“Until fairly recently, the only way one could get a proper education in the standards was on the job. Critic, jazz historian, and pianist Ted Gioia writes as much in his comprehensive 2012 reference, The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. Gioia’s ‘education in this music was happenstance and hard earned.’ He writes, ‘aspiring musicians today can hardly imagine how opaque the art form was just a few decades ago—no school I attended had a jazz program or even offered a single course on jazz.’…But for those autodidacts out there, Gioia—who has served on the faculty at Stanford University and been called ‘one of the outstanding music historians in America’—offers an exceptional guide to the Standards, one we can not only read, but also, thanks to Jim Higgins of the Journal Sentinel, listen to, in the Spotify playlist above. (If you need Spotify’s free software, download it here.) In a companion essay, Higgins describes the process of compiling ‘as many of the performances [Gioia] recommended’ in his commentary on 250 jazz standards.”
—Jones, Josh. “Hear 2,000 Recordings of the Most Essential Jazz Songs: A Huge Playlist for Your Jazz Education.” OpenCulture.com. May 17, 2017.