Seventy lost gems from the pen of Duke Ellington arranged as advanced piano solos that capture the music exactly as it was written. Now these titles are available for the first time in the U.S.A. Some of the songs are: New Orleans Lowdown * Sweet Mamma *
Learning jazz guitar is fun and easy with this unique step-by-step method. This thorough approach to applying scales and modes to improvisation includes exercises and licks in standard music notation and TAB, easy-to-read scale diagrams, and basic theory
12 outstanding arrangements for the beginning jazz ensemble written by experienced educational arrangers and composers. A variety of styles and tempos are included: swing, ballads, rock, pop, holiday, Latin and a great warm-up chart titled "Loosen Up." This collection of charts is written for full instrumentation of 5 saxophones, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, and 4 rhythm, but designed to sound full and complete with reduced instrumentation of just nine players - 2 Alto Saxes, Tenor Sax, 2 Trumpets, Trombone, Piano, Bass and Drums. Optional parts are available for C Flute, Tuba (doubles Bass part), Horn in F (doubles 1st Trombone), and Baritone Horn T.C. (doubles 1st Trombone). Rhythm section parts offer suggestions for voicings and rhythms and guitar chord frames are included to assist young guitarists. Solos are written out for improvised sections and there is plenty of full sounding ensemble. Conductor's book includes a full length CD recording. Titles are: Chattanooga Choo Choo * El Gato Gordo * James Bond Theme * A Jazzy Merry Christmas * The Judge * Li'l Darlin' * Loosen Up * One O'Clock Jump * Over the Rainbow * Peter Gunn Theme * The Pink Panther * Rock This Town.
Simply Gershwin is a collection of the most famous compositions by George and Ira Gershwin. Phrase markings, articulations, fingering and dynamics have been included to aid with interpretation, and a large print size makes the notation easy to read
Sonny Rollins is one of jazz's great innovators, arguably the most influential tenor saxophonist, along with John Coltrane, in the history of modern jazz. He began his musical career at the age of eleven, and within five short years he was playing with the legendary Thelonious Monk. In the late forties, before his twenty-first birthday, Rollins was in full swing, recording with jazz luminaries such as Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Miles Davis, and he was hailed as the best jazz tenor man alive in the mid-fifties. Still active today, Rollins and his compelling sound reach a whole new generation of listeners with his eagerly anticipated live appearances. Now renowned jazz writer Eric Nisenson provides a long-overdue look at one of jazz's brightest, and most enduring, stars.
Biography -- Music -- African American Studies
Long before the recognized birth of ragtime and jazz such hard-working travelers as Perry George Lowery blew their horns and led their bands throughout America, shaping the sound of modern music while performing in cities and towns across the nation.
An exhausting on-the-road life caused Lowery's name to fade from music history. Even after dazzling America as a marquee soloist and the leader of minstrel and circus bands, Lowery (1870-1942) ended up in an unmarked grave in Cleveland, Ohio.
This biography, the only book-length study of this groundbreaking African American cornet player, resurrects his name. It is the story of a quiet maverick who became the standard that shook American music.
Lowery came from hardscrabble black settlers in Kansas. His family created an environment in which he could develop his musical talent. His life follows the evolution of American music via the circus, minstrelsy, and the vaudeville stage. From 1895 through 1942, he made his name not only as a musician but also as an author, columnist, teacher, showman, and entrepreneur. H. C. Brown of the Boston Conservatory called him the "World's Greatest Colored Cornet Soloist."
A road-weary show veteran, Lowery landed a spot in the Ringling Brothers Sideshow Band at the height of the golden age of circuses.
At a time when the nation slammed the doors on African American travel and opportunity, his work with the Ringling Brothers changed the music scene. By 1910, as a result of his performances, there were fourteen circus acts that employed African American bands.
Clifford Edward Watkins is professor of music at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. His work has been published in the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and Feel the Spirit: Studies in Nineteenth-Century Afro-American Music.
A professor of jazz studies at Western Michigan University, Kynaston lays a foundation necessary before the saxophone student can venture very far into jazz. Scales, arpeggios, tonguing, and playing in tune are essentials covered here in a manner that sho