When the blues is played in a jazz context the chord progression is more sophisticated in the number and types of chords used. In addition to the basic I, IV, V chords, jazz blues incorporates major and minor ii-V progressions, substitute dominants, related ii chords and more. In keeping with the improvisatory nature of the music, jazz players vary the progression from chorus to chorus to keep the short 12 bar form fresh and spontaneous. Watch this lesson to learn how to construct a basic jazz blues progression using these and other elements.
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Five Essential Seventh Chords
Major ii-V-I Progression
Minor ii-V-i Progression
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Bill did undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and holds the M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music where he studied with Ray Santisi and Charlie Banacos. Bill taught and played extensively around the Boston area for the better part of two decades appearing everywhere from the legendary Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge MA to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston before relocating to the Raleigh-Durham NC area where he teaches full-time on JazzPianoOnline.com.