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Afternoon In Paris

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“Afternoon In Paris” was written by pianist, composer and arranger John Lewis. Most commonly played in C major, this tune cycles through a couple different key centers (Bb, Ab), making this a fun tune to improvise on. Be sure to listen to multiple different recordings to get a sense of how it is played. Note that often the bridge pedals on a concert G during the head, excluding the last two bar turnaround.


Videos to learn the melody/changes

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. Hi Bret and team, I absolutely love what you've done here. I am just scratching the surface so far and will be downloading the 50 jazz standards. What is the format and content of the download. The website has all the backing tracks etc so what is different?

    • Glad to be of help, Roger! The 50 standards is a backing track album that includes mp3's and chord charts for each (just chord symbols, no melodies). There is no difference, other than you can have the actual file to use on any device rather than stream online.


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