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C Blues

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C Blues is a common blues key in jazz music. It is an especially popular key for Charlie Parker's bebop heads on the common...

B Blues

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...