From the back of the book:
“This comprehensive study of harmony is a must for any musician interested in jazz. This book explains the essentials of jazz harmony in a friendly, easy-to-understand manner. A 12-key system is used to help you learn each concept in every key. Learn about rootless voicings, shell voicings, spread voicings, clusters, and how to select which voicings to use. Other topics include ii-V-I progressions, dominant chord cycles, “Rhythm Changes,” Giant Steps substitutions, thinking in modes, non-diatonic progressions and much more.”


Chapter 1 – Review
Topics Include: Major and Minor Scales; Intervals; Key Signatures; Triads; 7th and 6th Chords; Lead Sheets

Chapter 2 – Introduction to Voicing
Topics Include: Inversions; Introducing Rootless Voicings; Shell Voicings; Bebop Style Left-Hand Voicings

Chapter 3 – Introduction to Chord Progressions
Topics Include: Diatonic Harmony; Diatonic Harmony in Minor Keys; ii-V-I and ii-V-i; Voice Leading; Using the Melody to Choose Voicings; Harmonic Analysis

Chapter 4 – Adding Extensions to Chords
Topics Include: 9ths; 11ths; 13ths; Combining Extensions in Voicings; Alterations; Double-Tension Chords; Chords With Both Altered and Unaltered Extensions; Now That You Have Learned the Rules . . .

Chapter 5 – Substitution
Topics Include: Turnarounds; Using Dominant Chords in Cycles; Diminished Passing Chords; Tritone Substitution; Other ii-V Devices; Substitutions with Blues; Substitutions with Rhythm Changes

Chapter 6 – More Voicing Concepts
Topics Include: Clusters; Spread Voicings; 4th Voicings; Thinking in Modes; Modal Voicings; Parallel Voicings; Triads Revisited; Bi-Tonal Triads; Upper Structures; Deriving Harmonies from Other Scales

Chapter 7 – Reharmonization
Topics Include: Coltrane Changes; Coltrane or Giant Steps Substitutions; Non-Diatonic Progressions and Reharmonization

How to do 12-Key Examples
How to Use the CD
Suggested Listening