Book 1 of a two-volume series that presents the fundamentals of jazz in a logical and accessible way, primarily through short progressive exercises. Ideal for classically trained pianists in traditional lessons who are a littlecautious of learning jazz, as well as for those simply wishing to expand their existing jazzabilities. Also very useful for pianists interested in participating in a school jazz program. The online audio tracks are indispensableto the series, in particular the fun and practical Q&A improv exercises. Features 9 performance pieces: Funkasaurus · Midtown Strut · Jumpin' Jazz · Stepping Out · Petite Waltz · Elling Tones · Blue Bop · Avenue D · Big Earl'sHonky Tonk Blues. Concepts covered include: · Improvisation · Swing rhythms · Common jazz chords and scales · Accompaniment techniques · 12-bar blues, and much more! NOTE: Jazz Piano Basics is a revised and vastly expanded versionof the Jazzabilities series.