Top 5 Standard Jazz Chord Progressions

Here are five standard jazz chord progressions:

  1. ii-V-I: This progression is made up of a minor chord, a dominant chord, and a major chord. It is very common in jazz music and can be found in many standards.
  2. iii-vi-ii-V: This progression is similar to the ii-V-I, but it starts on a different chord and has an extra chord in the middle. It is often used as an alternate to the ii-V-I progression.
  3. I-vi-ii-V: This progression is made up of a major chord, a minor chord, a minor chord, and a dominant chord. It is a common way to harmonize a melody and can be found in many jazz standards.
  4. IV-IVm-I: This progression uses a major chord, a minor chord, and a major chord. It is often used to create a sense of resolution or arrival at the end of a tune.
  5. ii-IV-V: This progression is made up of a minor chord, a major chord, and a dominant chord. It is a simple and straightforward progression that is often used as a basis for improvising.

These are just a few examples, but there are many other jazz chord progressions that you may come across in your listening and playing.

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