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LJS 173: Taking the Blues Through All 12 Keys (How and Why to Do...

Welcome to episode 173 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about the importance of blues, and why you should take it into all 12 keys. Jazz is a music that emerged from the blues and therefore jazz language is steeped in it. If you can play the blues in any key your jazz improv skills will be miles ahead. In this episode, I demonstrate myself taking the blues through all 12 keys and how you can too! View Show Notes: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/episode173 Sign up for the Newsletter: https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/newsletter/

Musicians Must Get Paid!

This article is a follow up to 3 Reasons Why You Need To Stop Playing Gigs For Free, in which I talk about how our musical economy has been severely damaged by musicians playing...
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James Farm “James Farm”

This week LearnJazzStandards.com is proud to promote James Farm's 2011 premier self-entitled release. Formed in 2009, James Farm is an acoustic jazz quartet consisting of saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and...
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Jazz Styles-Hard Bop

This video is the fifth in a series of lectures on jazz history. Brent Jensen is a saxophonist on the Origin record label. He also teaches jazz at the College of Southern Idaho. There...
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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 with that.  You should never learn a transcription without listening...

Joel Frahm “Don’t Explain”

  Learn Jazz Standards.com is proud to promote saxophonist Joel Frahm's 2003 release of "Don't Explain". Joining Frahm on this duo recording is his long-time friend and pianist Brad Mehldau. The two musicians grew up in...

3 Things Music School Didn’t Teach Me

It's graduation season, and here on the bustling streets of New York the evidence is everywhere.  Caps and gowns can be seen riding the trains, hopping into cabs, and posing for graduation selfies.  You...

How to Improvise Over “Stella By Starlight”

Stella By Starlight is arguably one of the most popular jazz standards of all time. As one of the most commonly called “workhorse” songs on gigs and jam sessions, this is a must-know tune...

Terence Blanchard “Bounce”

Click above to purchase Terence Blanchard's Bounce Learn Jazz Standards.com is proud to promote world-renowned trumpeter Terence Blanchard's 2004 release of Bounce. Joining Blanchard for this release is a host of incredible musicians: Brice Winston...

How to Become a Professional Musician

I get emails from readers from time to time, asking me if they should pursue music as a profession. They always start by telling me how passionate they are about music and how they...

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