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book love: the jazz piano book // 10


Welcome to the 10th instalment of Book Love: a series in which I tell you all about the resources, guides, and inspirational books that I love. Today’s book is The Jazz Piano Book by Mark Levine.

The Jazz Piano book a cross between a reference book and practice guide. It’s written for jazz pianists (obviously) but every jazz musician I know has a copy. Every chapter is filled with musical examples of theory set within the context of jazz standards. When I have been learning about intervals and modes and other foundational stuff, I have used this book to get the sounds in my ear.


I highly recommend this book for singers, especially those of us who don’t play an instrument like piano or guitar. When I’m writing songs or lifting charts, sometimes I know the sound I want for the harmony of the tune but I’m unclear on what to call it on paper. This book is a great resource for chord function and chord nomenclature.

It also comes with a pianist listening guide, tons of photos of jazz pianists, and lots more unexpected surprises.



That’s it for Book Love // 10. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments. You can check out the last post in the series, The Right To Speak, or see all of my book recommendations on the Book Love index page.

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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.


  1. Sheila Soares

    Your book recommendations are spot on! I am (slowly) making my way through his Jazz Theory Book. His writing style is clear and makes complex material seem less so.

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