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A Jazz Improvisation Primer

This is the online version of Marc Sabatella's text, A Jazz Improvisation Primer. Here you can find information,as well as hear and find music on almost every topic relating to jazz improvisation, from jazz history to music theory to practical advice on playing in a group.


  1. Preface
  2. Goals
  3. A Brief History Of Jazz
  4. Jazz Fundamentals
  5. Chord/Scale Relationships
  6. Applying The Theory To Improvisation
  7. Accompanying
  8. Playing With Others
  9. Listening Analytically
  10. Breaking The Rules

  1. Annotated Bibliography
  2. Annotated Discography
  3. Jazz Standards