“On Green Dolphin Street” played by John Coltrane

One amazing night, Miles Davis failed to show up to lead his famous quintet and the task was left to his tenor saxophonist John Coltrane to lead the band that night. Fortunately for us, this was filmed and here’s John Coltrane playing “On Green Dolphin Street” with Wynton Kelly on piano, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb. This whole group was a part of the “Kind Of Blue” recording on Columbia records the year before, as well as Miles [...]

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Johnny Griffin plays the blues at the Village Vanguard in NYC

The one and only Johnny Griffin, the “Little Giant” is blowing the blues away from a live performance at New York’s Village Vanguard done in 1981. Chicago born Johnny Griffin is one of the greatest jazz saxophonists of all time and has always played with fire and technical virtuosity as well as a total command of the saxophone. This video is not as easy to come by as it once was, but you can still grab a copy over at [...]

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Don Byas and Slam Stewart Duet – I Got Rhythm

This is from a Town Hall concert in NYC in 1944 and Saxophonist Don Byas and Bassist Slam Stewart were having some fun with “I Got Rhythm” while the rest of the band had not shown up yet. This is an incredible and amazing recording of two masters playing more without a piano player or drummer than anyone else can with them! Many people have heard this and it stands the test of time as a true jazz masterpiece, but [...]

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Hobo Blues by John Lee Hooker

Here’s one of the greatest blues videos of all time. It is a clip of “Hobo Blues” by the legendary John Lee Hooker from 1965. It is from the American Blues Festival. He was from Clarksville, Mississippi and was born in 1917. He is one of the most original and popular blues artists ever. For all your blues players, just watching this is a great lesson. I hope you enjoyed this video of John Lee Hooker, who is one of [...]

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Blues Guitar Lesson On Slow Blues In E

Here is a great video of a really cool Blues Guitar Lesson On Slow Blues In E by Stefan Grossman.  He explains things and shows you exactly what to do and it starts by just using two strings for a nice easy blues lick in the Lightning Hopkins style of blues guitar. Watch how he is strumming the low E string with the thumb and the index and middle fingers are plucking the other strings. Stefan also goes over some [...]

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Easy Guitar Blues with Four Notes

Here’s a cool video on playing blues guitar in the key of A, by using only two strings two frets and four notes. The 5th note is really just one of the four notes being bent up a step. He’s using the 8th and 10th frets on the last two strings of the guitar and is demonstrating how you can play a good blues chorus or two just using these four or five notes. I think he’s making a good [...]

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