Why Jazz Musicians Can Be The Biggest Jerks

I just can't take it any longer. I've held it in for a while, but now I just have to come out and say it: Jazz musicians have been some of the meanest, cruelest, whining, egotistical...

One Thing The Best Jazz Musicians Do That Others Don’t

Since the very first day I started getting serious about jazz, I've pondered over and over again what it is exactly that made the jazz greats so great. Whenever I go to shows of...

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 the laughs and pass on the humor. Here are some...

6 Important Jazz Musicians You Need To Know

When people come up to me and ask: "What jazz musicians should I check out?" or "If I want to get into jazz, which musicians are the most important to listen to?", I usually...

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 truly get it. At the end of the day, listening to...
Why Vibing is bad for Jazz

Why “Vibing” is Bad for Jazz

What is "vibing" in jazz, and why does it happen?  If you've been around the music very long, you may have experienced "vibing."  "Vibing" is a mean-spirited attitude toward other musicians and the way they...

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 are bad, or that it's a dumb question. It's that...

The (Whole) Truth About Jazz Vocabulary

Guest post by Josiah Boornazian. An Important Question In this post, I want to focus on some of the philosophical and practical concerns that arise when we ask the question “how do I learn and develop...

The Most Important Jazz Albums of All Time

Normally, I would go ahead and list for you a handful of jazz records that historically have been noted as "the most important" time and time again; the ones everyone can agree upon. But I...
Sex Drugs Alcohol Jazz

Sex, Drugs, Alcohol and Jazz

Anyone who has ever studied jazz history probably knows that its unruly cast of characters was often loaded on drugs and alcohol.  Charlie Parker, one of jazz's most iconic heroes, died very young because of...

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