Jazz Worksheets


Jazz is a music genre based on many styles that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. The main element that unites most of these styles is improvisation. ... Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression.


Key Features

  • Syncopation and swing rhythms
  • Walking bass
  • Cord extension 7th, 9th, 11th
  • Scat singing – singing to nonsense syllables instead of words
  • 12-bar blues chord pattern or other specific progressions like II, V, I
  • Blues scale – a major scale with flattened 3rd, 5th and 7th degrees
  • Comping – rhythmic chordal accompaniment on the piano, voicing
  • Stabs – usually on brass
  • Glissando, clusters, experimental sound creations
  • Improvisation, Modulation, Deformation
  • Instrumental breaks, solos


See here a list of JAZZ genres/styles (source WIKIpedia):

Acid jazz Combined elements of soul music, funk, disco, including looping beats and modal harmony 1980s–90s
Afro-Cuban jazz It mixes Afro-Cuban clave-based rhythms with jazz harmonies and techniques of improvisation. 1940s ->
Asian American jazz Asian-American jazz combines standard jazz instruments with Asian instruments (such as taiko, shamisen, erhu, suona, or kulintang), which are often performed by musicians from Asia. 1950s ->
Avant-garde jazz A style of music and improvisation that combines avant-garde art music and composition with jazz. It originated in the 1950s and developed through the 1960s. 1950s ->
Bebop Bebop or bop is a style of jazz characterized by a fast tempo, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on a combination of harmonic structure and occasional references to the melody. 1940s ->
Bossa nova Brazilian melodic samba-like genre influential in cool jazz/West Coast jazz 1960s ->
British dance band British dance band is a genre of popular jazz and dance music that developed in British dance halls and hotel ballrooms during the 1920s and 1930s. 1920s ->
Cape jazz Cape jazz (more often written Cape Jazz) is a genre of jazz that is performed in the southernmost part of Africa, the name being a reference to Cape Town, South Africa. 1990s ->
Chamber jazz Chamber jazz is a genre of jazz involving small, acoustic-based ensembles where group interplay is important. 1960s ->
Continental jazz Early jazz dance bands of Europe in the swing medium, to the exclusion of Great Britain.  
Cool jazz Contrasts with the hard, fast sound of bebop. Based largely on Lester Young. 1940s-1960s
Crossover jazz Artists mix different styles of music into jazz. 1970s ->
Dark jazz A form of modern jazz characterized by the fusion of downtempo, minimalist ambient music with jazz. 2010s ->
Dixieland Dixieland music or New Orleans jazz, sometimes referred to as hot jazz or early jazz, is a style of jazz music which developed in New Orleans at the start of the 20th century. Stylistically it is essentially a form of Ragtime, typically transposed for brass band, banjo and/or clarinet. 1900s ->
Ethno jazz Ethno jazz, a form of ethno music, is sometimes equaled to world music or is regarded as its successor, particularly before the 1990s. An independent meaning of "ethno jazz" emerged around 1990. 1990s ->
European free jazz European free jazz is a part of the global free jazz scene with its own development and characteristics. 1960s ->
Free funk A combination of avant-garde jazz with funk music 1970s ->
Free improvisation Free improvisation or free music is improvised music without any rules beyond the logic or inclination. Free jazz incorporates "free improvisation," but "free improvisation" can be any genre, it isn't necessarily jazz. 1960s ->
Free jazz Free jazz musicians attempted to alter, extend, or break down jazz convention, often by discarding fixed chord changes or tempos. 1950s ->
Gypsy jazz A style of jazz music often said to have been started by guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt in the 1930s. The style was originally called "hot club" or "hot jazz" and served an acoustic European interpretation of swing. The term "gypsy jazz" didn't appear until after the 1970s, when Sinti people adapted their folk music to emulate that of Django's. 1930s/1970s->
Hard bop Incorporated influences from rhythm and blues, gospel music, and blues, especially in saxophone and piano playing. 1950s ->
Hot club Hot club or "Hot jazz" is a hard swing associated with the early works of Django Reinhardt. 1930s-1940s
Indo jazz Fusion of jazz with Indian music (see also Sitar in jazz and Jazz in India). 1950s ->
Jazz blues Term is misnomer. Jazz is a branch of blues, all jazz is blues. (link redirects to twelve-bar blues)
Jazz-funk Jazz-funk is a subgenre of jazz music characterized by a strong back beat (groove), electrified sounds, and an early prevalence of analog synthesizers. 1970s ->
Jazz fusion Combines elements of jazz and rock. Characterized by electronic instruments, riffs, and extended solos. 1970s ->
Jazz rap Jazz rap is a fusion subgenre of hip hop music and jazz, developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The lyrics are often based on political consciousness, Afrocentrism, and general positivism. 1980s ->
Jazz rock The term "jazz-rock" (or "jazz/rock") is often used as a synonym for the term "jazz fusion". 1960s ->
Kansas City blues This genre of blues music has spawned the Kansas City Blues & Jazz Festival and the Kansas City Blues Society. 1940s ->
Kansas City jazz Kansas City jazz is a style of jazz that developed in Kansas City, Missouri and the surrounding Kansas City Metropolitan Area during the 1930s 1930s ->
Latin jazz Draws heavily on salsa and merengue influences. Heavy use of percussion, including congas, timbales, bongos, guiros, and others.  
M-Base   1980s ->
Mainstream jazz A genre of jazz music that was first used in reference to the playing styles around the 1950s 1950s ->
Modal jazz Pioneered by Miles Davis, others. Characterized by use of modes, such as dorian modes.  
Neo-bop jazz A comparatively accessible, "retro" genre that emerged in the 1980s as a stylistic reaction against free jazz and jazz fusion. Notably associated with Wynton Marsalis. 1980s ->
Neo-swing   1990s ->
Novelty ragtime   1920s ->
Nu jazz Music that blends jazz elements with other musical styles, such as funk, soul, electronic dance music, and free improvisation. 1990s ->
Orchestral jazz Also known as "Symphonic Jazz" 1920s ->
Post-bop A genre of small-combo jazz that assimilates hard bop, modal jazz, avant-garde and free jazz without necessarily being immediately identifiable as any of those forms 1960s ->
Punk jazz The amalgamation of elements of the jazz tradition (usually free jazz and jazz fusion of the 1960s and 1970s) with the instrumentation or conceptual heritage of punk rock 1970s ->
Ragtime A genre that uses a specific type of syncopation in which melodic accents occur between metrical beats. Particularly popular with pianists before World War I, it is also the underlying stylistic form for most Dixieland jazz. 1890s ->
Ska jazz   1960s ->
Smooth jazz In general a smooth jazz track is downtempo (the most widely played tracks are in the 90–105 BPM range), layering a lead, melody-playing instrument (saxophones – especially soprano and tenor – are the most popular, with guitars a close second) over a backdrop that typically consists of programmed rhythms and various synth pads and/or samples. 1960s ->
Soul jazz   1950s ->
Straight-ahead jazz   1960s ->
Stride jazz   1920s ->
Swing Big band arrangements, always swung. Pioneered by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Benny Goodman. 1930s-1950s
Third stream The fusion of the jazz stream and classical stream. 1950s ->
Trad jazz Short for "traditional jazz", refers to the Dixieland and ragtime jazz styles of the early 20th century  
Vocal jazz   1950s ->
West Coast jazz A less frenetic, calmer style than hard bop, heavily arranged, and more often compositionally-based subgenre of cool jazz. 1950s–60s




