a great standard tune, written in 1930 by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. At least, that's what history tells us. Rumor...

Doxy

Doxy is an easy jazz original by Sonny Rollins. It's one of the first tunes that many jazz musicians learn. Ray Brown also wrote a...

Transposing for the Jazz Musician

Do you remember coloring by number when you were a kid? Well, jazz musicians should have, in their arsenal of tricks, the ability to...

Blue Monk

Blue Monk was written by Thelonious Monk. This is often one of the first 12 bar blues tunes that a jazz musician will learn....

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