[Smt-talk] [Smt-announce] OT -beginning jazz piano

K. Christian McGuire kmcguire at bitstream.net
Tue Feb 3 16:54:06 PST 2009

I frequently use with my student's both Mark Levine's The Jazz Piano Book as well as his Jazz Theory Workbook.  In fact I recommend most of the Sher Music Co. publications. 

Frank Mantooth's Voicings for Jazz Keyboard is good for the same reasons stated by Mike Rogers. 

Another neat book is John Valerio's intros, endings & turnarounds for Keyboard (ISBN 0-634-02301-2).

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Brian Kane 
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  Sent: Monday, February 02, 2009 11:39 PM
  Subject: Re: [Smt-announce] [Smt-talk] OT -beginning jazz piano


  It might be more than your student needs, but I highly recommend Mark Levine's The Jazz Piano Book. It's practically oriented with plenty of notated examples, good explanations of chord symbols, transcribed songs, discographies, etc. It less a theory text and more in the spirit of a "thoroughbass treatise" for jazz piano. 


  Brian Kane
  Assistant Professor
  Department of Music
  Yale University
  143 Elm St., Rm. 208

  On Feb 2, 2009, at 8:50 AM, David Claman wrote:

    I'm off topic as usual but expect that the collective knowledge of the list members will be helpful.

    I have a student who wants to learn a little about jazz piano. What I think would be appropriate would be a book (or website?) that has an explanation of chord symbols and chord voicings, but also has a few tunes transcribed/notated. She is a foreign student with little knowledge of jazz but is a good reader. I think the notated examples would give her some satisfaction before she delves into complexities of chord voicings and substutions and improvisation. The level of the material should be introductory.

    Please let me know of your recommendations.

    Thank you,
    David Claman
    Lehman College CUNY

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