Jazz Theory/Arranging Directory


Craig Buhler

Hal Galper

Brian Kane

Sammy Nestico

Fred Sturm

 Jerry Coker

Antonio Garcia

Mark Levine 

John Novello

Scott Wilson

Phil DeGreg

Ron Gorow

Dave Liebman

Jack Reilly

David Winkler

Niels Lan Doky

Mark Harrison

Gary Lindsay

Don Sebesky 

Rayburn Wright

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world-wide an assortment of the finest Jazz and Latin music books on the market.
Sher Music books are made by musicians, for musicians, and are designed to be the most informative and comprehensive books ever published on their respective topics. All books are sold with a money-back guarantee for individual customers and with normal trade terms for retail outlets and distributors.

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"Metaphors For The Musician"

Great insights into almost every aspect of jazz musicianship, including scale/chord theory, practice strategies, composing techniques, performance psychology and how to create the states of mind that produce the best improvisations. This practical and enlightening book will help any jazz player or vocalist look at music with "new eyes"  This book is a, "hands-on"  theory and improvising book with a human touch!

"The Serious Jazz Practice Book"

"The book I've been waiting for! Barry quite logically leads you through hundreds of wonderful studies with easy to understand text relating to how each study/pattern is set up and how it relates harmonically to chords and scales. This book will keep you busy for many years and is a compelling method with the overall goal of expanding your jazz vocabulary. It is a great book!"
- Randy Brecker

"Barry Finnerty's book is the best book of intervallic studies I've ever seen. Great exercises for any instrument." - Mark Levine

"This is an exhaustive, yet compact guide to the fundamentals of scale vocabulary, written by an accomplished musician. The section on diminished scales is outstanding."  - Dave Liebman



THIS GROUND-BREAKING BOOK/CD package will show you (or your students) how to use the Major and Minor Blues Scales to improvise meaningful solos—without having to first master all the scales and chords of a tune.

"An excellent book, useful to beginners as well as advanced players."
Michael Brecker - saxophonist

"Dan has done a marvelous job of dissecting the blues and then bringing all the pieces back together so you can make beautiful music."
Jamey Aebersold, one of the world's foremost jazz educators!


Mark Levine has two "must have" books if your serious about studying jazz...one for Jazz Piano the other for Jazz Theory.

"One of the greatest jazz educators in the world."
            - Jim Nadel, Stanford Jazz Workshop

Mark Levine, has transformed jazz education"
            - Susan Muscarella, Director, The Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA



Phil DeGreg


Phil is currently Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where he teaches jazz theory, arranging, piano, and ensembles. He has taught for the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, (since 1982) and has recorded several outstanding jazz CD's, accomplished and comfortable in a wide range of jazz styles, ranging from mainstream to bebop to Brazilian jazz.

".. A must-have for anyone involved in jazz piano class pedagogy."
 ---Ellen Rowe, pianist and Associate Professor of Jazz Studies, University of Michigan

"Phil DeGreg's Jazz Keyboard Harmony is not only a great book, it has lots of stuff I wish I had put into my own book!"
---Mark Levine, pianist and author of "The Jazz Piano Book"

"Jazz Keyboard Harmony has become a standard text used in colleges across the country. The book is clear, consise, and well organized"
---James Smith, professor and chair of jazz studies, Central State University, Ohio

"The most concise, logical, and thorough book on jazz piano voicings."
---Matt Cooper, Professor of Piano and Jazz Studies, Eastern Oregon University.

Satisfied Customer comments:

Dear Mr DeGreg,

"Your Jazz Keyboard Harmony book is fantastic.  I haven't seen any other book that so thoroughly demystifes complex piano voicings and clearly points to way the practical harmony at the keyboard. Coupled with the MIDI disks, it has to be the pinnacle in the Aebersold series.  Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful text."

Peter Gringel




     Jazz Keyboard Harmony


Piano Voicing Method for All Musicians by Phil DeGreg - Book/CD set Now a Book/CD set!! A practical and systematic method that teaches how to practice jazz piano voicings so that they become automatic and intuitive. The method progresses step by step from 2-voice to 7-voice chord structures with fourths and upper-structure triads. Each chapter presents essential harmonic progressions written and spelled out in all keys, along with fingerings to help non-keyboardists. Also provided are songs, written out for both hands, which utilize the techniques and voicings just learned. Includes comping rhythms, bass line techniques, and practice strategies. Excellent for both classroom and individual study. Strongly endorsed by Mark Levine, Bobby Shew, Denis Diblasio, and many others. The included Play-a-long CD lets you practice the piano exercises in the book with bass and drum accompaniment; you can also practice comping along with a saxophone soloist. A demonstration piano track on one channel, played with a stylistic comping feel, gives you an idea of how the piano voicing exercises should sound.

Also available (sold separately): MIDI Disc Companion For "Jazz Keyboard Harmony". Provides a simulated band coordinated with the exercises and songs in Phil’s ground-breaking book JAZZ KEYBOARD HARMONY. Standard MIDI Files playable on General MIDI instruments. Change keys and tempos at will! Listen or play along. Pick IBM or MAC when ordering!