Jazz Theory Course

Learn to Read Music - Rhythm Class - In Focus - Jazclass Links

Introduction - General files

  1. Tones - Semitones - Symmetric scales

  2. Tetrachords - Major scale

  3. Perfect & Major Intervals

  4. Other Intervals

  5. Triad Chord Qualities

  6. Triad Inversions - Scale-tone Triads

  7. Basics Blues - Blues scale - Cadences

  8. Seventh Chord Qualities

  9. Overtone Series

10. Circle of Fifths

11. Pentatonic scales

12. 7th Chord Inversions - Scale-tone 7th Chords

13. Scale-tone Chord Progression

14. Modes of the Major scale

15. Chord/Scale Combinations

16. IIm7 - V7 - Imaj7 Progression

17. IIø - V7 - Im7 & Harmonic minor scale

18. Minor scales Overview

19. Chord Substitutions

20. Other Chords - Melodic minor scale



Educational WORKSHEETS by Vibhas Kendzia

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  • A Foggy Day - George Gershwin - Jazz Piano... PDF
  • Alice In Wonderland - Fain - Jazz Piano.............. PDF    VIDEO  VIDEO-2  VIDEO-PlayAlong-C  VIDEO-PlayAlong-Eb   
  • April In Paris - Vernon Duke - Jazz Piano............ PDF
  • Blue Rondo A La Turk - Dave Brubeck - Jazz..... ZIP     VIDEO
  • Freddie Freeloader - Miles Davis - Piano Solo .....PDF     VIDEO      
  • Gentle Rain - Luiz Bonfa - Jazz Piano................ PDF     VIDEO      VIDEO-Piano   
  • Fly Me To The Moon - WORKSHEET................... ZIP      VIDEO      VIDEO-2     VIDEO-F-Sinatra
  • Lady Bird - Ted Dameron - Jazz Piano............... PDF     VIDEO      PlayAlong  
  • Misty - Erroll Garner - Jazz Piano.......................PDF
  • My Funny Valentine - WORKSHEETS ................. ZIP
  • RedRock Boogie - WORKSHEET ....................... ZIP
  • Round Midnight - Cootie Williams - Jazz Piano...PDF
  • Skylark - Hoagy Carmichael - Jazz Piano...........PDF
  • You Are Too Beautiful - R.Rodgers - Jazz Piano. PDF
  • BLUES - Memphis Slim - Sail On Blues.............. ZIP     VIDEO-1 (Original Style)  VIDEO-2 (Played like a Boogie Woogie)   


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