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Carl Saunders of Locals 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and 369 (Las Vegas, NV) has spent his life playing trumpet with some of the most well-known and exciting bands in the US, including hitting the road at 18 with Stan Kenton’s band. “This is my book of original tunes,” says Saunders. “I thought that a fake book of originals would be something different for jazz students or professionals, so I went through the songs that I have written through the years and compiled this book.” The book contains more than 300 tunes—ballads, bossa novas, sambas, and straight-ahead tunes. It is available in four different keys.
New Jazz Standards, by Carl Saunders, Carl Saunders Music, www.carlsaunders.com.