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GETTING STARTED - Just starting to play jazz? These books are for you.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL - Need some fresh ideas? Try these resources.

HORN PLAYERS - Books for woodwind and brass players.

GUITARISTS - Comping, soloing, chord voicings and more.

PIANISTS - Comping, soloing, chord voicings and more for keyboard players.

BASSISTS - Walking, latin rhythms, soloing, etc.

DRUMMERS - Fundamentals, styles, advanced techniques...

VIBRAPHONE - Chord voicings, technique, soloing.

VOCALISTS - Technique, repertoire, scat singing.

FAKE BOOKS - The best books in the biz - 100% legal.

DOWNLOADABLE SHEET MUSIC - Fine collections of standards and The Digital Real Book.

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GETTING STARTED


A Guide to Jazz Improvisation C Instruments  by John LaPorta

A Guide to Jazz Improvisation - Bb Instruments  by John LaPorta

A Guide to Jazz Improvisation - Eb Instruments  by John LaPorta

A Guide to Jazz Improvisation: Bass Clef Instruments  by John LaPorta

The Blues Scales:  by Dan Greenblatt

Blues Improvisation Complete - C Instruments  by Jeff Harrington

Blues Improvisation Complete - Bb Instruments  by Jeff Harrington

Blues Improvisation Complete - Eb Instruments  by Jeff Harrington

Blues Improvisation Complete - Bass Instruments by Jeff Harrington

The Jazz Language: A Theory Text for Jazz Composition and Improvisation  by Dan Haerle

The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine

The Real Easy Book - Volume 1

The Real Easy Book - Volume 2

The Real Easy Ear Training Book by Roberta Radley (Berklee)
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL BOOKS


Practicing the Jazz Vocabulary by Dan Hesler

250 Jazz Patterns by Evan Tate

Blues and Rhythm Changes in All Keys by Evan Tate

Forward Motion  by Hal Galper

The Serious Jazz Practice Book for All Instruments: Melodic Materials for the Modern Jazz Soloist  by Barry Finnerty

Jazz Composition: Theory and Practice (Berklee Press) by Ted Pease
HORN PLAYERS


Saxophonist Randy Hunter's excellent books for horn players:

Complete Jazz Styles, Books 1 & 2 for sax, trumpet, trombone & flute

Complete Jazz Styles Duets for sax, trumpet, trombone & flute

Set the Stage Jazz Combo Arrangements


JAZZ TRUMPET

The Art of Jazz Trumpet by John McNeil

Exploring Jazz Trumpet: An Introduction to Jazz Harmony, Technique and Improvisation by Ollie Weston and Mark Armstrong


JAZZ TROMBONE

Complete Jazz Styles Introductory Etudes in Jazz Comprehension, Book1: Trombone by Randy Hunter

Jazz Trombone: Concepts and Ideas by Jiggs Whigham


JAZZ SAXOPHONE

Level Three Jazz Etudes for Saxophone by Randy Hunter

Two great books by our friend jazz saxophonist Greg Fishman:

Jazz Saxophone Duets

Jazz Saxophone Etudes

12 Contemporary Jazz Etudes: Tenor Saxophone by Bob Mintzer

Jazz Style and Technique Workbook for All Saxophones by Brian Kane
GUITAR PLAYERS


An excellent book by our colleague guitarist Scott Reed:

Getting into Guitar Improvising: A Systematic Approach to Soloing

Jazz Guitar Structures by Andrew Green

Jazz Guitar Single Note Soloing, Volume 2 by Ted Greene

Intervallic Designs for Jazz Guitar by Joe Diorio

Jazz Guitar Comping by Andrew Green

Through Chord Melody and Beyond by Howard Morgen

Jazz Guitar Voicings - Vol. 1: The Drop 2 Book by Randy Vincent

Three-note Voicings and Beyond by Randy Vincent
PIANO PLAYERS


The Jazz Piano Book  by Mark Levine

Voicings For Jazz Keyboard by Frank Mantooth

Playing Jazz Piano by Bob Mintzer

Jazz Piano Voicings by Rob Mullins
BASS PLAYERS


Foundation Exercises For Bass  by Chuck Sher

Evolving Bassist  by Rufus Reid

The Improvisor's Bass Method  by Chuck Sher

Concepts for Bass Soloing  by Chuck Sher, Marc Johnson

60 Melodic Etudes by John Patitucci

The Jazz Bass Book - Technique and Tradition  by John Goldsby

The Latin Bass Book  by Chuck Sher, Oscar Stagnaro

Reading Contemporary Electric Bass: Guitar Technique (Fretted)  by Rich Appleman

101 Bass Tips: Stuff All the Pros Know and Use  by Gary Willis
DRUMMERS


The Art of Bop Drumming by John Riley

The Art of Modern Jazz Drumming by Jack DeJohnette

World Jazz Drumming by Mark Walker

Advanced Techniques For The Modern Drummer by Jim Chapin
VIBRAPHONE


Voicing and Comping for Jazz Vibraphone by Thomas L. Davis

The Jazz Vibraphone Book: Etudes in the Style of the Masters by Dick Sisto
VOCALISTS


Jazz Singer's Handbook: The Artistry and Mastery of Singing Jazz by Michele Weir

The Complete Guide to Teaching Vocal Jazz by Stephen Zegree

Singing Jazz by Bruce Crowther and Mike Pinfold

The Jazz Singer's Guidebook by David Berkman
FAKE BOOKS


The finest jazz fake books published anywhere — great tunes, accurate charts, beautifully presented by our friend Chuck Sher:

The New Real Book, Volume 1 (Key of C)

The New Real Book, Volume 2 (Key of C)

The New Real Book, Vol. 3

The Latin Real Book: C Edition

The World's Greatest Fake Book

The Standards Real Book (C Version)

The All-Jazz Real Book (C Version)

The European Real Book (C Version)
DIGITAL REAL BOOKS


Our friends at OnlineSheetMusic are now distributing The Digital Real Book. It's a collection of hundreds of great tunes in 3 volumes drawn from the Sher Music editions of The Real Book. Download the books OR purchase single charts. Don't wait a week for mail delivery - download your charts instantly.

For keys, guitar, bass and all other "C" instruments:

The Digital Real Book, Part 1 (C Version)

The Digital Real Book, Part 2 (C Version)

The Digital Real Book, Part 3 (C Version)

For trumpet, soprano and tenor sax and all other "Bb" instruments:

The Digital Real Book, Part 1 (Bb Version)

The Digital Real Book, Part 2 (Bb Version)

The Digital Real Book, Part 3 (Bb Version)

For alto and baritone sax and all other "Eb" instruments:

The Digital Real Book, Part 1 (Eb Version)

The Digital Real Book, Part 2 (Eb Version)

The Digital Real Book, Part 3 (Eb Version)
OnlineSheetMusic also has an extensive selection of downloadable sheet music. If you don't want to buy a whole fake book there's a very good chance they have a digital version of the song you're searching for. Looking for a lead sheet? Click HERE to search.

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