Jazz Stuff

YouTube Playlists

  • Jazz performances of some tunes I've been working on...
  • And a few more favorites...
  • And some backing tracks
  • Out of Nowhere (Tunes & Tracks mixed)
  • Morningside ensemble tunes (partial list)
  • Note: "Out of Nowhere" was the name of a student ensemble I used to play with. I now play with a student jazz ensemble at the Morningside Music Studio.


    If you use the published ("legal") Real Books, you may have often wished there was a combined index to all of them. Well a couple of people have put them together, including this guy...

    Flash Cards

    You can use the following files to construct sets of flash cards for different "chord spellings". The PDFs below are set up for Avery 5164 or 8163 Labels. Print them to labels and stick on opposite sides of index cards to make flash cards. They should be printed actual size not "fit" or "shrunk", preferably in color. In the chord spellings, the root and 5th degrees are printed in blue; the 3rd and 7th in red. The chord spellings are written using flats and double flats where appropriate, even if the flat note is played the same as an unflatted note; i.e., "Cb" for the 7th in a Db7 chord; not "B" and Bbb for the 3rd in a Gb-7 chord. Where this is done, the equivalent note is written below the chord spelling in parentheses.

    To make the flash cards, the chord name goes on one side of an index card, the chord spelling on the other.

    I did all this to make flash cards for myself, then decided I'd spent WAY too much time on it, but at least maybe somebody else could get some benefit from it.

    Interval/Ear Training References

    Here is my list of song references for interval training:

    Interval Reference Song Ascending Descending Reference
    m2 Nice Work if You Can Get It ("Hold-ing..") Stella by Starlight
    M2 People; Happy Birthday (2nd & 3rd) Satin Doll
    m3 Alone Together Hey Jude
    M3 "Oh When the Saints..." Swing Low Sweet Chariot
    P4 Taps; "Here Comes the Bride..." Born Free
    A4/D5 (TT) Dance in the Gym from West Side Story Dance Macabre
    P5 Hunting horn... ("Ta-dah!, Ta-dah, Ta-dah...") Flintstones
    m6 Manha de Carnaval (from Black Orfeus) Love Story Theme
    M6 My Bonnie (Lies Over the Ocean) Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
    m7 Somewhere (from West Side Story... "There's A...") An American in Paris
    M7 "BA-li HAI" (1st & 3rd notes of chorus of Bali Hai) I Love You (Cole Porter)
    P8 Over the Rainbow ("Some-where...") Willow Weep for Me

    Here are some other good lists:

    And here's an app (requires Java):
    Big Ears Ear Training Application

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