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Top Ten Underrated Jazz Musicians

Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington...these names are synonymous with jazz, and their brilliance shines bright. There are other players-Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny,...

Linda Oh “Sun Pictures”

// // Click above to purchase Linda Oh "Sun Pictures" Learn Jazz Standards.com is proud to promote bassist Linda Oh's 2013 release of Sun Pictures. Joining Oh for this quartet release is guitarist James Muller,...
ii-V-I (Tritone)

ii-V-I (With Tritone Sub) Chord Progression Workout

This is our ii-V-I (With Tritone Sub) Chord Progression Workout in our our series of Chord Progression Workouts. The difference between this progression and a regular ii-V-I, is that the V7 chord is being...

When You Hear a Legend

It isn't every day that you hear a jazz giant live!  Especially when you don't live in a huge metropolitan area. In the past 3 weeks, I've had the opportunity to hear Dave Liebman,...

Ear Training 101: Take the Intervals Test

One of the most important things for a jazz musician (or any musician) to develop is their ears. Improvisation requires the ability to create melodic and rhythmic ideas on the fly, and in order...

Odd Times: Strategies to Improve Your 7/4 Playing

In my first odd meter post, I talked about some of the ways you can approach learning how to play better in 5/4 time. In this follow-up, I want to take some of those...

Lick of the Week #9 Minor ii-V-i Using Melodic Minor

The lick of the week is back!  The PDF shows the lick transposed into all 12 keys, but it's good to do the work yourself and transpose the lick on your own without using...

The Right Way to Use the Diminished Scale

The diminished scale is one of the most useful and versatile tools for jazz improvisers. It has been covered on LJS before, but I want to try to offer an additional perspective on how...

How to Play Jazz Ballads Like a Pro

One of my favorite things about jazz is the range of musical expression it offers. Along with that comes a range of tempos, slow and fast, with different melodic stylings. Of these expressions, I...

LJS 71: Why The “Vibing” Culture In Jazz Has to Go

Welcome to episode 71 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about why the "vibing" culture in jazz has to go. Vibing is best defined as a mean-spirited attitude towards another musician and the way they play the music. It's a toxic environment that sometimes exists at jam sessions, gigs, and in jazz communities. It's time for it to go. Listen in!

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