Book only $24.95     Midi Disk Only $7.95


Mr. DeGreg,

"I just wanted to let you know that I picked up your book a few months ago and just started delving into the voicings.  WOW!  I am 47 yrs old and want you to know that this book is the answer to my prayers.  It makes music voicings and harmony easy to understand and use.  Where has this book been all my life?"  - Vince Marshall

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Gary Lindsay

Gary Lindsay is an arranger/composer, performer, educator and author.  He holds degrees in music from the University of Rhode Island and the University of Miami

As an arranger/composer, Gary has worked with Maynard Ferguson, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Jose Feliciano, Gloria Estefan, Arturo Sandoval, The Florida Philharmonic, The Airmen of Note, etc. 

In performances, Gary has appeared as a soloist with the Florida Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, and in pit orchestras for performances of "West Side Story," "Porgy and Bess," "The Music Man," "The King and I," "Fiddler on the Roof," and more. 

  Gary has performed on woodwinds with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mike and Randy Brecker, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Turrentine and many others. 

Gary is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award and received a Grammy nomination in arranging for "Cherokee" from Arturo Sandoval's "I Remember Clifford" CD. 

Professor Lindsay is Director of Studio/Jazz Writing in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami where he has been teaching since 1980. Gary is currently composing, arranging and performing with the Miami Saxophone Quartet as well as writing and performing with the South Florida Jazz Orchestra.

Gary's arrangements and compositions have been recorded by the Maynard Ferguson Band, Peter Graves Atlantean Driftwood Band, and the University of Miami Concert jazz Band, and have been published with Kendor Music, CPP Belwin,  Staff Art Publishing, and G. Michael Music.

Other arranging includes string writing for Latin pop artists including: Jose Feliciano, Christina Aguilera, Jaci Velasquez, Raul Di Blasio and others.

A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award in Jazz Composition, Lindsay was nominated for a Grammy in arranging for the GRP album, "I Remember Clifford", featuring Arturo Sandoval. Gary was also a recipient of a Doris Duke Foundation Chamber Music America grant for jazz composition.

Many music examples from Gary's Jazz Arranging Techniques have also been used with the software "The Garritan Jazz Big Band". This phenomenal software allows arrangers/composers to notate and flesh out their arrangements then both see and hear the results of their compositions! More info here!


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Jazz Arranging Techniques from Quartet to Big Band, presents all the tools and techniques of jazz arranging in an efficient and comprehensive format. This textbook, which can be studied either individually or in a classroom environment, includes a CD (mac/pc) with sixty-one audio examples corresponding to scores in the book and separate files of all the assignments.

Jazz theory and harmony, principles of jazz voice leading, voicing techniques, rules governing music calligraphy, chord symbol nomenclature, and jazz notation and articulation are presented in a very systematic (step by step) approach.  Attention is given to the function of each instrument in the ensemble, including their range, register, transposition, dynamic capabilities, and idiomatic characteristics.  Theories of balance and blend are provided with multiple recordings and scores.

The most unique feature in Jazz Arranging Techniques is the way in which the many techniques are examined and applied.  This book provides examples of techniques used in small and large ensembles and further explains in detail how to create voicings for four to six mixed horns (brass and reeds), five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, eight brass and full ensemble (brass and reeds combined). The over fifty scoring examples and four complete arrangements with recordings provide a wealth of material supporting the techniques examined in this text. Parts notation for rhythm-section is covered in great detail as well as methods of articulating horn lines, adjusting the balance and blend, etc..

Review -

“Gary Lindsay’s Jazz Arranging Techniques fills a very big hole in educational material on arranging.  I’ll never forget the day that the light FINALLY went on for me about writing closed and drop-2 voicings as I sat in Gary’s arranging class many years ago.  Gary has a knack for making ‘seemingly’ mysterious things very accessible. 

Leaving no stone unturned, his book covers advanced voicing techniques of all kinds going in depth on everything from upper structure triads to quartal voicings and clusters.  Gary makes clear the often confusing task of notating for rhythm section.  The PC/Mac CD Rom includes audio tracks of the examples and scores in the book plus PDF files of all the homework assignments. 

I fully expect that Jazz Arranging Techniques will become the textbook of choice in college courses on arranging and for people who wish to study on their own…

I highly recommend this book. There is nothing else like it.  Ten stars!

-Maria Schneider  Jazz Composer/Arranger and Conductor

Here is just a partial list of who is using Jazz Arranging Techniques!


 PRICE: $39.95 

(A $6.95 S/H fee is added per additional book.)


Jerry Coker

A Guide To Jazz Composition & Arranging

Jerry Coker has worked as tenor saxophone soloist with Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra, and many others. He is the author of Improvising Jazz, Patterns for Jazz, The Jazz Idiom, How to Listen to Jazz, Complete Method for Improvisation, Jazz Keyboard, Drones for Improvisation, The Teaching of Jazz, Figure Reading Studies, How to Practice Jazz, and Elements of the Jazz Language. He is an international lecturer and performer, developer of jazz programs for several leading universities, and a solo recording artist for Revelation Records.   


