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Jazz Brushes for the Modern Drummer: An Essential Guide to the Art of Keeping Time

In this book, Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer, educator, and producer Ulysses Owens Jr. explains the history of the development of the brushes in jazz along with exercises and illustrations for better performance. Includes: play-along tracks and demos, instructional videos, bonus interviews, and a comprehensive list of recordings of jazz brush players. by Ulysses Owens […]

Not Our First Goat Rodeo

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile  Not Our First Goat Rodeo is the long-awaited follow-up album to the Grammy Award-winning The Goat Rodeo Sessions by four diverse musicians who combine talent and friendship into a genre-defying work. The group is: Yo-Yo Ma (cello), of Local 802 (New York City), a classical cellist […]

When the World Stops Ending

Dave Carroll  Dave Carroll, the creator behind “United Breaks Guitars,” the groundbreaking YouTube music video considered by many to be the greatest customer service complaint in history, has released a new song and video that is current and relevant for the times. Written and produced during the current COVID-19 pandemic, this song is meant to reflect our […]

Up Jumped the Devil: the Real Life of Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson’s recordings have profoundly influenced generations of singers, guitarists, and songwriters. Yet until now, his short life—he was murdered at the age of 27—has been poorly documented. In this definitive biography, the authors relied on every interview, resource, and document they have collected over 50 years of research. The book will astonish blues fans […]

Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time

Music journalist Philip Clark provides a thoughtful, thorough, and long-overdue biography of jazz legend Dave Brubeck—an extraordinary man whose influence continues to inform and inspire musicians today. This book tells one of the last untold stories of jazz, unearthing the secret history of “Take Five” and many previously unknown aspects of Brubeck’s early career. Each […]

Flying Fingers: Authentic & Accurate Fingerstyle Guitar Anthology 

Flying Fingers covers an expansive variety of styles and techniques through its 50 transcriptions with historical and performance notes for each. Styles covered include early and modern blues fingerstyle, ragtime, Hawaiian slack-key, American primitive, Bahamian fingerstyle, Nashville finger-picking and Travis-picking, British Isles and American folk revival, new age, classical, modern, and everything in between.  Hal […]

Accompanied Orchestral Excerpts for Horn 

This book by Jeffry Kirschen, of Local 77 (Philadelphia, PA), is an audio and visual method for practicing excerpts. The method is designed to help you improve your rhythm and intonation for better audition results. You simply listen to the MP3 files of the accompaniments while you play each of the 19 excerpts, or have a pianist play […]

All Singing: The Elise Witt Songbook

Swiss-born, Atlanta-based singer, composer, educator Elise Witt, a member of Local 1000 (non-geographic), has released a book of 58 original songs arranged for solo and community singing. From folk ballads and jazz vocalizes to rounds and singalongs, Elise’s music spans many styles and continents, and includes her Polyrhythmic Multi-lingual Musical Collages. Available in print and […]

Jim Brickman, 25th Anniversary Greatest Hits

Pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman has released his latest album—a compilation of him singing 15 of his biggest hits from the past 25 years.

Daniel Szabo, Visionary: New Music for Jazz Trio & Chamber Ensemble

“Visionary” by David Szabo of Local 47 was written for a unique instrumentation combining woodwind sextet with string quartet and jazz rhythm section.