A Blazing Intro by Bud Powell on “Sweet Georgia Brown” (LOTW #260)

Bud Powell was known for his ability to play tunes in a blazing bebop jazz style. “Sweet Georgia Brown” was often used as a vehicle to show how fast the best musicians could play. Check out Bud’s blazing intro to this tune from his record Jazz Giant (1954). Enjoy! https://youtu.be/faSjyWbJBQM CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL […]

A “Dreamy” Solo by Oscar Peterson (LOTW #251)

Following last week’s LOTW, here is a taste of Oscar’s solo on “You Stepped out of a Dream” from the album Tristeza (1993). This whole solo is killing, certainly worth checking out! Enjoy! https://youtu.be/4Vt9L_fz28o CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LICK BOOK (UPDATED MONTHLY) If you have questions or suggestions for a Lick Of The Week […]

A Hard-Hitting Block Chord Intro by Oscar Peterson (LOTW #250)

Oscar Peterson’s trio was known not only for their fantastic swing feel and burning tempos, but also for their knockout arrangements! Here is an intro Oscar plays on “You Stepped Out of a Dream” from the album Tristeza (1993) which features 4 and 5-note block chords. For a tutorial on these type of chords, check […]

List of Over 50 Jazz Blues Tunes to Know

When learning jazz music, it is important to remember that “the blues” is not just simply a scale… “The blues” is a style, a feeling, a whole genre unto itself.    The best way to learn about the blues (without your wife leaving you, your dog running away, or losing your trusty pickup truck) is […]

Thelonious Monk’s intro to “Brilliant Corners” (LOTW #249)

Here is an intro to one of Monk’s signature tunes “Brilliant Corners.” It features some dissonant intervals over a series of dominant chords, which stay true to form for Monk’s unique pianistic style. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/4Vt9L_fz28o CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LICK BOOK (UPDATED MONTHLY) If you have questions or suggestions for a Lick Of The […]

A Minor Solo from Kenny Barron on “Beautiful Love” (LOTW #248)

Minor language is essential for every jazz pianist’s complete toolkit. Listen how jazz master Kenny Barron plays over the minor chord changes here in the first few bars of “Beautiful Love.” Enjoy! https://youtu.be/7MPEFFUCUO4 CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LICK BOOK (UPDATED MONTHLY) If you have questions or suggestions for a Lick Of The Week you […]

A Signature Lick by Mulgrew Miller on “Up Jumped Spring” (LOTW #247)

Spring is on it’s way! Let’s celebrate with a signature lick by Mulgrew from a recording with vibraphonist Steve Nelson on the jazz standard tune “Up Jumped Spring” on his album Sound Effect (2007). Enjoy! https://youtu.be/4Vt9L_fz28o CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LICK BOOK (UPDATED MONTHLY) If you have questions or suggestions for a Lick Of […]

Bud Powell’s Blazing Opening Line on “Cherokee” (LOTW #246)

Here is an excerpt from bebop legend Bud Powell’s take on the standard tune, “Cherokee.” Bud plays some blazing lines on this track, the rest is definitely worth checking out to see how it’s done! Enjoy! https://youtu.be/1nXmijlCZZU CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LICK BOOK (UPDATED MONTHLY) If you have questions or suggestions for a Lick […]

“Melody for C” by Sonny Clark (LOTW #245)

Sonny Clark is widely known for his work as a sideman, but is often underappreciated as a composer. Here is a beautiful theme from a tune called “Melody for C” from the classic album “Leapin’ and Lopin’” (1961). Enjoy! https://youtu.be/4Vt9L_fz28o CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LICK BOOK (UPDATED MONTHLY) If you have questions or suggestions […]