A Guide To Jazz Composition & Arranging evolved from 40 years of teaching jazz composition and arranging plus 50 years of personal writing experience in the professional field. It is, therefore, a comprehensive study, covering preparatory activities, philosophical perspectives, listening lists, choice tune lists, and all elements of composing melodies and chord progressions. Paperback, 78 pages


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With regards to Jazz Education in the 21st century, all leading educators understand that "assessment" is the #1 area that music educators and students need to improve on. More importantly, these worksheets protect you and your program by clearly documenting to administrators that your students are learning a great deal about music (for Private Lesson programs they are a must have!).  In addition, this workbook saves you and your students years of time & hassle with regards to effectively mastering music fundamentals and mastering professional "tricks of trade." (The worksheets contained in this book cover everything from theory & scales, to memorizing tunes, to conquering sight-reading, etc).


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Also check out Scott's superb Big Band Arrangements here!

Scott Wilson's Jazz Flashcards available here!

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Craig Buhler

Craig Buhler's  New Ears Resolution ear training method is based on the “movable Do” system as elaborated by my teacher, Alvin Learned.  Al was Dean of the legendary Westlake School of Jazz, which trained many of the leading Los Angeles musicians of the 1950’s.

By playing along with the “New Ears” CD, you learn to recognize all of the various notes in the major scale, and you become adept at finding any scale degree on your instrument in any key.  The difference this makes in your playing is immediate & dramatic!

You play along with the 45-minute CD a minimum of three times.


  • The first time, you read through the charts given in the “New Ears” book while you play along with the CD.  This also helps refine your sight reading ability.

  • The second time, you play along with the CD without looking at the book.  You are now playing the exercises by ear.  This increases your confidence.

  • The third time through, you improvise variations as you play along with the CD.  This builds your improvisatory vocabulary.

While this method is primarily designed to teach you to play by ear in all 12 major keys, many other benefits are derived from practicing with the “New Ears” CD.

  • Your sight reading grows stronger.

  • Your tone develops.

  • Your intonation improves.

  • Your rhythmic sense increases.

  • You begin to develop an improvisational vocabulary.

  • Your confidence blossoms.

Click here to purchase New Ears Resolution via secure link to CCNow.  The full cost is only $20+$5 shipping.  You will receive the complete ear training method - CD and book.  When ordering, please specify:

  • Concert treble clef (flute, violin, guitar, vibes, oboe, vocal, etc.)

  • Concert bass clef (bass, trombone, tuba, etc.)

  • Piano (3 staves with melody, chords, bass notes and guitar tableture:   more information - more page turns) 

  •  Bb (trumpet, clarinet, tenor or soprano sax)

  • Eb (alto or bari sax)

Keys To Music

Craig Buhler’s Keys To Music
Includes the 100-page book & the 70 min. CD

This is a complete method for learning to play jazz on your clarinet, saxophone, or flute - from your first attempt at making a sound up to your tenth “gig.”

During 8 years as a teacher working with students at all levels from beginner to advanced, I have been composing these etudes to meet the specific goals & needs of my students.  From over 150 original jazz etudes, I selected the 54 compositions which have proven most beneficial in countless lessons with scores of players.

Our 6-piece jazz group recorded all 54 songs onto a professionally mastered CD, spending over 40 hours in Pt. Townsend’s Synergy Sound Studios.

The highly respected music educator Signe Crawford meticulously edited each chart in Finale and added extensive explanatory notes to create a 100-page book which provides you with a complete course in jazz expression - from beginner to advanced performer.

Hear samples from the CD:

#2.    Blue Dawn
Improv 145
Fifties Ballad
Skykomish Shuffle
#48.  Molly Ann

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     You will receive the 100-page book and the 70-minute CD.  The cost is just $20+$5 shipping.  Credit cards are processed over a secure link with CCNow.  When ordering, please specify: C flute / Bb clarinet / Bb saxophone (tenor or soprano) / Eb saxophone (alto or baritone).


Jack Reilly



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The Harmony Of Bill Evans



Bill Evans, the pianist, is a towering figure acknowledged by the jazz world, fans, musicians and critics. However Bill Evans, the composer, has yet to take his place alongside the great masters of composition. Therein lies the sole purpose of this book. A compilation of articles – now revised and expanded – that originally appeared in the quarterly newsletter Letter from Evans, this unique folio features extensive analysis of Evans' work. Pieces examined include: B Minor Waltz • Funny Man • How Deep Is the Ocean • I Fall in Love Too Easily • I Should Care • Peri's Scope • Time Remembered • and Twelve Tone Tune. Author Jack Reilly is a pianist, composer and educator in both the jazz and classical genres. He has chaired the Jazz Studies departments of the New England Conservatory of Music, Mannes College of Music, and The New School. He is presently Jazz Piano Professor at Rowan College in New Jersey.


