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....

St. Thomas

This is a nice, easy latin tune by Sonny Rollins.  It is a very good tune for beginners, but it is a nice tune...

All The Things You Are

All the Things You Are was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for the Broadway musical "Very Warm for Me," which debuted...

Indiana

Indiana, also known as Back Home Again In Indiana, is a tune written by Ballard MacDonald and James Hanley. This song is perhaps the...

What Jazz Standards Should I Learn?

The unfortunate reality is that we only have 24 hours in a day. Most of us lead busy lives, and unless you are doing...

Blue Bossa

"Blue Bossa" is a popular standard by the great jazz trumpet player Kenny Dorham. It is one of the first tunes that many jazz...

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