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Standard of Excellence: First Jazz Performance

by Dean Sorenson

The Perfect Introduction to Jazz Performance!

SOE First Jazz Performance is modeled after the First Performance series by Bruce Pearson and Barrie Gott. It is a collection of ten grade ยฝ jazz charts, but with the addition of optional concert band instrumentation. This highly versatile and flexible book will encourage and support students in their first explorations of jazz style and performance, whether in a jazz ensemble or a concert band setting.

Highlights include:
- TEN full charts in Rock, Latin, and Swing styles.

- RHYTHM STUDIES help players learn the rhythms used in each piece through clapping.

- UNISON SOLOS introduce young students to jazz soloing without requiring them to improvise.

- IMPROVISATION STARTERS included in the Director Score can be photocopied for students ready to improvise.

- TWO Drum set parts (traditional and simplified)

- TWO Guitar parts (melody and chorus)

- DIRECTOR SCORE includes CD with Rhythm Studies, Unison Solo Studies, and Complete Recordings of all the charts.

- STUDENT BOOKS include access to FREE Downloads of full length recordings of each chart; rhythm and solo study accompaniment grooves; and improvisation starter sheets.

CLICK HERE to access the Kjos Media Player featuring Rhythm Studies, Solo Studies, Complete Recordings, and Improvisation Starter Sheets.

Minimum Instrumentation:1st and 2nd Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, 1st and 2nd Trumpet, 1st Trombone, Piano, Bass, and Drum Set 1.*

* The Cymbals and Snare Drum/Bass Drum parts may be used with or in place of the Drum Set 1 and/or Drum Set 2 parts.
Sample Pages
Improvisation Starter: Tyrannosaurus Charlie Improvisation Starter: Power Trip
Improvisation Starter: Hog's Breath Cafe Improvisation Starter: Let's Talk About the Moon
Improvisation Starter: Brazilian Sunset Improvisation Starter: Tumbleweed Gulch
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Audio Files
Tyrannosaurus Charlie: Rhythm Study 1 (A+B)
Tyrannosaurus Charlie: Rhythm Study 2 (A+B)
Tyrannosaurus Charlie: Rhythm Study 3 (A+B)
Tyrannosaurus Charlie: Rhythm Study 4 (A+B)
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Video Files
First Jazz Performance Overview
First Jazz Performance - Tyrannosaurus Charlie (Video)
First Jazz Performance - The Rhythm Section (Video)
First Jazz Performance - Getting the Group to Phrase Together (Video)
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