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Why Jazz Isn’t Defined By Your Personal Taste

In recent years I’ve noticed what I feel is a troubling trend among some – but, to be fair, not all – jazz musicians...

92 Modern Jazz Albums You Need to Listen to

On Learn Jazz Standards I often encourage listening to lots of jazz music. If you aren't listening to the music you simply won't ever...

What’s the True Meaning Behind Jazz Music?

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you love jazz. Deep down, many of us know why we love jazz, even if we can’t...

Don’t Be a Jazz Snob!

Jazz snobs. I know my fair share of them. Most musicians I know are in the jazz circles, and while I wouldn't categorize most...

The Pros and Cons of Being a Multi-Instrumentalist

I received an email from an LJS subscriber a few weeks ago, which described a fairly common predicament in the music world. This musician...

A Jazz Mentor I’m Thankful For and What He Taught Me

I often share jazz tips and advice on this blog and on our podcast, but truthfully I didn't come up with it all myself....

How the Jazz Greats Became Great

Often when we think of jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Sonny Rollins, and a host of others, we think...

15 Hilarious Jazz Jokes

I've heard a lot of great jazz jokes, both from musicians I know and those floating around the internet. In an effort to spread...

Deep Song: The Suffering of Billie Holiday

While reading, listen to Billie Holidays "Deep Song". Human suffering has the ability to kindle the flames that forge art. Love that has been misguided,...

Why Scales Are Ruining Your Jazz Playing

One of the questions I get that makes me cringe the most is "What scales can I play over...(a jazz standard)". It's not that scales...

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