Color Me Jazz, Book 1 is a collection of jazz piano solos specifically composed to provide jazz piano teaching material for the early levels of piano study. Within this collection the prominent characteristics of the jazz style are covered such as: syncopation; walking bass; twelve-bar blues chord structure; bass ostinato, and more. This book will serve as a strong motivational force that will enrich and broaden the musical experience for students and teachers.
An excellent supplement for the late elementary to early intermediate piano student, Jazz Piano Projects introduces concepts not usually included in traditional studies. Ear training, a 'must' when playing jazz, is stressed as this unique volume incorporates the "experience before the symbol" approach. An extensive glossary gives both the student and teacher not only a valuable reference, but a starting place for further exploration into the fabulous world of jazz music!
Pop Improv features twelve improvisational concepts, each one illustrated with a piece written on the left page, followed by an improvisation model on the right page. All of the R.H. improvisation models are based on 5-finger positions as well as a simple 1-2-1 crossover fingering in some models to add melodic interest. The L.H. consists of fifths making improvising easy for elementary students of all ages. Includes a CD for students to play along with and be a part of a real band.
There are nine units in this book, starting with the basic blues scale in C, then moving to the keys of D, G, A, and E. Each unit has four parts: a blues scale; an illustrative short original piece; a “riff improv” where students can combine riffs in any order; and finally, a free improv that allows students to use riffs already learned as well as improvise new ones. This step-by-step approach ensures progress, always building on previously learned skills. Includes recordings, and MIDI files are available as free downloads below.
Color Me Jazz, Book 2 contains 13 authentic-sounding jazz piano teaching pieces written for the intermediate level. Distinctive jazz melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic qualities are expressed throughout the pieces in this book.
This brand new collection of early intermediate original jazz solos by Kevin Olson and Edwin McLean is sure to open the door for students to discover a new avenue of self-expression and originality! Through these creative new pieces students are encouraged to explore the variety of styles within the jazz idiom and experiment with their own unique improvisatory ideas!
¡Ole! Is an entirely new collection of original Latin American dance music that brilliantly recreates the variety of Latin American jazz forms (Conga, Rhumba, Merengue, Paso Doble, and more). Rich in rhythmic flavor, students will love playing these challenging solos.
What a fun book for lovers of four-hand music! Following the success of the In the Key of Jazz solo books, Olson and McLean team up again with a great new set of original jazz duets, with styles ranging from swing to Cuban salsa, and a gorgeous new ballad, Alone in a Crowd. The “call and answer” riffs float between the second and primo parts in an improvisatory manner using jazz idioms such as barrelhouse blues and walking bass. The syncopations will sharpen your students’ rhythmic and ensemble skills. Titles include: Da Blooz; Groove Town; That’s What; Ode to the Bass Player; and Habana Vieja.
Book 2, for the intermediate piano student, takes jazz expression to an entirely new level! This new collection of original jazz solos by Kevin Olson and Edwin McLean incorporates a wide range of expression. From the relaxed and easy-going Swingin It, to the Latin-flavored En Calle Ocho, to the driving originality of Whazzitooyah?, your students will relish playing in the key of jazz.
Jazz Improv is a core book of the Jazz in Focus Library, introducing students to seventh chords, the ii-V-I chord progression, and approach tones. As with the two previous improv books, the step-by-step approach encompassing: 1) a simple concept, 2) a short demonstration piece, 3) riffs for improvising, and 4) a free improvisation chart assures steady progress and opens the door to more advanced study. Jazz Improv is an essential introduction for any piano student who wants to begin the study of jazz, and the material is flexible enough to be used by younger as well as more experienced players.
Featuring a fresh and original approach to the dances of Latin America and the Caribbean, these solos by Lee Evans are sure to motivate your students. Fun to play, and not requiring lots of time to work up, these could be used for performance or casual gig. Some of the dances included are cumbia, guaracha, habanera, merengue and tango. In particular, Son cubano is sure to be an instant classic.
Colorful and atmospheric, this collection has captivated performers and listeners alike since it’s first publication in 1993. Six pieces evoke images of evening scenes starting with First Star and ending with Daybreak. This 18 minute dusk-to-dawn suite can be programmed in it’s entirety, and a full recording is available on Edwin McLean’s new CD "Don’t Say Goodbye."
This set of five short movements is a synthesis of classical, popular, and jazz idioms. The title Wind Songs was chosen to reflect the gentle, ephemeral quality of the music. Pianists should strive for a delicate, non-percussive approach to the music. Originally published in 1991, this 18-minute suite has stood the test of time and can be programmed in its entirety. Students are encouraged to listen to the recording available on Edwin McLean’s CD “Don’t Say Goodbye.”
Atmospheric and introspective, Don’t Say Goodbye contains original jazz-inspired works spanning four decades. The album features some of McLean’s most popular jazz works with The FJH Music Company, such as Lágrimas en la noche, Jazz Nocturnes (Volumes 1 and 2), and Nightworks; also a few unpublished jewels such as Theme from Woodworks and Memories of Changing Time. An album you’ll want to listen to again and again.