Category archives: Recommended Books

  • Jazz Bible Fake Books - The Swing Era - by Rob DuBoff

  • A great fake book with 200 songs, including: April in Paris • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea • Bewitched • Candy • Caravan • Cherokee • Darn That Dream • A Fine Romance • Heart and Soul • I'll Be Seeing You • I'll Walk Alone • I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm • It's Only a Paper Moon • Marie • Moonlight in Vermont &bull[...]
  • The Jazz Standards - by Ted Gioia

  • Written by award-winning jazz historian Ted Gioia, this comprehensive guide offers an illuminating look at more than 250 seminal jazz compositions. In this comprehensive and unique survey, here are the songs that sit at the heart of the jazz repertoire, ranging from "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Autumn in New York" to "God Bless the Child," "How High the Moon," and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love."[...]
  • The Scale Omnibus - FREE ebook by Francesco Balena

  • This is a great FREE ebook by Francesco Balena from www.saxopedia.com. The Scale Omnibus is a FREE book that describes as many as 392 distinct scales in all 12 keys,with synonyms,historical notes,chords over which the scale sounds well,summary tables,and more. It took hours of researching,typing,read-proofing,and double-checking and might easily be the most complete book on this topic. You c[...]
  • The Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook by Gary Keller

  • The "Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook" provides a concise yet comprehensive reference source for chord/scale theory. This is not a "how to" book, but rather a systemized guide to identifying, organizing, and understanding the relationships between virtually all the common (and uncommon) scale/chord relationships used in jazz improvisation and composition. Based on the principle of harmonic systems, th[...]
  • Joy of Improv, Book 2 by Dave Frank

  • Joy of Improv, Book 2 - Completing the foundation. Lessons 27 through 52 further explore more advanced chord voicings, chord arranging techniques and more challenging blues and melodic lines. The accompanying enhanced CD is used in conjunction with the text and music as a listening and play-along tool. 96 pages Buy Joy of Improv Book 2 - Completing the Foundation [With CD Pack] on Amazon [...]
  • Joy of Improv, Book 1 by Dave Frank

  • This book/CD course on improvisation for all instruments and all styles will help players develop monster musical skills! Book One presents Lessons 1 through 26 of this unique instructional course that imparts a solid basis in technique, rhythm, chord theory, ear training and improv concepts. Covers: common chord voicings, basic chord progressions, the swing feel, and much more. The CD can be u[...]