Mark Harrison

Mark's is an extremely gifted keyboardist and music educator! His current projects include performing on the jazz circuit with the critically-acclaimed Mark Harrison Quintet, and on the rock circuit with the Steely Dan tribute band Doctor Wu. He is also co-writing an R&B/pop project with the Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Ron Dunbar, and scoring/sequencing music for various TV commercials and documentaries.


 book 1

Contemporary Music Theory Level One Book (296 pages) $24.95

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"This is a first-class teaching text...an excellent, plainspoken introduction to understanding music". - CHRISTOPHER PORTER (JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE)

In the Level One book we completely derive and explain major and minor scales, keys and key signatures, all intervals, triads & four-part chords, diatonic chords, modes, suspensions and altered chords.

  • Author's Foreword and Table of Contents

  • Sample Pages with MIDI Files


    book 2

    Contemporary Music Theory Level Two Book (370 pages) $24.95

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    "Harrison writes his lessons so clearly that you can hear the examples in your head". - CHRISTOPHER PORTER (JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE).

    In the Level Two book we completely derive and explain five-part chords, 'II-V-I' progressions, chord substitutions, harmonic analysis of tunes, voiceleading, 'upper structure' chords, and pentatonic/blues scales and their applications.

  • Author's Foreword and Table of Contents

  • Sample Pages with MIDI Files


    book 3

    Contemporary Music Theory Level Three Book (380 pages) $24.95

    Level Three Compact Discs (3 CD set) $29.95

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    "Thorough and musical - (the Music Theory Level Three book) looks great!" - ERNIE RIDEOUT (KEYBOARD MAGAZINE)

    In the Level Three book we completely derive and explain the chord tones, extensions, alterations, and scale sources, for all major, minor, dominant and diminished chords. Using our 'Contemporary Shape Concept', this information is then applied to create voicings, polychords, and to harmonize melodies. All the music examples in the book are also available recorded on three compact discs. This book is a 'bible' of information for all players, writers and arrangers!

  • Author's Foreword and Table of Contents

  • Sample Pages with MIDI Files

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    or call  1 (800-799-4637)


    All of Mark's books are recommended by the Berklee College of Music, and endorsed by Jazz Times Magazine.

    Mark has created a complete, personalized private lesson plan for you, to help you reach your musical goals in an affordable and efficient way...and have fun doing it! And he covers just about every musical style conceivable!!

    Ear Training

             book 2           

    Contemporary Ear Training Level Two Book (154 pages) $19.95

    Level Two Compact Discs (3 audio CD set) $29.95

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    Harrison's books are laid out in a simple but effective way." - CHRISTOPHER PORTER (JAZZTIMES) 

    For more information visit: 


    or call  1 (800-799-4637)



    Antonio Garcia

    ANTONIO J. GARCÍA is a performer, composer/arranger, producer, clinician, educator, and author in both instrumental and vocal genres. An Associate Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, he is a past nominee for CASE U.S. Professor of the Year. García has performed as trombonist, bass trombonist, or pianist with 70 major artists including Ella Fitzgerald (50 concerts), Phil Collins (30-concert U.S./European tour), and Mel Tormé (20 concerts). A Bach/Selmer clinician/soloist avid scat-singer, he has received grants from Meet The Composer, the Thelonious Monk Institute, The Commission Project, the Council for Basic Education, and others.

    "This book is perfect for the beginner to intermediate improviser who may be daunted by the multitude of chord changes found in most standard material. Here is a path through the technical chord-change jungle...."
    David Liebman, saxophonist, founder of the International Association of Schools of Jazz

    C Bass Clef Edition

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    Cutting the Changes cuts the chord symbols out of soloing! Improvise over standard tunes using ONLY MAJOR SCALES!

    There's no longer any reason to be afraid of improvising over the music of Gershwin, Porter, Lerner and Loewe, Mercer, Mandel, and others! For beginning to advanced improvisors, this method is ideal for classroom, private, or self-instruction, as well as music education and jazz pedagogy classes.

    Each Cutting the Changes book includes:
    * A Play-Along CD with superb rhythm section accompaniment
    * A CD-ROM packed with theory instruction, listening examples, discography, and printable accompaniment scores and parts for optional live rhythm section.

    Songs include:

    I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
    The Days of Wine and Roses
    I Can't Get Started
    In the Still of the Night
    As Time Goes By
    The Best is Yet to Come
    Since I Fell for You
    Tea for Two
    Lil' Darlin'
    It Ain't Necessarily So
    The Shadow of Your Smile
    You Go to My Head
    How High the Moon


    Also available in the following part books:

    Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers / Antonio Garcia - C Treble Clef Edition
    Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers / Antonio Garcia - C Treble Clef Edition

    Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers / Antonio Garcia - Bb Edition
    Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers / Antonio Garcia - Bb Edition

    Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers / Antonio Garcia - Eb Edition
    Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers / Antonio Garcia - Eb Edition

    Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers / Antonio Garcia - F Edition
    Cutting the Changes: Jazz Improvisation via Key Centers / Antonio Garcia - F Edition


    John Novello

    John Novello is a celebrated composer, arranger, musical director, producer and session player. He is the author of, " The Contemporary Keyboardist"TM, "Stylistic Etudes", and the three-part video series called," The Contemporary Keyboardist", (Hal Leonard Publishing).

