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!

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Published by Shannon Kennedy

Shannon Kennedy is a vocalist and saxophonist living in Southern California. She is author of "The Album Checklist" and the founder of Teen Jazz. She has been contributing articles to music magaizines and websites since 2004.