Yes we must all start with the basic tunes like “Tune Up”
Each tune that you learn will teach you something new about harmony, and then once you have 10 or 20 tunes under your belt, you will be feeling much more confident reading and interpreting lead sheets and scores.
It’s encouraging to see that you are listening to lots of jazz…
Ultimately, if we don’t spend the time to listen to recordings, and study them, we are depriving ourselves of jazz music in its purest form. So keep this up!!
I have to admit I did not dedicate enough time to this in my early jazz studies. I would certainly attach more importance to this if was I to start over again because there is so much going on beyond the theory.
Things like the feel, the articulation, and the phrasing of the music, can only be absorbed through listening, transcribing, and emulating our favourite players.
Nice recording… I love the down-tempo vibe and thanks for sharing the fun fact too