One classic jazz standard that everybody needs to know is Just Friends. This is a great tune that explores diatonic jazz harmony but with some twist and turns and some great harmonic lessons. 

So, in today’s video, I’m going to go on a full-on in-depth chords analysis of Just Friends, so we can understand how these chord progressions work.

Important Links and Resources

Suggested Resource:

This lesson comes out of my brand new eBook and Companion Course “The Jazz Standards Playbook Vol. 2.” Check it out.

Further Reading:

Making Pentatonic Scales Musical Over Just Friends

30 Stepsto Better Jazz Playing


  1. Harmonically the first 5 bars of Just Friends are referred to as a subdominant cadens. Why don t call it that? Best,

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.