    He has worked with such artists as: Mark Isham, Chick Corea, Andy Summers, Edgar Winter, Billy Sheehan, Glenn Hughes, Dennis Chambers, Manhattan Transfer, Mr. Big, Ramsey Lewis, Donna Summer, A Taste Of Honey, Ritchie Cole, and Howard Roberts. 

    John's current projects include the jazz-rock fusion group Niacin featuring legendary rock bassist Billly Sheehan and drummer Dennis Chambers. Other projects include: LunaTek—a synth/tech fusion collaboration between John Novello and the famous sound designer and film composer Alan Howarth; and the funky jazz/blues John Novello Band project.

    In addition to his work as an artist, John is one of the most respected jazz and contemporary keyboard instructors in the world!



     The Contemporary Keyboardist ... 

    is a complete and comprehensive manual for contemporary keyboard playing and over-all musicianship. A real "A to Z" reference that allows the complete beginner to start from the first chapter and work his way through to greater and greater mastery, or allows the advanced player to select those sections, or areas, he or she feels they could improve upon. Just some of things covered include:

    The Contemporary Keyboardist has been dubbed the "the bible of contemporary keyboard playing" by Sheet Music Magazine.

       Topics Covered

    • Sight Reading

    • Rhythm

    • Arranging & Composing

    • Jazz & Blues Improvisation

    • Ear Training

    • Transpositions

    • Voicing & Comping

    • Harmony

    • Studio Playing

    • Solo Piano

    • Songwriting

    • Musical Styles

    • Repertoire

    • Chord Substitutions

    • Time Management

    • Technique (Chops)

    • Reharmonizations

    • Practice Disciplines

    The Contemporary Keyboardist: (818) 506-0236



    The Contemporary Keyboardist is the most up-to-date, diverse and complete book on keyboard playing I've ever seen." Chick Corea, multi-Grammy winning jazz artist and composer.

    "I highly recommend John Novello's excellent and comprehensive discourse on keyboard playing. This book is a wonderful launching pad for beginners and advanced keyboardists alike. Even with my 30 years in the business, every time I open The Contemporary Keyboardist, I learn something too." Herbie Hancock, Grammy & Academy Award winning artist.

    "The revised and expanded The Contemporary Keyboardist by John Novello is probably the most thorough book ever written on the subject. I recommend it highly." Henry Mancini, multi-Grammy winning film composer & pianist.

    Comprehensive, 562-page method!



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    (800) 554-0626


    The Contemporary Keyboardist Video Series...

    A lot of praise has been given as well to The Contemporary Keyboardist Video Series (Volumes 1 - 3). This series presents a visual enhancement of key elements of The Contemporary Keyboardist method with author, John Novello, explaining and demonstrating in-person these concepts.

    The volumes are entitled:

    • Volume 1: The Basics

    • Volume 2: Rhythm, Improvisation & The Blues

    • Volume 3: The Working Musician

    The Contemporary Keyboardist: (818) 506-0236


    Vol. I The Basics $29.95
    Vol. II Rhythm, Improvisation & The Blues $29.95
    Vol. III The Working Musician $29.95
    Complete Contemporary Keyboardist Video Set $89.95

    To purchase visit here!

    (800) 554-0626

    Stylistic Etudes...

    An "etude" is a short musical piece that teaches as well as entertains. John has written over 80 musical etudes, each one demonstrating and teaching a different musical style - rock, blues, gospel, country, reggae, funk, etc. etc. This will be a great tool for the musician to learn what makes up different styles of music and at the same time widen the player's understanding of them.  The book consists of 86 studies that cover 17 contemporary styles - jazz, fusion, Latin, rock, pop, stride, blues, new age, modal, bebop, and many more. Each etude comes with the score complete with chord symbols, fingering, CD and MIDI Disk and exact instructions to students and teachers on how to apply them. 

    Audio Examples


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    (800) 554-0626

    Dave Liebman

    David Liebman has been featured on nearly 300 recordings, of which he has been the leader and/or co-leader on nearly 100. Well over 200 original compositions have been recorded. His artistic output has ranged from straight ahead classic jazz to chamber music; from fusion to avant garde.

    Liebman has published material on a variety of subjects; instructional DVDs, published chamber music, and over the years he has contributed regularly to various periodicals such as the Saxophone Journal and the International Association of Jazz Educators Journal. He is the author of several milestone books: Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody, Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound and numerous others, several of which have been translated into other languages.

    His teaching activities at universities and in clinic settings have taken him literally around the world as a result of his varied musical directions and expertise on several instruments, along with an ability to articulate the intricacies of the jazz language, aesthetic and technique.




