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Welcome to Learn Jazz Standards! This is the place to call home for all who want to become better jazz musicians. We strive to bring accessible jazz education to every corner of the world. Jazz tips, resources, and advice are clicks away. It’s time to get started!

Do you want to become a better jazz musician?

You’re in the right place!

Learn Jazz Standards is all about providing jazz education to the masses. We’re here to inspire, instruct, and help you along your jazz journey. We provide tools to help you become a better jazz musician through our blog and podcast, and resources to help you learn jazz standards. We’re all in this together and we want to be there to help you along.

Who we are

My name is Brent Vaarstra and I am a professional jazz musician, author, blogger, podcaster, and teacher living in New York City. My passion is playing jazz and there is nothing more exciting to me than spreading this music around

Between me, our tech expert Justin Kellerer, an assortment of different podcast guests and guest bloggers, we provide 3-4 new jazz articles, lessons, and podcasts a week.

The Big Three

On Learn Jazz Standards, we offer tons of information on learning jazz and they are all presented through our three different mediums: The Blog, The Podcast, and the Index of Jazz Standards.

Do you prefer to read? Then our blog is for you. Look up everything from jazz licks, etudes, opinion articles and more. We have it.

Do you prefer to listen? Then the LJS Podcast is for you. We come out with one new episode a week, and it is hosted by yours truly. We often have special guests, and occasionally a big name musician comes through.

Do you want to learn jazz standards? Then head straight to the Index of Jazz Standards. It’s all in the name. This was how the website originally started. Just the index. Our index has a lot of jazz standards that you can look up. Each jazz standard page provides a bio, chord charts for C, Bb, and Eb instruments, a play-along and popular recordings so you can listen.

What do you want to learn?

There’s a ton of incredible content that we’ve published over the years in our blog, podcast, and Index. It can be a bit overwhelming, and that’s why we’ve created 6 portals to help you find the jazz information you need. These are the top things our users look for:

Learn jazz standards

Get jazz tips and advice

Learn jazz theory

Get help with practicing jazz

Work on Ear Training

Play better jazz solos

Get connected

If you want to get on the inside of everything we do here, become part of the Learn Jazz Standards community. The best way to do that is to join our newsletter. Not only will you be getting free jazz tips and advice every week, you will be getting things that regular users just simply don’t. For signing up, you’ll also get our eBook “A Jazz Guide to Practicing” for free!

Need to know more?

Be sure to check out our FAQ page to find answers to all of our most commonly asked questions, including those about product purchases made on our site. If you still need some help, contact us! We love to hear from our readers and listeners and are ready to help. Since we do get a lot of emails, be advised that it may take up to a few days to hear back. We appreciate your patience!

If you’d like a more detailed briefing on Learn Jazz Standards, who we are, and our history, head over to our About Page.

For your convenience, here are some quick portals so you can get your questions answered and get connected with us!


On behalf of myself and the rest of the LJS team, we sincerely hope you find lots of help for your jazz playing here. Be sure to also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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