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2nd Edition

Jazz Theory
From Basic to Advanced Study

ISBN 9781138235106
Published September 25, 2017 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study, Second Edition, is a comprehensive textbook for those with no previous study in jazz, as well as those in advanced theory courses. Written with the goal to bridge theory and practice, it provides a strong theoretical foundation from music fundamentals to post-tonal theory, while integrating ear training, keyboard skills, and improvisation. It hosts "play-along" audio tracks on a Companion Website, including a workbook, ear-training exercises, and an audio compilation of the musical examples featured in the book.

Jazz Theory is organized into three parts: Basics, Intermediate, and Advanced. This approach allows for success in a one-semester curriculum or with subsequent terms. If students sense that theory can facilitate their improvisational skills or can help them develop their ears, they become more engaged in the learning process. The overall pedagogical structure accomplishes precisely that in an original, creative—and above all, musical—manner.

KEY FEATURES include 390 musical examples, ranging from original lead sheets of standard tunes, jazz instrumentals, transcriptions, and original compositions, to fully realized harmonic progressions, sample solos, and re-harmonized tunes. The completely revamped Companion Website hosts:

  • 46 "Play Along Sessions" audio tracks, offering experiences close to real-time performance scenarios.
  • Over 1,000 (audio and written) exercises covering ear training, rhythm, notation, analysis, improvisation, composition, functional keyboard, and others. 
  • Recordings of all 390 musical examples from the textbook.
  • Links: Guide to Making Transcriptions, List of Solos to Transcribe, Selected Discography, Classification of Standard Tunes, and more.
  • Lists of well-known standard tunes, including a comprehensive list of 999 Standard Tunes – Composers and Lyricists.

NEW TO THE SECOND EDITION are instructors’ tools with answer keys to written and ear-training exercises, 380 rhythmic calisthenics featuring exercises from the swing, bebop, and Latin rhythmic traditions, a new improvisation section, a set of 140 Comprehensive Keyboard exercises, plus an expanded ear-training section with 125 melodic, 50 rhythmic dictations, and 170 harmonic dictations, plus 240 written exercises, 25 composition assignments, and 110 singing exercises.

The paperback TEXTBOOK is also paired with the corresponding paperback WORKBOOK in a discounted PACKAGE (9780367321963).

Table of Contents

Part 1: Basics

1. Music Fundamentals

2. Jazz Rhythms

3. Harmonic Function

4. Four-Part Chords

5. Five-Part Chords

6. The II-V-I Progression

7. Modes

8. Chord-Scale Theory

9. The Blues

10. Improvisation

Part 2: Intermediate

11. Voicing Formations

12. Keyboard and Jazz Chorale Textures

13. Idiomatic Jazz Progressions

14. Bebop

15. Bebop Blues

16. The Confirmation Changes

17. The Rhythm Changes

18. Pentatonics, Hexatonics, Octatonics

19. The Tristano Style of Improvisation

Part 3: Advanced

20. Analyzing Jazz Lead Sheets

21. Phrase Models

22. Song Forms

23. Reharmonization Techniques

24. Post-Tonal Jazz: Atonality

25. Set Classes in Jazz

26. Twelve-Tone Techniques

27. Stylistic Crossovers: Developing a New Jazz Repertory

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Dariusz Terefenko is Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.


“Dariusz is an amazing jazz pianist. His knowledge, both linearly and harmonically, is derived from a huge world of listening and performing experiences, and has made him a brilliant teacher. This book exemplifies, in detail, the process necessary to achieving this high level of musicianship.”
—Gene Bertoncini, guitarist and educator

“This text is an extremely valuable resource for both the self-guided student and for use in university and college jazz programs. There is a wealth of information here for everyone, from the beginner to the seasoned jazz improvisor, composer, and arranger. I highly recommend it to all looking to further their knowledge and abilities as performers, writers, and teachers.”
—Brian Dickinson, Professor, Humber College

Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study is remarkably comprehensive, well-organized, and accessible, calibrated for use by individuals or in the classroom. It provides a wealth of carefully presented theoretical material, amplified by practical play-along audio tracks and ear-training exercises.”
—Keith Waters, Professor of Music Theory, University of Colorado Boulder