    A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody

    by David Liebman

    Learn to incorporate chromaticism (using notes outside the stated tonality to enhance a phrase) into your playing with this straight-forward, easy to understand approach that allows you to personalize as well as to modernize your existing jazz material. This book should be seen as a method to help the artist to develop his or her own way when trying to improvise chromatically. Through the concepts and examples offered, the improviser should be able to use this material alongside already familiar tonal ideas. Specifically, the book serves as a guide for organizing chromaticism into a coherent musical statement meant to satisfy both the intellectual and emotional needs of artistic creation. The reader will be introduced to more than one way of conceiving chromatic lines and harmonies. There is nothing theoretically complex or new in the text, it is the organization of the material as well as many musical examples and transcriptions (Bach, Scriabin, Coltrane, Shorter, Hancock, Beirach, Liebman a.o.) which should serve to inspire musicians to expand their usual diatonic vocabulary. This book also provides insight into the style of playing that David Liebman is known for. In addition the book contains 100 assorted solo lines and 100 chord voicings.

    An optional demonstration CD is also available to showcase concepts discussed in the book David Liebman: soprano saxophone, Phil Markowitz: piano, Vic Juris and Bob Reich: guitar. It includes verbal explanations, demonstrations from the book, play-along tracks, plus several listening tracks for your enjoyment. Each track is like a private lesson from master teacher David Liebman.



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    Book alone - $28.95

    Book/CD set only $42.95.

    CD alone - $14.95




    The Improviser's Guide To Transcription

    By Dave Liebman

    Transcription is a method that, enables musicians to learn and carefully examine the recorded solos of master improvisers. This videotape provides a detailed description of transcription itself, encompassing elements of ear training, notational devices, instrumental technique and musical analysis. Topics covered include the overall concepts and benefits of transcribing, saturated listening, vocalizing the solo, playing along with the recording, suggested methods of analysis, exercises to expand and individualize the material, categorizing and varying ii-V lines, and choosing a solo to work on.

    DVD - 90 Minutes


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    Understanding Jazz Rhythm: The Concept of Swing

    By Dave Liebman


    In jazz the concept of swing is often alluded to, but rarely described in detail. Here, noted saxophonist David Liebman discusses some basics of jazz rhythm such as phrasing eight notes and how to practice them. Also covered are subtle aspects like playing on top and on the bottom of the beat as well as metric modulation and more.

     DVD - 56 Minutes


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    Ron Gorow

    Ron Gorow has been in the music business in Hollywood for over 40 years, working in film, TV, records, live acts and publishing. He is a member of Professional Musicians Local 47, Recording Musicians Association, International Association of Jazz Educators and ASCAP. He has consolidated his experience as a composer, orchestrator, arranger, copyist, music engraver, score proofreader, musicologist and teacher to develop the techniques presented in Hearing and Writing Music.

    This is a must have book!

     "A concise and wonderfully clear book on how to notate musical thoughts."--Herb Alpert, recording artist, producer

    "Invaluable! Written by one of the most talented men in our business today." --Richard Carpenter, composer, recording artist

      Transcribing techniques to help you improvise, orchestrate, compose.
      How to maximize your creativity and productivity.
      How to develop your craft by consolidating techniques.
      How to read music with your ears.
      How you can write music without using an instrument.
      How to write music spontaneously, as your ear guides your hand.
      How to communicate accurately through music notation.
      Why you don't need "perfect pitch."
    Tools to develop your music perception.
      140 exercises, many music examples-models for a lifetime of study.
      Resources for composing, orchestrating, film scoring.
      Where to find supplies, organizations, information, inspiration.
      Working in the music business.
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    Rayburn Wright

    Find out what makes certain big band arrangements sound so great! Ray Wright has thoroughly analyzed eight classic charts from the pens of Thad Jones (“Three and One”, “Kids are Pretty People”, “Us”), Sammy Nestico (“Basie – Straight Ahead”, “Hay Burner”) and Bob Brookmeyer (“Hello and Goodbye”, “First Love Song”, “ABC Blues”).

    All 8 full, complete scores are presented, and the following elements are isolated and discussed: voicings, orchestration, textures, melodic construction, position of climaxes, passing chords, substitute chords, etc. All 8 charts are played on the CD by the University of Minnesota Jazz Ensemble. Bk/CD, 191 pages


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    Niels Lan Doky


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    Developing improvisational skills through solo transcription and analysis.

    Transcriptions are used to develop the ears, to derive technical exercises, and for analysis to gain understanding of the theory and techniques used to construct phrases.

    The following solo transcriptions are included as complete examples:

    Michael Brecker: Tenor saxophone solo on the chord changes to Bathsheba, from the Brecker Bros. album "Straphangin’"

    John Scofield: Guitar solo on the chord changes to Evansville, from his album "Flat Out".

    Randy Brecker: Trumpet solo on the chord changes to I Can’t Get Started from the Hal Galper album "Speak With A Single Voice".

