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Chano and Dizzy

Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard “Chano y Dizzy”

Poncho Sanchez and Terrence 2011 record, Chano y Dizzy, celebrates Dizzy Gillespie and his groundbreaking music with Chano Pozo.  Chano and Dizzy were instrumental in the development of Afro-Cuban jazz, fusing Cuban rhythms with...
Homes Front Cover

Gilad Hekselman “Homes”

In regards to New York City based jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman, one thing is abundantly clear: he continues to establish himself as one of the most brilliant and creative voices on the scene today....
8 Minor ii-V-i Licks

8 Minor ii-V-i Licks

Learning jazz language is one of the most important things that a jazz musician can do. We do this by listening, transcribing, and taking phrases and lines through all 12 keys. To help you in...

Vic Juris “Free Admission”

  Learn Jazz Standards.com is proud to promote renowned guitarist Vic Juris' 2012 release of "Free Admission". Joining Juris for this record is his steady working trio featuring Jay Anderson on bass and Anthony Pinciotti on...

Tony Monaco’s Approach to Organ Bass

Yesterday I wrote an article about the #1 Myth of the Hammond Organ, which has to do with whether organists play bass lines with their hands or with their feet.  It seemed to spark a...

How to Comp On The Drums Like Elvin Jones

Elvin Ray Jones was born September 9, 1927, in Pontiac, Michigan. He grew up in a musical home of jazz musicians. Hank Jones and Tad Jones, both legendary and innovative musicians, are Elvin's brothers....
3 secrets of the Diminished Scale

Secrets of the Diminished Scale

There are 12 major scales. It would seem to follow there are 12 of any other type of scale,  one for each chromatic note. However, this is not the case.  Because of their symmetry,...
Practicing Away from the Instrument Effectively and Using Jazz as Therapy

LJS 126: Practicing Away from the Instrument Effectively and Using Jazz as Therapy (feat....

Welcome to episode 126 of the LJS Podcast where today we are doing a coaching call with current 30 Steps to Better Jazz Playing student, Joyce Kettering. Joyce has an inspiring reason why she started learning jazz. We spend some time talking about that, and how she can effectively practice even when she doesn't have access to her instrument. Listen in!

Encyclopedia of Left-Hand Jazz Piano Voicings

This PDF will be a BIG help to many jazz pianists and other instrumentalists who want to get better at voicing chords in their left hand! Many players could benefit from having this reference sheet,...

Ear Training 101: Hearing 2 Intervals In a Row

For this next test in our Ear Training 101 series, we are going to be turning up the heat a little bit with our interval recognition skills. It's one thing to be able to recognize...

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