Jazz Piano Method Book

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Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method
by Mark Davis

The Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method is a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide designed for anyone interested in playing jazz piano from the complete novice just learning the basics to the more advanced player who wishes to enhance their keyboard vocabulary. There are lots of fun progressions and licks for you to play and absorb. The accompanying audio includes demonstrations of all the examples in the book! Topics include essential theory, chords and voicings, improvisation ideas, structure and forms, scales and modes, rhythm basics, interpreting a lead sheet, playing solos, and much more!

No matter how you look at it, this book will provide hours of enjoyment!

No matter how you look at it, this book will provide hours of enjoyment!

Bonnie North of WUWM's Lake Effect interviewing Mark about the book.

Bonnie North of WUWM's Lake Effect interviewing Mark about the book.


"For some time, I have found myself and the interest of my students moving toward a desire to go beyond the written page and really dive into the mechanics of jazz piano. Mark Davis's Jazz Piano Method -- A Player's Guide to Authentic Stylings is one of the most logically laid out methods I have seen for such a purpose."
- excerpt from a review by Julie Wright -  American Music Teacher Magazine (April/May 2016 Issue)

Endorsements for the Book

Mark Davis introduced me to jazz and gave me an irreplaceable foundation and knowledge of this music. With this comprehensive book, he provides everyone with that same opportunity to learn from a true master of jazz piano tradition and one of the greatest educators of our time. I highly recommend this book to both beginner and advanced players.  – Dan Nimmer, pianist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

I find Mark Davis’s Jazz Piano Method to be informative and insightful, not only for pianists, but for all musicians. His wealth of knowledge about jazz piano is evident. His method and approach is interesting and well thought out. As one who does clinics and master classes, I'm always seeking new ways and methods to inform, excite, and motivate the students. I highly recommend Mark’s book. – Dr. Charles McPherson, saxophonist (has worked with Charles Mingus, Barry Harris, Dizzy Gillespie, Jay McShann, and others)

What I like most about Mark’s Jazz Piano Method is that it’s a well thought through, logically organized, clearly articulated, and thorough approach to learning how to play jazz piano. Starting with the fundamentals of listening, standard forms, and basic scale and chord construction, Mark Davis clearly explains how to understand and practice the various aspects of jazz piano playing.  – David Hazeltine, pianist (has worked with One for All, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Louis Hayes, James Moody, Marlena Shaw, and others)

Mark Davis has put together a clear and comprehensive book that will give the student who goes through it carefully everything needed to enter and explore the world of jazz harmony. Mark is a great player as well as a great teacher who understands what fundamental knowledge and skills students need in order to create and to make their own harmonic discoveries. – Peter Bernstein, guitarist (has worked with Jimmy Cobb, Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Sonny Rollins, and others)

Mark Davis's book is a major achievement! Not only does it take the student through the basics of jazz piano technique, but it imparts the core concepts and skills of jazz improvisation brilliantly. Everything is well organized and presented in a no-nonsense, easy-to-follow sequence, and the exercises are well thought out. I would highly recommend this book not only to budding jazz pianists, but to players on all instruments who want to gain the functional piano skills essential to the complete jazz musician. I will be recommending this book to all of my students at the Frost School of Music! Kudos to Mark Davis – a gifted musician who can not only play it but also teach it. – Brian Lynch, Grammy© award-winning trumpeter (alumnus of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Eddie Palmieri, Phil Woods, and others) Associate Professor of Studio Music and Jazz, The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami

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