    Ron McClure: Acoustic bass solo on the chord changes to Broken Dreams, from his album "McJolt".

    Herbie Hancock: Electric piano solo on the chord changes to No Means Yes from his album "Sunlight".

    Byron Miller: Electric bass solo on the chord changes to Reach For It from the George Duke album "Reach For It".

    Niels Lan Doky: Acoustic piano solo on the chord changes to Dreams from his album "Dreams".


    Fred Sturm


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    "Changes Over Time: The Evolution of Jazz Arranging" is conceived to illustrate, through comparative case studies, the dramatic development of rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, orchestrational, and structural variation in jazz arranging from the 1920s to the present. A broad category of compositions that have each inspired numerous jazz arrangements was established, and the arrangements associated with each of the original works were examined to determine the level of quality, the span of jazz history represented, and the number of renditions created by historically significant jazz arrangers, including Don Redman, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Gil Evans, Thad Jones, Bill Holman, Bob Brookmeyer, and Clare Fischer.

    The case studies were narrowed to 35 arrangements of three classic jazz compositions and one American popular standard song: Jelly "Roll" Morton's "King Porter Stomp", Don Redman's "Chant of the Weed", Gerald Marks and Seymour Simon's " All of Me", and Billy Strayhorn's "Take The A Train".

    Scores and/or parts representing nine decades were supplied by living arrangers, borrowed from collections, reconstructed from sketches, or transcribed from recordings. Four contemporary masters were ultimately commissioned to create new arrangements of four selected compositions.

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    Hal Galper


    A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Hal Galper is known as a Jazz educator all over the world.

    His theoretical and practical articles have appeared in every major jazz and jazz education publication.

    With over 82 recordings to his credit, 27 as a leader in his own right, pianist, educator, author and touring artist, Galper is best known for his work with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, John Scofield and the Phil Woods Quintet.

    He was awarded a Grammy nomination and a Grammy for his recordings with the Phil Woods Quartet and Quintet, a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Berklee College of Music, multiple awards for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education from the IAJE and has been a recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, The Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation and the New School of New York

    "Unlike most jazz method books, Hal Galper's FORWARD MOTION teaches you HOW to play, not WHAT to play. Hal has performed an invaluable service to jazz students and jazz educators everywhere. FORWARD MOTION is a work of genius, full of lessons from a master which will transform your playing."
    Don Glasgo
    Director of the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble
    Dartmouth College

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    Forward Motion  ~  From Bach To Bebop!



    In Hal's book, "Forward Motion" he brilliantly points out the differences between a mere theoretical approach to learning jazz...instead his book is based upon a "hands on" learning experience with the emphasis focused firmly on how to do it!  Besides the excellent written out musical examples Hal offers all who buy his book  entrance to 300 interactive online musical examples! Both a printed book version and e-book version are available.

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    The Touring Musician: A Small-Business Approach to Booking Your Band on the Road

    A clear road map guide to musicians traveling as solo performers or band members, this comprehensive book covers every aspect of preparing for and going on tour. Urging musicians to take control of their career, the author shoes how to apply sound business practices to band travel by evaluating assets, creating an action plan, researching negotiating, and booking venues, arranging transportation and hotels, managing personal and tour finances, and garnering publicity.

    “The definitive tour manual….This book will help transform road worriers into road warriors. Hal has left no stone unturned when it comes to the business and mechanics of taking a band on tour. Great for musicians, road managers, and agents alike. Keep it on your desk and pack it in your suitcase….It’s a complete reference guide to the road.”—Michael Brecker

    “Exhaustive in its detail [and] inspiring in that it empowers the reader to make headway through the complexities of the music business. Besides that, Hal’s humor, anecdotes, and friendly tone make the reading itself pleasurable. This has to be a milestone in how-to books!!”—David Liebman

    “Brilliantly and meticulously compiled for surviving as a traveling musician….All of us can learn from the straightforward, sometimes hilarious, clarity of Hal Galper’s hindsight experiences. All who travel need to include this book in their personal libraries—even if they have management.”—Rufus Reid

    With more than 80 recordings to his credit, 30 as a leader in his own right, pianist, composer, publisher, educator, author, and touring artist Hal Galper is best known for his work with such legends of jazz as Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, Roy Eldridge, Phil Woods, and Art Blakey. Graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 1959, at the height of the bebop era, Hal Galper steadily built his reputation in the changing environment of jazz. He anchored such bands as the Slide Hampton Quartet, the Lee Konitz Duo, the Stan Getz Quartet, and many others.

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    The Complete Arranger




    One of the most comprehensive and appealing books of its kind! Packed with a wealth of information, examples, and excerpts, the book alone would be an excellent addition to anyone's library. Add in the 79-track CD that lets you hear the printed examples, and this really becomes essential! Covers virtually everything an aspiring arranger needs to know: scoring techniques for all instruments from piccolo to harp, effective arrangement forms and components, concepts of orchestration, how to use synthesizers and other electronic devices, writing for symphonic band and much more. The format is user-friendly and logical, and the strong wire binding makes the book easy to use at the keyboard. Highly recommended!



