In this video, I give a brief overview of how I will teach you to read chord charts, find the “key centres” of the chord progression, and then how to use that knowledge to create original piano arrangements and improvisations. I also give examples of some classic jazz standards that most jazz pianists will have in their repertoire, such as: “Fly Me To The Moon”, “Misty”, “Stella By Starlight”, “Take 5”, “Night In Tunisia”, “Sunny Side Of The Street”, “Take The A Train”, “Cantaloupe Island”, “Satin Doll”, and many more.
This next video is me playing ‘Who Knows’ by Duke Ellington. As a teenager, this was one of my favourite jazz piano solo pieces. It’s a fun, fast little piece with a descending chromatic right hand motif. You can find it on Duke Ellington’s album Piano Reflections.