Jazz/Pop

Jazz / Pop Improv

Nearly all of our students improvise popular and jazz piano at their piano lessons. We use a wide variety of fake books as the basis for the improvisations. What you will find on this Jazz and Popular Piano page are examples of Howard or Karen using the techniques we teach our students in a variety of older popular and jazz songs.

We wish we could include more modern songs, but we are unable to offer them for free download because of copyright considerations. However, you could use what we have done with these songs as a pattern to apply to any song you would like to play in a jazz or pop piano style.

  • Aura Lee
  • Beautiful Dreamer
  • Bill Bailey
  • Billy Boy
  • Black is the Color
  • Give My Regards to Broadway
  • Lil’ Brown Jug
  • Canon in D
  • Danny Boy
  • Do It Together
  • The Drunken Sailor
  • Fascination
  • Frankie and Johnny
  • Greensleeves
  • Put the Hammer Down
  • Hava Nagila
  • Hello My Baby
  • House of the Rising Sun
  • Ja-Da
  • John’s Rock
  • Kelly’s Blues
  • K Talks Back
  • Melancholy Baby
  • Michael Row the Boat Ashore
  • Michael Dreamy
  • Michael Swing
  • New Keyboard Boogie
  • Peg O’ My Heart
  • Rev It Up!
  • Oh When The Saints Go Marching In
  • Scarborough Fair
  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon
  • St. Louis Blues
  • This Train
  • Tom Dooley
  • Wayfaring Stranger
  • I’ve Been Working On the Railroad
  • Workin’ Out Blues