Before I really started using Youtube, I loved playing along to Aebersold tracks. Working through the tunes in the books and then performing them along with a top-notch band always made practice that much enjoyable. Youtube, however, has allowed for so much more diversity in the play along industry and there are a ton of fun tracks available online for free!
Here are just a few of my favorite Youtube channels for jazz playalongs.
1. DC Music School – you can’t go wrong with gypsy jazz
2. Backing Track Professional – for funk and blues, check out this channel
3. Learn Jazz Now – for straight ahead jazz
4. Coffee Break Grooves – for smooth jazz, check out this channel
5. Learn Jazz Standards – I’ve mentioned their site before and how much I love what they do. Check out their channel with tons of great straight ahead playalongs.
6. GBQuartet – for some more gypsy jazz
7. Jam Tracks Channel – for more funk, rock and blues
8. Fruition Music Performance Tracks – if you’re looking for something more gospel oriented, check out this channel
9. Sing King Karaoke – if you want some more recent pop and rnb tracks, check out this channel
Do you have a favorite channel? Feel free to share it in the comments below!