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LJS 56: 8 Reasons Why Jazz Musicians Should Shed Classical

Welcome to episode 56 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 8 reasons why jazz musicians should shed classical. That's right, classical music. How can classical music help you become a better jazz musician? Special guest Josiah Boornazian gives us the pitch. Listen in!

Scott Reeves Quintet “Shape Shifter”

Click above to purchase the Scott Reeves Quintet's Shape Shifter Learn Jazz Standards is proud to promote trombonist, alto flugelhornist, and composer Scott Reeves' 2009 release of Shape Shifter: Live at Cecil's. Joining Reeves for...

How to Plan a Month of Effective Jazz Practicing

I get emails every week from aspiring jazz musicians asking me about practicing. They desperately want to become better jazz musicians, but they feel discouraged. They feel as if the mountain is just too...

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...
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Ambrose Akinmusire “When The Heart Emerges Glistening”

  Learn Jazz is proud to promote trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and his latest 2011 release "When The Heart Emerges Glistening." His band features Gerald Clayton on piano, Walter Smith III on tenor saxophone, Harish...
Creating Smooth Transitions When Improvising Over Odd Time Signatures

Creating Smooth Transitions When Improvising Over Odd Time Signatures

There is nothing scarier than coming to a gig, and suddenly the band leader pulls out a chart, and the first thing you see is a bunch of different time signatures all over it. I remember...

LJS 18: Jazz Talk With Larry Koonse (Part 1)

Welcome to episode 18 of the LJS Podcast where today we talk with internationally renowned jazz guitarist Larry Koonse. LJS guest blogger Peter Rubie conducts Part 1 of this interview, and they talk about Larry's musical beginnings and much more. Listen in!

Terence Blanchard “Bounce”

Click above to purchase Terence Blanchard's Bounce Learn Jazz 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...

Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays “Modern Music”

  Learn Jazz is proud to promote pianists Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays 2011 release of "Modern Music". This duo record features the incredible composing and arranging of Patrick Zimmerli. Among the repertoire explored...

I7-IV7 Chord Progression Workout

This is our I7-IV7 Chord Progression Workout.  You probably recognize this progression from playing a blues, which is probably the most common scenario you would see a dominant I chord followed by a dominant...


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