Post Category: Jazz & Improvisation

Shawn Maxwell’s Expectation and Experience Album

Shawn Maxwell is an amazing saxophonist and composer based in Chicago and his new record comes out on FRIDAY! We met back in 2000 on a cruise ship and have kept in touch over the years. He wrote 17...

All About the Jazz Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progression

This tutorial is all about the 2-5-1 Progression in Minor.  If you have already studied the 2-5-1 in Major, you will notice that they are almost identical outside a few changes. You can read/watch the...

Random Songs I Like #15 – Ladies in Mercedes

Random Songs I Like Week #15: Ladies in Mercedes is a brilliant composition by jazz bassist and composer Steve Swallow, with hysterical lyrics by British jazz vocalist Norma Winstone.  This song has...

The Jazz 2-5-1 Chord Progression

People hear the words “jazz theory” and immediately freak out a little.  The concept of jazz theory sounds so difficult and elusive, that I think is inhibits a lot of people from trying to...

Photograph Jobim Piano Cover

Photograph is a gorgeous Bossa Nova by Brazilian master composer Antonio Carlos Jobim with English lyrics by Ray Gilbert.   For this series, I will be posting a new song every week from every...

Improvise Your Way to 2 Handed Independence

Do your left and right hands have a hard time playing together?  In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to improvise your way to two-handed independence. Maybe you struggle when you try to play...

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