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Virtual Curriculum

Audio + PDF Files

Here you’ll find some charts and backing tracks to accompany the ‘Jazz Tunes You Should Know’ playlists, available for YouTube and Spotify.

These can be used by any student looking to improve their ability to harmonise and improvise, whilst familiarising themselves with era-defining jazz compositions.


Backing Tracks are provided as stems which are individual files for each instrument in the band. You can set these up in your own digital audio workstation (DAW) – adjust volumes, mute tracks and listen to single instruments. You have complete control.

Play Alongs are files that have the whole band mixed together with one instrument removed – e.g. alto saxophone. These are also uploaded onto Soundcloud so you can access them easily anywhere you are via any device.

BLUES - Centrepiece

Have You Met Miss Jones

How High The Moon

In A Mellow Tone

Jumping At The Woodside

Little Sunflower

On Green Dolphin St

Someday My Prince Will Come

BLUES - Straight no chaser

Struttin With Some BBQ (Small Ensemble)

There Will Never Be Another You

VA Curriculum Playlist

(YOUTUBE Videos)

Jazz Tunes You Should Know


Available for YouTube and Spotify, NYJO’s Music Directors have curated their recommended listening playlists for BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED levels. For those who specialise with the human instrument, you can find a dedicated VOCALS playlist included too!





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.

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