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C-Jam Blues is a great first jazz tune.  It’s so simple to learn the melody by ear, and yet it swings so hard that pros still love to jam on it. It’s a 12-bar blues, and the melody is the same 2-note phrase repeated 3 times (per chorus).

 

Videos to learn the melody/changes

Camden Hugheshttp://camdenhughes.com/
Camden is a working jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator currently living near Boise, ID. He teaches music at the Idaho Arts Charter School, and is the jazz adjunct professor at Northwest Nazarene University. Check out his music at www.camdenhughesmusic.com.

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  1. Hey brother thanks for all the info I have already added this sweet little tune to our list.. Man! I have been looking for some easy stuff for a change. I have played solid Blues and rock guitar all my life but somehow I find myself in a absurdly good jazz band without the least bit jazz knowledge, if it wasn’t for my voice they would probley toss me out..LOL

  2. I remember comping to this song my freshman year of high school in the bottom band. First guitar part I had read with real changes. Man, even with a two-note melody, I felt like the hippest little freshman in the band on this song. Not only is it a great jam, it’s nostalgic for just about everybody. Great post.

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