Jamey Aebersold (born July 21, 1939 in New Albany, Indiana) is an American jazz saxophonist and music educator. His “Play-A-Long” series of instructional book and CD collections, using the chord-scale system, the first of which was released in 1967, are an internationally renowned resource for jazz education. As of 2009, 126 of these collections have been published by Aebersold, who taught musical improvisation at the University of Louisville for a number of years. He is also an adept pianist, bassist, and banjoist.

Play-A-Long Series

Most of the volumes in Aebersold’s “Play-A-Long” series feature a selection of 10-12 jazz standards, though some focus on scales, standardized chord progressions (like the blues), or original compositions by Aebersold’s collaborators. The books contain charts for the tunes in question, transposed as necessary for instruments in C, B-flat, E-flat, and bass clef. The recordings normally feature a professional rhythm section (typically piano, bass, and drums, occasionally including guitar) performing an improvised accompaniment (or “comping”) to each song. Melody instruments like saxophone and trumpet are omitted, enabling a jazz student to practice playing the song’s melody, and improvising over the song’s chord changes, with accompaniment. (Related examples of this format include the “Music Minus One” series and the popular pastime of karaoke.) The piano and bass tracks are typically panned to opposite channels, so that a pianist or bassist can easily omit the recorded piano or bass part by muting the appropriate channel.
Perhaps the most well-known feature of the “Play-A-Long” series is Aebersold’s distinctive voice, which counts off the tempo for each track on most Aebersold recordings.

Summer Jazz Workshops

For almost 40 years, Aebersold has also run “Summer Jazz Workshop” sessions at the University of Louisville (Louisville, Kentucky). Many leading educators and performers have served as Workshop faculty. The week-long event is billed as a place to learn jazz through hands-on experience, and provides an intensive learning environment for musicians of widely varying ages and levels. The standard Workshop curriculum includes master classes, ear-training sessions, jazz theory classes from beginning to advanced, and concerts by faculty.
Aebersold also regularly comes to the Jazz Festival at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.


In 2009, he was initiated as a member of the Alpha Alpha national honorary chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the oldest and largest music fraternity in the world, at its national convention in Orlando, Florida. At the same time, he was named the Fraternity’s triennial recipient of the Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award.

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