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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 […]

The H.A. VanderCook Solo Collection: 25 Characteristic Pieces for Solo Trumpet and Piano

H.A. VanderCook Solo Collection includes 25 enjoyable compositions for solo cornet/trumpet, and all the titles are derived from flower or plant names.

Heinrich Baermann: Lesser Known Works for the Clarinet

Dr. Madelyn Moore has compiled three largely forgotten works by Baermann in this unique collection, hoping that by studying and performing these works, clarinetists will gain a better understanding of this important instrumental predecessor.

New Solos for Classical Mandolin: Concert Repertoire for Practice & Performance

“New Solos for Classical Mandolin” is a unique collection of original solo compositions for mandolin designed for both practice and performance.

Make It New: Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century

Jazz writer and college professor Bill Beuttler explores new ways in which jazz is engaging with society through the vivid biographies and music of artists such as Jason Moran, Anat Cohen, Robert Glasper, and Esperanza Spalding.

Nine Pieces for Solo Guitar by Johann Sebastian Bach

This collection, edited by Fred Sokolow of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), puts nine of Bach’s most memorable melodies at the fingertips of the modern guitarist, including selections from his famous suites for both cello and lute.

The Nightingale’s Sonata: The Musical Odyssey of Lea Luboshutz

Spanning generations, from the shores of the Black Sea to the glittering concert halls of New York, The Nightingale’s Sonata centers around violin virtuoso Lea Luboshutz.