about PlayJazzNow.com

PlayJazzNow was created in 2006 by bassist Bill Harrison. Click HERE for information on studying with Bill.

The demise of the jam session and the explosion of interest in jazz education at the high school and college level fueled my desire to create a site that would be useful to jazz players of all levels. After more than thirty years as a jazz player and teacher, I was frustrated with the lack of high quality play-along recordings that could be used by musicians to hone their skills as accompanists and soloists.

PlayJazzNow's mission is to provide great sounding, fun and affordable backing tracks for all instrumentalists and vocalists. I sincerely hope you enjoy using them to help you advance to your highest level.

Navigating PlayJazzNow is easy. Take the VIDEO TOUR.

Listen to one of our tracks in action: sample
Click HERE to see who uses and endorses our play-alongs.
Click HERE for details about the musicians and artists who help create our tracks and website.
CONTENT
Our tracks inspire you to practice the forms, turnarounds and harmonic cycles that are the backbone of traditional and contemporary jazz. You'll be able to study and internalize many of the harmonic and rhythmic fundamentals you'll need to play any tune, any style, any tempo.

We also offer a substantial variety of tracks based on the harmony of tunes from the standard jazz repertoire. Many of these progressions are available in multiple keys.
CONVENIENCE
Simply click your instrument's link and you'll be directed to the sets of tracks specifically designed for you. Horn players and singers work out with a full jazz trio. Pianists, guitarists and vibists practice with bass and drums. Bassists play with piano and drums. Drummers and percussionists lock in with bass and piano.
VERSATILITY
YOU decide how you want to play back our tracks — on your PC, on your iPod or other mp3 player, or burn them to CD — whatever format(s) work for you to play along. The old standby playalong CDs require the use of a "balance" control to dial in the tracks you need. In these days of desktop stereos, iPods and portable CD players who has a "balance" control anymore? That's why we've created tracks specifically for you.
LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY
Whatever your skill level, you'll find tracks that are appropriate for you. We've graded our sets beginning, intermediate and advanced, so you have options to chose from. Each track is 3-4 minutes long — you'll have plenty of time to experiment, try out new licks, find what works and what doesn't.
ALL 12 KEYS
All the master musicians do it. Your teachers have told you to do it. PlayJazzNow makes it easy for you to practice everything in all keys. Each set of tracks (blues, turnarounds, etc) gives you the opportunity to master your musical vocabulary in every key. You can't find that anywhere else.
PRICED FOR MUSICIANS
PlayJazzNow recognizes that few if any of us get rich playing creative music. So we've priced our tracks very reasonably. Please CLICK HERE for more info on our pricing.
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
Each set of tracks has a short free sample so you can listen before you buy. You can also download a free chart for each set whether you decide to buy or not. Please note that we have provided transposed charts for Bb and Eb instrumentalists. We want you to know what you're getting!
EASY ON THE ECOSPHERE
All the current talk about global warming and the shortage of fossil fuels has us thinking about conservation. That's one reason PlayJazzNow mainly sells digital products. — less paper, less plastic.
More questions? Visit our FAQ page.

Donate to PlayJazzNow! Yes, this is a business. But we have had people ask what they could do to help us keep the site growing (beyond buying some tracks and spreading the word about our products). If you feel the urge, throw us a few bucks. Thanks!

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9 Responses to About PJN

  1. Joe Mazotas says:

    I started back playing trumpet about five years ago at a senior age and am interested in acquiring play-along music for some publications that I have.

    Blues Etudes, Patterns and More by John Racina
    Bop Duets by Bugs Bower Vol 1, 2, 3

    John Racina suggested your website.

    Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Joe, We have a big variety of blues and bebop-oriented tracks but, unfortunately, I do not know precisely what you’d need for the particular books you’re using. Perhaps you can ask a teacher or more experienced player to guide you with this. Thanks for getting in touch and best of luck with your playing!

  2. Fabo Istvan says:

    it possible to buy the all songs on the separate instrument tracks multitrack mp3, wav, to all studio daw ( Cubase Pro Tools, Reaper etc..? I like separate tracks for later editing and mixing for my vocal or instrumental backing track.It is possible to buy? Already many of the page where it is possible..

  3. Chris Baldwin says:

    I have just started getting back into playing music once again and have stumbled onto your website. This is exactly what I was looking for to help get my chops back. Being a bass player and wanting to learn to properly play improvisational jazz, I was wondering if you offer a transcription of the bass being played in any of ensembles. I saw the chord progressions, I just haven’t found the sheet music for the songs. This would help me get started by 1) helping my reading and 2) saving me time trying the reproduce what I hear.

    After getting a feel for the styles and such, I would be better able to move to the chord sheets.

    This is a great site and hope to get started very soon!

    • admin says:

      Hello Chris,

      Just wanted to respond to your comment regarding written-out bass parts. I understand what you’re saying about having note-for-note transcriptions to use for practicing, but our educational philosophy is this: Jazz is an improvisational art form, which requires that you use your inner ear to determine what to play when (whether playing bass parts or soloing). Part of the training for doing this is using your ear to transcribe and methodically practice playing the chord changes so that you can access YOUR music. Sure, reading through parts would save you some time – but not really.

      That said (and this is not an infomercial) I happen to be a bassist myself and have taught for 30+ years. If you’d like to get together for a lesson or two, let me know. I can help you with a practical, efficient method for creating your own bass lines on chord changes.

  4. CHRIS Reynolds says:

    Hi.
    Can you tell me how to download my files to my mobile phone please? Usually one has to login. Is that correct?
    Thanks.

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