Five superb albums of graded pieces provide a wealth of jazz repertoire for you to play. Throughout, there is a huge range of styles, from bebop blues to calypsos, boogie-woogie to ballads, jazz waltzes to free jazz. There are classic tunes by the jazz greats, including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. And there are brand-new pieces specially commissioned from professional British jazz musicians and educators. Each album presents 15 pieces in three lists: blues, standards and contemporary jazz. The head of each piece is set out with all the characteristic voicings, phrasing and rhythmic patterns you need for a stylish performance. The improvised section gives guideline pitches and left-hand voicings as a practical starting-point. Accessible, student-centred and of the highest musical standards, these pieces will get you playing jazz confidently and creatively.
Barrelhouse Blues [Tim Richards] ; Walking Blues [John Myhill] ; Birk's Works [Dizzy Gillespie] ; Blues for Tom [Charles Beale] ; Allfarthing Blues [Julian Joseph] ; I wish I knew how it would feel to be free [Billy Taylor] ; Fly me to the Moon (In other words) [Bart Howard] ; Sombrero Sam [Charles Lloyd] ; A Smooth One [Benny Goodman] ; The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) [Moises Simons] ; Swing Fun [Huw Warren] ; Neat Feet [Michael Garrick] ; Spanish Sketch [Terry Seabrook] ; Sails [Nikki Iles] ; Saturday [Roland Perrin]