So I can read basslines in standard notation and lead sheets, but I haven't found a way to translate the jazz ideas written down into something I could comprehend and reproduce. This is, no doubt, mostly due to the fact that I wasn't brought up on jazz and I just started listening to it a year or so ago. But does anybody care to share some common themes with jazz that make it distinctly jazz. For instance: I've come to learn that the ii - V - I is a very common theme in jazz. Any other tidbits like this that could maybe help me come up with my own compositions?