    Brian Kane

    Constructing Melodic Jazz Improvisation

    It's about more than technique.
    It's about more than memorizing patterns.
    It's about more than learning the right notes.

    It's about style.
    It's about phrasing control.
    It's about creative design and intent.
    It's about learning to play the language of jazz.

    Constructing Melodic Jazz Improvisation contains detailed explanations and analysis of the creative and improvisational techniques musicians use for style, phrasing, solo development, and motivic improvisation in an easy to follow step-by-step format. Ten progressively difficult chapters, containing dozens of improvisational exercises, explore jazz improvisation from creative, melodic and technical perspectives. The book is designed to meet all of the national standards and frameworks for music education and is a comprehensive improvisational curriculum for both individuals and classes. The book includes a 52 track play-a-long and demonstration CD featuring Paul Schmeling (Piano), Whit Browne (Bass), James Lattini (Drums), Jeff Galindo (Trombone), Daniel Ian Smith (Alto Sax), Trent Austin (Trumpet), and Brian Kane (Tenor Sax).

    "Funky Blues Play-Along"

    "Medium Blues Plan-Along"

    "Example Phrasing Exercise"



    Jazz Style and Technique for Saxophone and Treble Clef


    Creative Jazz Sight Reading

    Look Inside! View a free demonstration chapter of Creative Jazz Sight Reading.


    Constructing Melodic Jazz Improvisation book for Concert KeyConstructing Melodic Jazz Improvisation book for B Flat

    Look Inside! View the table of contents from Constructing Melodic Jazz Improvisation and hear excerpts from the 52 track play-a-long CD.

    Constructing Melodic Jazz Improvisation book for BassConstructing Melodic Jazz Improvisation book for E Flat

    The books are available in Concert Key, Bass Clef, E Flat, and B Flat editions.  All Editions are only $24.95

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    (Free "Exploring Jazz Improvisation" podcasts/audio lessons here!)


    Developed specifically for beginner and intermediate level students, this workbook offers detailed self-guided instruction on how to create a swing feel, use swing articulations, and integrate jazz inflections into any composition. 15 original and fun jazz etudes with chord symbols are presented in multiple key signature variations. Readers are given the opportunity to gain technical fluency in different key signatures while remaining focused on creating an authentic jazz style. This workbook is ideal for ALL TREBLE CLEF INSTRUMENTS.

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    Improve your Jazz Sight Reading!


    Creative Jazz Sight Reading is a comprehensive sight reading workbook for beginner, intermediate, and advanced musicians. Musicians can improve their jazz style and sight reading by practicing the 10 progressively difficult rhythmic lessons. Lessons contain hundreds of jazz rhythms notated with proper swing articulations, creative and fun improvisational rhythmic etudes, and challenging blues etudes. Each lesson includes notation for Concert key, E flat, B flat, and Bass clef instruments. This workbook is for ALL instruments. 

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    About the Author

    Brian J. Kane attended the Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, graduated magna cum laude in 1995, and later received an M.S.M. from Bridgewater State College. Brian is an active musician performing in jazz groups, rock and popular bands, and commercial recording. Also a dedicated music educator, Brian has taught classroom music in both public and private schools for over 10 years and given over 10,000 private lessons on saxophone. He has developed innovative teaching techniques for jazz styles, sight reading, and melodic improvisational concepts.

    David Winkler

    David Winkler has an excellent book on Chord Symbols!

    Chord Symbols demystifies the often confusing world of chord symbol notation. In an easy, chapter-by-chapter presentation, you will learn important concepts such as:

    • The six types of seventh chords

    • Extensions and alterations

    • The difference between ninth chords and “add 9” chords

    • Chord functions and voicings

    At the end of each chapter, suggestions are offered to help you put into practice what you have learned.


    “It’s about time! David Winkler has written a wonderful guide for keyboard and other rhythm section players to use in learning to interpret chord symbols. There is so much music in the church today that requires reading this kind of notation, and there is no one better to write this book than David Winkler. He has the knowledge and the experience to create a text that anyone can read and use. Congratulations, David, on a job well done!” — Camp Kirkland, arranger/conductor, Franklin, TN



    Chord Symbols: A Guide to Interpretation

    60 pages, comb-bound with a durable plastic cover
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    “David’s new Chord Symbols book is a must-have for everyone who needs to read and interpret chords, especially keyboard players. The book is easy to understand, yet thorough in coverage, and combines David’s heart as a teacher and musician. Other theory books are academically correct, but David adds practical application, which makes it immediately usable to the player. Go buy one for yourself, and then buy one for everyone you work with who reads chords!” —Dennis Allen, composer/arranger, Brentwood, TN

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    Don Sebesky

    An authoritative, easy-to-understand text covering all aspects of arranging by master arranger Don Sebesky. This beautifully bound edition contains a compact disc with examples performed by jazz greats such as George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws and Don Sebesky's complete orchestra.



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