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Guitar Secrets: Harmonic Minor Revealed
Guitar Secrets
Harmonic Minor Revealed
Paperback      ISBN: 076920029x

Legendary guitarist and educator Don Mock exposes the closely-guarded "secret" soloing techniques of jazz and rock giants, revealing easy ways to create ultra-cool sounding lines and patterns by substituting simple harmonic minor patterns over dominant 7t

Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 1: 10 Original Pieces for the Late Elementary to Early Intermediate Pianist
Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 1
10 Original Pieces for the Late Elementary to Early Intermediate Pianist
Paperback      ISBN: 073900963x

Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 1 contains original solos for late elementary to early intermediate-level pianists that reflect the various styles of the jazz idiom. An excellent way to introduce your students to this distinctive American contribution to 20th century music.

Where Dead Voices Gather
Where Dead Voices Gather
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316895075
A forgotten singer from the early days of jazz is at the center of this riveting book -- a narrative that is part mystery, part biography, part meditation on the meaning and power of music.
John Coltrane: Improvised Saxophone Solos
John Coltrane
Improvised Saxophone Solos
Paperback      ISBN: 0769207448

Interesting facets of Coltrane's playing are presented along with eight transcriptions of his solos as recorded on the Blue Note albums Whims of Chambers and Blue Train. Titles are: Blue Train * Nita * Just for the Love * We Six * Omicron *

An Adventure in Jazz, Bk 3
An Adventure in Jazz, Bk 3
Paperback      ISBN: 0757926053

AN ADVENTURE IN JAZZ was written for the student pianist. It is intended to be an informative and entertaining picture of the probable origin of jazz. One person can study and play the entire set of pieces in each book, or the performance can be a class p

Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Show Biz Party
Rat Pack Confidential
Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Show Biz Party
Paperback      ISBN: 0385495765
For the first time, the full story of what happened when Frank brought his best pals to party in a land called Vegas

January 1960. Las Vegas is at its smooth, cool peak. The Strip is a jet-age theme park, and the greatest singer in the history of American popular music summons a group of friends there to make a movie. One is an insouciant singer of Italian songs, ex-partner to the most popular film comedian of the day. One is a short, black, Jewish, one-eyed, singing, dancing wonder. One is an upper-crust British pretty boy turned degenerate B-movie star actor, brother-in-law to an ascendant politician. And one is a stiff-shouldered comic with the quintessential Borscht Belt emcee's knack for needling one-liners. The architectonically sleek marquee of the Sands Hotel announces their presence simply by listing their names: FRANK SINATRA. DEAN MARTIN. SAMMY DAVIS, JR. PETER LAWFORD. JOEY BISHOP. Around them an entire cast gathers: actors, comics, singers, songwriters, gangsters, politicians, and women, as well as thousands of starstruck everyday folks who fork over pocketfuls of money for the privilege of basking in their presence. They call themselves The Clan. But to an awed world, they are known as The Rat Pack.

They had it all. Fame. Gorgeous women. A fabulouse playground of a city and all the money in the world. The backing of fearsome crime lords and the blessing of the President of the United States. But the dark side-over the thin line between pleasure and debauchery, between swinging self-confidence and brutal arrogance-took its toll. In four years, their great ride was over, and showbiz was never the same.

Acclaimed Jerry Lewis biographer Shawn Levy has written a dazzling portrait of a time when neon brightness cast sordid shadows. It was Frank's World, and we just lived in it.
Approaching the Standards, Vol 3: Rhythm Section / Conductor, Book & CD [With CD]
Approaching the Standards, Vol 3
Rhythm Section / Conductor, Book & CD [With CD]
Paperback      ISBN: 0757906265

The highly anticipated Rhythm Section/Conductor book for Volume 3 of the popular Approaching the Standards series is now available Jazz educators and musicians everywhere rave about this series, an innovative approach to jazz improvisation using e

The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time: Ranking Analysis & Photos
The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time
Ranking Analysis & Photos
Hardcover      ISBN: 0634074164

Handy resource for jazz listeners and hardcore fans. Spanning players from eighty years of history, this bold book steps forward and claims who are the greatest. Compiled from an extensive survey conducted with the best jazz minds in the education, publishing and entertainment worlds, noted jazz journalist Gene Rizzo summarized the chosen and presents a concise bio on the essence of these jazz giants. Choices were made on the basis of chops, originality, creativity, and degree of influence. This book will either confirm some readers' opinions or open debate with others, but ultimately the book provides an impressive summary of the greatest jazz piano players of all time. A photo accompanies each listing, and landmark recordings are also listed. Extra lists include the next twenty to be selected, the top women players and an alphabetical list of all the other players considered.

Gershwin by Special Arrangement: Jazz-Style Arrangements With a Variation
Gershwin by Special Arrangement
Jazz-Style Arrangements With a Variation
Paperback      ISBN: 0757900542

Each collection contains 11 songs arranged for the instrumentalist wanting to play in a jazz style -- without the need to learn to improvise. All of the books are compatible, with only minimal changes in the "variation" section to accommodate the ranges and unique characteristics of the instruments.

Titles are: I Got Rhythm * But Not for Me * Embraceable You * A Foggy Day * Fascinating Rhythm * I've Got a Crush on You * 'S Wonderful * How Long Has This Been Going On * Nice Work If You Can Get It * Someone to Watch Over Me * Strike Up the Band.
Guitar Roots: Swing
Guitar Roots: Swing
Paperback      ISBN: 0739024671

The ultimate starter book for players looking to learn the classic guitar style that's once again so popular. Learn swing progressions and forms, as well as how to construct a swing guitar solo, and so much more. This is the only book ever needed to get s