Jazz chord nomenclature


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This post is to deal with the commonly found symbols found in jazz; it is not exhaustive by any means. The term to refer to a system of symbols etc… is “nomenclature”.

no·men·cla·ture

[noh-muhn-kley-cher, -choor] –noun

1.
A set or system of names or terms, as those used in a particular science or art, by an individual or community, etc.

2.
The names or terms comprising a set or system.

Jazz chord nomenclature

C major 7 Cmaj7 Cma7 CΔ or CΔ7 CM7 1357
C minor 7 Cm7 Cmin7 C-7 1b357
C minor major 7 Cm maj7 Cmin ma7 C – Δ7 C – 1b357
C half diminished Cø7 Cm7 b5 Cmin7 b5 1b3b5b7
C diminished (7) Co (7) C dim (7) 1b3b5bb7
C7 C7 135b7
C9 C9 135b79
C11 C11 Gm7/C 135b7911
C7 suspended 4th C7 sus4 145b7
C13 C13 135b791113
C7 augmented C7 + C7 aug C7+5 13#5b7
C7 flat 5th C7 b5 C7 -5 13b5b7
C7 #11 C7 #11 C7 +11 135b7#11
C7 flat 9th C7 b9 C7 -9 135b7b9
C7 sharpened 9th C7 #9 C7 +9 135b7#9
C7 flat 10th C7 b10 C7 -10 135b7b10
C7 flat 9th flat 13th C7 b9 b13 C7 alt 135b7b9b13
C7 flat 10th flat 13th C7 b10 b13 C7 alt 135b7b10b13
C13 sharp 11th C13 #11 C13 +11 135b79#1113

 

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