Our next jam is this Sunday, April 3rd and the featured tune is “Afternoon in Paris.” The pianist John Lewis wrote this song and, while it’s not commonly played, it is a great song and has the chord progression we’ve been focusing on: a series of keys descending by whole steps. The home key is C major. It is fun to play and not difficult to learn. The melody is a sequence and it sounds good to use the same device when soloing – play an idea and sequence it through the keys. You will sound like you know what you’re doing and it gives the audience something to grab onto.
Chord charts and playalong tracks are available on Learn Jazz Standards.