One great jazz standard that is packed full of musical and harmonic lessons is All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern.

There is just so much we can learn just from this one tune. And a lot of my students and subscribers wonder how to get started with improvising over tunes like this. They feel overwhelmed.

So, in today’s video, I’m going to be breaking down All the Things You Are as an example, and what I would do if I was starting from scratch trying to learn how to improvise over this standard.

Important Links and Resources

Suggested Resource:

Mentioned in this video, my eBook and course “The Jazz Standards Playbook.” You can check that out here.

Further Reading:

How to Improvise Over All The Things You Are

30 Stepsto Better Jazz Playing


  1. Because of my stinking job, I can’t practice as much as I need,plus I live in a townhouse with paper thin walls. So I try to practice when I think that my neighbors are out. I can play decent by ear and I’ve been asked to play tomorrow at a small function. The tunes I’d chosen to perform are jazz standards and I’m hoping that I can wing it!! I love jazz!

  2. This is probably the most powerful "How To" tutorial I've experienced! It boils it all down to a step by step universal approach to LJS. Thanks Brett!

  3. Great lesson on "All the things you are". I already have your Zero to Improv eBook and am gradually working through that. I'm hoping to start up a "intermediate" level piano, bass, drums trio, playing traditional jazz standards. In my youth, I played trombone in a Dixieland and got very interested in playing piano. Any tips for the proposed jazz trio ?
    Best regards, John

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