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Below you will find some suggested resources for an advanced level student of jazz. 

These have been chosen from our Virtual Academy library of online resources. Please feel free to explore the entire collection here.

Our definition of ADVANCED LEVEL: 

  • Approximately grade 8 (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency on your instrument of choice
  • A solid understanding of the building blocks of music language & harmony and some knowledge of extended jazz theory
  • A good ability to improvise in a jazz context – you should have experience of improvising in a small ensemble using a variety of musical devices

As with any learning resource, the best thing you can do is work with a teacher who can explain the material and help you to develop techniques to practice and internalise the music.

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(Audio + pdf files)

You will need to download the backing tracks and upload into the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) of your choice. You will then be able to mute your instrument and perfect your part over time. You can find a list of free DAW’s currently available here.

Our Suggestions for those unfamiliar with DAW’s is to familiarise yourself with either of these free offerings:  


Jazz Tunes You Should Know



If you would prefer to listen along via Spotify, you can find the same playlists here:

Each performance included should take you on an important journey of learning and appreciation (no matter how many times you’ve heard it before!).

To get the most out of the experience, ensure that you take note of how each performer approaches the tune in question. Study and observe all aspect of their individual approaches to playing their chosen instrument. What makes them unique?

This application is much closer to the way people learned back in the day rather than relying on notation; so take the things that resonate with you for whatever reason and use them to influence your next practise sessions.

This will only serve to make you a more responsive, thoughtful musician over time.

Additional Resources


Below you’ll find some additional links to public domain big band parts, which the NYJO MD team has matched to online recordings.

This comprehensive list will allow everyone to practise and play along to a real live big band. These pieces range in style and difficulty and feature links to the original recordings allowing you to study the phrasing, articulation and time of the band.

As with the NYJO Minus One tracks, gradual practise is recommended before attempting to play along with an entire recording. In doing so, you should be able to gain real insight into the heart of the big band tradition and the styles that make up its musical foundations.

Whether you prefer to download and print, or just display the chart on a device of your choosing, we advise that you use the associated playlists to provide you with some guidance.

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Advanced Level
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