Tom Harrell “Number Five”

Tom Harrell is a fantastic post-bop trumpet player, one of the best around. His May 2012 album "Number Five" is a thrilling mix of standards and originals. The album features Wayne Escoffery on tenor...

Blast from the Past: John Coltrane “Ballads”

Click above to purchase John Coltrane's Ballads Learn Jazz Standards looks back this week at John Coltrane's 1963 release of Ballads. Joining Coltrane is Jimmy Garrison on bass, McCoy Tyner on Piano, and Elvin Jones...

Eldar Djangirov “Breakthrough”

  Learn Jazz Standards.com is proud to promote world-renowned pianist Eldar Djangirov's 2013 release of "Breakthrough". Joining Djangirov for this album is longtime band mates Ludwig Afonso on drums and Armando Gola on bass. While...
Problem with Jazz Band

The Existential Problem with Jazz Band

Jazz education has been institutionalized.  For decades now, you have been able to find a form of jazz education in countless middle schools, high schools, and colleges.  In a way that helps to propel the...

The 3 Most Important Jazz Guitarists of All Time

I get asked time to time, who I think the most important jazz guitarists are. This can be a tough question to answer because jazz guitar has had such a rich history of incredible...
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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...

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 of them as icons of immeasurable talent. In jazz circles...

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...

Gilad Hekselman “This Just In”

  Learn Jazz Standards.com is proud to promote guitarist Gilad Hekselman's 2013 release of "This Just In". Joining Hekselman on this record is Marcus Gilmore on drums, Joe Martin on bass, and Mark Turner on tenor...

What Jazz Will Sound Like In 10 Years

Jazz is an evolving music. It's not a music that is stuck in the past, although some may be either uneducated or mislead to believe that it is. Jazz is flexible, adaptive, and elusive....

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