The John Mehegan Collection


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John Mehegan (1920-1984) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He is widely recognized for his contributions to jazz education with his influential books on jazz theory and piano improvisation.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Mehegan established himself as a respected jazz pianist, performing with notable musicians such as Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, and Art Farmer. As an educator he held teaching positions at several institutions, including the Juilliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.

Central to John Mehegan's method was the use of roman numeral chord notation with occasional figured bass for inversions. This website preserves a partial collection of his personal music (including original transcripts when available). It can be used in parallel with his published textbooks and serves as an excellent platform to further the impact of his legacy on the jazz community.