Learn Jazz Piano!

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Create that Authentic Jazz Sound as Thom West teaches you his Tricks and Improvisational Licks over some of the Most Popular Jazz Tunes of All Time.

Songs in the Learning Lab:

Autumn Leaves, All of Me, Blue Bossa, BlueMonk/Straight No Chaser, Georgia, Green Dolphin Street, Misty, No Greater Love, The Nearness of You, Now is The Time, Someday My Prince Will Come.


Before you start to learn jazz piano, watch The History of Jazz and Learn Thom’s Authentic Jazz Piano Method – both are free with no registration required!

The History of Jazz Video

Here is a quick history lesson that will set the stage for understanding authentic jazz! Great jazz pianist Billie Taylor narrates a really good twenty-three minute video titled: The History of Jazz. If you want to learn even more, be sure to click the "See more..." button below.

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Learn Thom’s Authentic Jazz Piano Method

After playing the piano for over 50 years, I have decided that it is just too much fun to keep it to myself. I want to to teach you my authentic jazz piano method so that you can enjoy the jazz piano journey with me!

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Free Sample Jazz Lesson

Go ahead and register for your own account so that you can take a quick spin with this FREE sample lesson based on the popular Jazz Standard Autumn Leaves. If you decide to keep learning, take a look at the variety of songs and styles inside the Learning Lab. You will have access to over 50 lessons with even more resources to help you learn to play authentic jazz piano!

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Autumn Leaves

If you are serious about learning to play authentic jazz piano, Autumn Leaves is the perfect song to start the journey. Thom's authentic style is on full display as he teaches you a variety of exciting ways to play this classic jazz standard.

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All of Me

This is one of the most recorded songs of its era done by some of the most popular jazz vocalists of all time. All of Me is a great tune to learn if you are new to jazz, or if you need to work on expanding your improvisation language.

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Blue Bossa

Blue Bossa is one of those tunes that is really fun to play once you get ahold of the melody-harmony-rhythm combination. Thom adds some rich and colorful "bossa-nova-bop" into this classic tune!

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Blue Monk – Straight No Chaser

Thom honors the great jazz pianist Theolonius Monk by combining Blue Monk and Straight no Chaser into one course! These two "Monk tunes" will teach you to sound authentically bluesy!

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Georgia

Georgia On My Mind was written by Hoagie Carmichael and made popular by the likes of Ray Charles and Willie Nelson. Thom has created both a gospel and jazzy arrangement of this well known tune that you can make your own!

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No Greater Love

There is No Greater Love was written by Isham Jones in 1936 and is often played as a ballad. Get ready to break through the boundaries of playing the same song the same way when you learn this classic jazz standard the Thom West way!

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Green Dolphin Street

Thom uses Green Dolphin Street to teach you how to add vibrant color into this tune. Thom will really stretch your imagination and give you some new tools on how to approach this classic jazz standard.

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Misty

Earl Garner originally wrote Misty as an instrumental that is perfect for Jazz pianists like Thom. You will really sound "jazzy" once you learn Thom's arrangements of one of the most well know jazz standards of all time!

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The Nearness of You

You will absolutely love playing The Nearness of You written by Hoagie Carmichael. Thom created truly rich arrangements filled with beautiful chords along with rich harmonic color for this classic jazz ballad.

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Now is the Time

If you ever wanted to learn how to "walk the bass" with your left hand while playing some great right hand moves, Now Is The Time played the Thom way is just for you! You will breakthrough the lefthand "bass barrier" by learning this song!

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Someday My Prince Will Come

Thom insisted on teaching at least one "jazz waltz" and Someday My Prince Will Come was the perfect choice. Once you learn this song, you will be equipped to play so many more of these type of songs.

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What’s Next?

As I develop more content for this site, I welcome your ideas on what else I could present. Feel free to share any comments, or questions about the site by sending me an email using the Questions? Ask Thom contact ink in the bottom right corner of the website.

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