About Jamey Aebersold Jazz

In The Beginning

While helping at a workshop in Connecticut in 1966, one student asked Jamey to record a reel-to-reel tape of piano accompaniment and send it to him so he could have something to practice with. In Jamey's words, "I never did make him the tape, but instead made a record in 1967. This became the first Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long, Volume 1.

After I recorded the music, I realized that I needed a book to help the user make sense of the LP of background music. Hence the book, which has now been revised many times. Volume 1 first appeared in 1967 and has been a best seller ever since. I never thought there would be a need for a second volume, let alone over 100!"

Now, for over 40 years, the name Jamey Aebersold has been literally synonymous with the very best in jazz education materials. A world-class performer and a very charismatic teacher/lecturer who has traveled the globe giving seminars and workshops, Jamey's lifelong mission is to teach people how to play jazz and improvise.

Volume 1 has been revised 6 times and is available in 6 languages! It is literally the #1 selling item from the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Catalog every year and continues to help thousands of people learn jazz and most importantly, learn to improvise!

Take a closer look at Volume 1 including sample pages and MP3's!

Below was Jamey's 1st Circulated Ad for Volume 1, however, the very first ad was a tiny classified ad in Downbeat Magazine; in the classified section.

1967 Ad For Volume 1

The Future Of Jamey Aebersold Jazz

Today, we publish and sell the world's most complete selection of jazz education materials. Most all are and hand-picked and approved by Jamey himself! For over 40 years, Jamey Aebersold Jazz has been providing the very best in jazz education ... and we plan to continue spreading jazz education for another 40 years!