This scale is also called „Jazz Melodic Minor“, because it is one of the most loved the jazz scales. In the classical theory Melodic Minor (F# and G#) is used in the upward motion, while in the downward motion the Natural Minor (F and G) is played. In jazz the Melodic Minor is used for upward and downward motion.
Look at the Melodic Minor scale transposed to C. It is the same as the major scale with a minor third! Simply play a Major scale and diminish the III degree by half a note!
The 7 Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale
* Diminished Whole Tone scale see also Dom7 color circle.