Bud Powell Shows How It’s Done on “Parisian Thoroughfare” (LOTW #174)

Watch as Bud Powell Shows How Its Done on "Parisian Thoroughfare"

Bud Powell was the originator of Bebop piano playing. Watch as he shows how he masterfully plays changes in this excerpt from his trademark tune, “Parisian Thoroughfare.” CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION OF THE LICK If you have questions or suggestions for a Lick Of The Week you would like us to do, please […]

Cedar Walton “Clockwise” Riff (LOTW #173)

Learn Cedar Walton's "Clockwise" Riff

Check out the opening riff from Cedar Walton’s renowned composition,”Clockwise.” After ascending up an E major triad, he goes back down by way of a C major seventh sound. Dig this, and develop your own compositional ideas! CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION OF THE LICK If you have questions or suggestions for a Lick […]

Oscar Plays the Blues On “Love For Sale” (LOTW #172)

Learn how Oscar Plays the Blues on "Love for Sale"

We love Oscar Peterson for his ability to play beautiful lines over chord changes, but most of all for his bluesy solo ideas! Check out this passage from “Love For Sale” off of the album Oscar Peterson Plays the Cole Porter Songbook, it ain’t nothin’ but the blues!! CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION OF […]

A Swinging Solo Break by Red Garland on “A Foggy Day” (LOTW #171)

Here is Red Garland’s solo break from a classic album of his, “A Garland of Red” (1957). There is some quintessential playing from Red on this record that is definitely worth checking out! https://youtu.be/9O5UwrR2Nt4 CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION OF THE LICK If you have questions or suggestions for a Lick Of The Week […]

Gerald Clayton Plays it Cool on Strasbourg St. Denis (LOTW #170)

learn how Gerald Clayton plays it cool on Strasbourg St. Denis

Gerald Clayton lays down possibly one of the most grooving solos of all time over Roy Hargrove’s jam tune “Strasbourg St. Denis.” At the end of several choruses of pure groove, he plays it cool with a line which sidesteps its way outside of the changes. Follow along with the notation to see how he […]

Red Garland’s Signature Blues Lick (LOTW #169)

learn jazz piano with Red Garland's signature blues lick

Red Garland sure knows how to play the blues! Listen to his blues-playing on “Blues by Five” from the classic recording session by the Miles Davis Quintet in 1957. At the top of his second solo chorus, he begins a triplet line with his signature blues lick. This is a good one to add to […]

Duke Ellington’s Famous Intro to “In A Sentimental Mood” (LOTW #168)

learn jazz piano with Duke Ellington's famous intro

From his iconic collaboration with John Coltrane in 1963, Duke’s introduction to his composition “In a Sentimental Mood” is treasured in the jazz community. Players often refer back to it when performing this tune, try it out for yourself next time you go to play it! CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION OF THE LICK […]

Mulgrew Miller Altered Dominant Lick (LOTW #167)

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Mulgrew Miller lays down this line over his solo break on the standard tune  “If I Should Lose You” from his 2006 album Live at the Kennedy Center. His altered notes over the dominant chord lead into what will be an eventful solo filled with post-bop language. CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION OF THE […]

Kenny Barron Kills This Line On His Own Tune (LOTW #166)

Kenny Baron Kills This Improv Lick on His Own Tune

“Voyage” is a modal tune that has made its way into the canon and has become a true jazz standard. Kenny Barron shows us how it’s done beginning in the first chorus as he navigates the chord changes of his own tune.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9eZUvwoFgE CLICK HERE TO GET A TRANSCRIPTION OF THE LICK If you have […]

Oscar Peterson’s Famous C-Jam Blues Solo Break (LOTW #165)

Oscar Peterson's Famous C-Jam Blues Solo Break (LOTW #165)

Well folks, this is an absolute must know when it comes to solo breaks! This Oscar Peterson solo break on “C-Jam Blues” is one of the most famous solo breaks in jazz history. It’s an absolute must know in everyone’s repertoire.  Do you know it?  If not, then you better get to it! 🙂 https://youtu.be/Vke26Huj0RA […]